posted Jun 10, 2013
Injury Level: TBI
Injury Date: 10/16/2007
“I’m going to do one more coat of varnish before I head out for Furniture Market, “ Jim said on October 16, 2008 from the screened porch where he was standing on an 8 ft. ladder. In less than a minute, he had lost his balance and fallen, taking the ladder with him and crashing onto the concrete floor. He was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center and diagnosed with a skull fracture and broken shoulder. He was talking and functioning normally but hours later, his brain was bleeding, clotting, and swelling. His cerebellum and brain stem were affected. After emergency brain surgery, the doctor told us: “If he makes it through the night, he’ll never be the same.” Well, he made it!
After two years of recovery and therapy, Jim continues to improve, slowly but surely. A dedicated husband and father of two teenaged boys, Jim thankfully still has his cognitive powers, personality, sense of humor, and memory. He is working on walking, standing, talking, and fine motor skills with help from Race to Walk trainers and a speech therapist. Formerly a world-traveling executive, his attitude is outstanding and he is driven to succeed. “I am lucky to have a loving and supportive family and many wonderful friends and colleagues,” says Jim.