Monthly Archives: December 2011

Brain Injured Pro Snowboarder Happy To Live A Normal Life

Former professional snowboarder Kevin Pearce snowboarded for the first time in two years last week after suffering a devastating brain injury that left many wondering if he would ever live a normal life. Pearce was a favorite to win a medal at the Vancouver Games when he had his accident in December 2009. While training on the half-pipe, something went wrong, and Pearce’s head slammed onto the lip of the half-pipe. He says he remembers nothing of that night. The injury left Pearce in the hospital for weeks with memory loss, blurred vision and problems with balance and speech. Pearce’s snowboarding career was over. Instead of training for the Olympics, Pearce had to train just to live a normal life. He trained tirelessly in rehab, eventually regaining his speech and vision, and attempting to regain his balance enough where he could ride a snowboard. “There are bigger things in life…
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Teenager Still Waiting On Florida To Pay What They Owe

A Colorado teenager is asking for $30.8 million from the state of Florida, the money awarded to him by a jury in 2007 for injuries he sustained at birth in a Florida hospital. 14-year-old Aaron Edwards’ mother, Mitzi Roden, says his brain was injured during birth at the Lee Memorial Health System in 1997. A jury agreed, finding that the hospital was negligent and failed to follow standard hospital rules and regulations. The family has not been able to collect the $30.8 million award, though. The fact that the medical institution is a governmental entity means the Florida legislature must review all claims bills. Edwards’ attorneys say it has become the practice of the Florida legislature to sit on claims bills so they are rarely concluded. In a letter to Florida state representatives, Edwards said, “My Christmas wish this year is for the state of Florida to give me a…
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Brain Injury Survivor Asks Fiancée To Marry Him A Second Time

A 21-year-old Craig, Colorado man is happy to be back in his hometown and happy to be alive after suffering a traumatic brain injury that almost killed him. Steven Sharp was riding in a motocross race on June 26 at Thunder Ridge Motor Sports Park when he had his accident. His fiancée, 19-year-old Kailee Greenwood, did not see the crash, but knew something was wrong when she saw Sharp’s bike being taken off the track. “I freaked out and knew it wasn’t good because he wasn’t standing up,” she said. “I was the only one at the race that day, so I had to answer all the medical questions and set up the ambulance and life flight all by myself.” When Sharp arrived at the hospital, the prognosis was grim. His family said he looked grey, like a corpse. But he made it through the first 72 hours. In August…
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