Traumatic Brain Injury (02:15)
After a snowboarding accident, Charlie Elmore had to learn to walk and speak again. The family recounts how Charlie became interested in snowboarding. (Credits)
The Traumatic Event (02:36)
Elmore moved to Verbier, Switzerland. When Elmore snowboarded "the gap", she fell back upon landing and hit her head. Her brain was bruised and bleeding. She was rushed to Innsbruck Hospital.
Family Recalls News of Accident (02:15)
Dr. Ronnie Behr assessed Elmore upon arrival at the hospital four years ago— he shows her the MRI. Dr. Mike Dilley explains Elmore was put into a medically induced coma to slow brain function.
Elmore Visits the Treatment Center (02:54)
At the Innsbruck hospital, the statistics of recovery from a TBI are: 20% will die, 20% will recover well and 60% will survive, but have a substantial impairment. Behr shows Elmore her old hospital bed.
Social Media Messages (02:33)
Elmore sits with her mom reading messages from friends and family. After ten days in a coma, she was reawakened. The family remembers her confusion.
Assessing Permanent Effects (02:07)
Elmore was flown to England to begin rehabilitation and recovery. Dr. Sekaran compares Elmore's scans after the accident and recent ones. Brains are able to create new connections and function again through rehabilitation.
Rehabilitation After Brain Trauma (02:00)
Elmore showed daily improvement. Her mother bought a bottle of vodka to celebrate on March 15th, 2011— Elmore took her first steps unaided since the accident. After six weeks, she was transferred to Northwick Park Hospital.
Elmore Meets Wick (04:16)
Hannah Wick was fashion buyer who fell while shopping 9 months ago. She suffers from aphasia and spasticity on the left side of her body.
After Three Months in the Hospital (02:21)
After recovering from her traumatic brain injury, Elmore ran for breast cancer, and got certified to drive and work. Within a year she declined further testing and was instructing snowboarding again in Verbier.
Lost Snowboarding Skills (02:03)
Although she got her job back as an instructor, Elmore was relegated to teaching beginners. She had a hard time coping and returned to England with her parents. Patients do not expect cognitive and developmental delays after improving physically from brain injuries.
Making Plans for the Future (02:21)
Wick's spasticity is improving. She visits an apartment she will live in after leaving the hospital.
Understanding Social Behavior (02:18)
Adjusting back into society after a traumatic brain injury takes time and patience after leaving the hospital. Continued ongoing support is vital. As time progressed, many friends gave up on Elmore.
Tai's Skiing Accident (02:11)
Tai's brain injury was so severe doctors thought she may not awaken from the coma. Cognitive issues linger— going out at night is difficult for both her and Elmore. Tai confesses that she became suicidal after her accident.
Finding a Job (02:18)
Tai finds most people are prejudiced towards her because of her brain injury. Elmore works as a snowboarding instructor and wants to teach people with disabilities.
Adaptive Snowboarding Course (04:02)
Elmore takes the course for the third time to attain her certificate. She needs to master "bucketing". After taking the written and practical tests, Elmore discovers she has improved, but not enough to pass.
Elmore believes she has recovered fully; she does not want sympathy. Dilly describes how most patients do not believe that there are lasting effects to a TBI. Elmore agrees to be re-examined.
Wick Can Walk (04:53)
After a year, Wick is almost ready to leave the hospital. Elmore receives her test results from the Lishman Unit— problem solving and emotions are difficult for her to interpret. Doctors explain how these results impact her daily life.
Facing Effects of Brain Injury (03:33)
Elmore refers to reliving problematic events as a "washing machine of shit." Dr. Dilly offers to teach her coping skills to improve social and cognitive issues; she returns to Verbier and helps with adaptive snowboarding lessons. Wick moves into an apartment.
Credits: Me and My Brain (00:41)
Credits: Me and My Brain
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