A recent feature in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch profiled patient Rob Schwartzman Jr.
On Oct. 20, while investigating a security incident at the hospital at which he worked, Rob was rammed with a car, sustaining a traumatic brain injury.
After weeks in a coma, Rob started to regain consciousness, and was transferred to Shirley Ryan AbilityLab via air transport on Dec. 7.
According to the article, “Schwartzman had at least three hours of therapy a day. In time, he advanced from sitting up in bed to standing, walking with a walker, brushing his teeth, preparing a meal and climbing stairs. He was soon able to hold a conversation and started to recover his memory.”
The article quotes Sangeeta Driver, MD, MPH, attending physician, who was part of Rob's care team at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.
“What makes brain injuries so difficult is they disrupt our most basic needs to move, to think, to speak, to communicate our needs,” Dr. Driver said.
After his Grad Day in January, Rob returned to the St. Louis area, where he continues rehabilitation locally and married his fiancé, Wendy, who stayed with him throughout his time at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.