GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) In a single year, about two and half million people end up in the emergency room, hospitalized, or dead because of traumatic brain injury. March is the month focused on creating awareness of brain injury and ways to treat and prevent it.
Brain Injury Awareness Month occurs in spring as people start to get outside and participate in sports and recreational activities. But with those sports and activities comes risk.
A brain injury can be anything from a mild concussion to a permanently disabling condition. Mary Free Bed has a vast continuum of care for brain injury patients through its Brain Injury and Post-Concussion programs.
Lane Bargeron was traveling with his family through Ohio in a snowstorm the day after Christmas in 2012. They got into a crash, and Lane sustained a very severe brain injury. He was at Mary Free Bed for eight months for rehabilitation and now is back at home with his wife and young daughter. His wife Emily was studying to be a nurse at the time. She was so inspired by the care at Mary Free Bed that she decided to go into rehabilitation nursing.
Dr. Stephen Bloom, medical director of Mary Free Bed’s Brain Injury and Post-Concussion programs, was involved in a bicycle accident about a year and a half ago. He went for the first bike ride of the spring and was hit head on by a car. His helmet saved his life, cracking in the process, but protecting his head.
The staff at Mary Free Bed take Brain Injury Awareness Month as an extra opportunity to educate patients and families about brain injury prevention such as wearing a properly fitted helmet.
Mary Free Bed is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2016. Click here to learn more about the hospital and its Brain Injury and Post-Concussion programs or search #AskForMary.