Posted on Thursday, April 15th, 2010 at 11:17 am
Sean Godfrey, a University of Texas at Dallas graduate student, was involved in a pickup truck accident in 1999 that left him with a traumatic brain injury (TBI), a fracture to the base of his skull, and a broken hip and tailbone.
After months of rehabilitative therapy he was able to overcome the effects of his brain injury, which included post-traumatic amnesia and aphasia (the inability to use language).
He is now almost done earning his masters of science in communication disorders from the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at UT Dallas, and is eager to establish a rehabilitation and research center for TBI survivors once he graduates.
“I have learned how difficult it can be to overcome a TBI,” said Godfrey. “People call it a silent epidemic because if you saw someone who has suffered a TBI, there would be no way to know that he has some serious deficit in communication and language and his cognition isn’t at the level it was before the incident.”
Godfrey wants his foundation to aid TBI survivors in overcoming their disabilities, to become fully functioning members of society while continuously improving their quality of life.
Sean Godfrey’s example is something we could all aspire to. If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury or are seeking legal information in the area of brain injuries, contact the New Jersey brain injury attorneys of Levinson Axelrod, P.A. at 800-346-5529.