Duane reunites with his nurse

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Duane's Story: Full Circle After Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted By Megan Washburn


When Duane sustained a severe traumatic brain injury, his future was uncertain. His father, Duane Sr., a retired Marine, pushed for him to go to Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.

Duane was admitted in a semi-conscious state to Shirley Ryan AbilityLab's Amicous Program, one of the few in the country designed to support brain-injured patients in minimally conscious states.


“From Day One at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, he was in therapy — Saturdays, Sundays, seven days a week. But there were no guarantees, everyone’s brain injury is different,” said Duane Sr. “As things progressed he kept getting better. Taking his first step, speaking: he had none of those functions when he arrived. It gives you sense there’s light at the end of the tunnel.”

Several months ago, Duane returned to Shirley Ryan AbilityLab to visit the team that helped make his recovery possible.

Watch to see how far he’s come.

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