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The introduction of COVID-19 to the human population around December 2019 has resulted in a pandemic that continues to affect the entire world. While the research to date has focused on potential neurological impairment to COVID-19 patients, little attention has been placed on the effects of the fallout caused by COVID-19 on individuals who are living with brain injury. Specifically, the pandemic has resulted in job loss, social isolation, interruptions to routine, and a need to adjust previously successful compensatory strategies, all highlighting some of these unique challenges. The general population has experienced the same issues. However, individuals with brain injury were already experiencing these prior to the pandemic.
Connor Martin and his family donated his brother Kevin Ash's and evidence of CTE was discovered, a condition that can only be diagnosed after death. Kevin's family encourages others to donate as well so we can learn more about brain injuries and CTE.
Would Connor Martin's brother, veteran and athlete Kevin Ash, have lived his life differently if he'd know more about traumatic brain injury? Connor doesn't think so. But Connor knows the dangers now and he tries to make things safer when he's active.
Veteran Kevin Ash suffered blast injuries during his deployment, but it was a rugby tackle that put him in a coma. His brother Connor Martin said that when Kevin work up he had lost both hearing and sight but the family accepted these changes as the "new normal."
Connor Martin's brother, veteran Kevin Ash, fell into a coma after receiving a traumatic brain injury. After he woke up, though, his family discovered he had lost his sight and hearing which cost him a lot of independence. But his family fought to keep him active and engaged with life.
Kevin Ash, a veteran, felt strongly about helping others. His brother Connor Martin knows Kevin would be proud to continuing helping others even after his death by raising awareness of TBI, CTE, and brain donation.
Connor Martin's brother, veteran and athlete Kevin Ash, received a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that put him in a coma. Once he came out of it, though, he didn't seem able to communicate with Connor. It took some investigating to find out why.
While Connor Martin's brother, veteran and athlete Kevin Ash, was in a coma Connor was 18 and an hour and a half away from his mom. She was working and advocating for Kevin, though, so Connor gave her his support and they grew closer.
Connor Martin's bother, veteran and athlete Kevin Ash, fell into a coma after a series of brain injuries. His mother stepped in and became his advocate. It wasn't an easy role but it wasn't one she would ever give up.
Connor Martin's brother Kevin Ash sustained blast injuries during his deployments. When he returned to the States he found comradery by joining a rugby team. Unfortunately, a simple tackle resulted in a coma and significant large term effects.
Connor Martin talks about donating his brother Kevin Ash's brain for study. Kevin was a veteran and an athlete who began exhibiting personality changes and his family wanted to understand what had happened, even if it was after his death.
Transitioning from military to civilian life can be jarring and can sometimes lead to suicide, but veteran Morgan Luttrell says to stick it out. Take the reins, find the help you need, and commit to it.
Veteran Morgan Luttrell doesn't regret his military service, despite all the dangers he knew about going in. But the more we learn about the brain, the we can help prevent or repair those injuries to the brain.
With access to the medical records of over 500,000 veterans researchers would have invaluable data on the brain and, hopefully, help them find more efficient diagnosises and treaments for TBI patients like veteran Morgan Luttrell.
Veteran Morgan Luttrell wasn't interested in focusing his studies on brain injuries, but he quickly became a resource for those who had questions. Soon he was helping others by sharing his experiences and connections.
Veteran Morgan Luttrell traveled the country looking for help after the injuries to his brain and body. He found the most with Dr. James Kelly at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE). They provided him with a whole picture and a plan.