Connor Martin: My Brother Kevin Had CTE

Connor Martin believes that donating his brother Kevin Ash's brain made a difference in how his family coped with Kevin's altered behavior and death after receiving traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).

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He moved back to the VA late December of 2016. And that’s kind of where we put him into palliative care and where the last few weeks were spent and then right after he passed, that’s when the, his brain was sent over to the Legacy Foundation for study. They found that he had CTE, I forget the exact degree but I know it was an advanced case, a severe case. I guess the, we found out just over a year ago now and yeah that was…I don’t know if it was closure but it was something tangible at least, a tangible diagnosis that we hadn’t had in the previous three and a half years. I think hearing that it was the chronic traumatic encephalopathy was just having validation for the symptoms and the struggles that Kevin was experiencing. Knowing that it wasn’t just a unique case, like his case is unique and it is different than a lot of others but there are definitely others that are experiencing it on a wide variety of different levels. But just knowing that there was a reason, you know it wasn’t all just phenomenon it was, it happened because of this, it happened because of these events prior in his life and I think that was the biggest thing for us personally is knowing why it happened. And then we shifted from how can we help other people who are going through this same thing. This video was produced by BrainLine thanks to generous support from the Infinite Hero Foundation.

Posted on BrainLine June 15, 2021.

This video was produced by BrainLine thanks to generous support from the Infinite Hero Foundation.