Daniel Brooks, 59, was an unrestrained passenger involved in a car crash on April 11, 2011. It resulted in incomplete quadriplegia, a condition where there is partial damage to the spinal cord. He was transported by ambulance to the Vanderbilt trauma unit where he stayed for several weeks until he was medically stable to transfer to rehabilitation.
On June 1, 2011 he transferred to Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital where he started intensive spinal cord injury rehabilitation. At the time of transfer he required total assist for all mobility and activities of daily living (ADL) such as grooming, hygiene and bathing. Over the course of his stay, his spinal cord injury team case manager acquired an electric wheelchair for Daniel, along with a lift for ease of transfers, a shower chair and a hospital bed for use in his home. His wife, Deborah, took measurements and made a video of their home so that the Stallworth team could make additional modification recommendations. Once the modifications were made, an additional video was made to demonstrate the family's ability to appropriately use all the equipment.
Deborah spent a week at Stallworth for additional family training. She learned to use all the equipment and provide the care Daniel needed to allow a safe discharge back home. By the time of discharge, Daniel was able to feed himself, assist in dressing himself and move on his own in his power chair.
Since returning home, he has continued to make progress with home health therapy. He still performs his home exercise program but says he misses the therapists at Stallworth. Deborah stated, "I love Stallworth and Daniel loves the people there."
Thanks to strong family support, Deborah has been able to continue working full-time without having to worry about Daniel.