Defining Success for Children with Brain Injury

[Amy Mansue] The only thing I've learned about children especially, but especially children with traumatic brain injury, is never doubt them. Never doubt what their abilities can be. Never doubt what the tragedy was that they suffered. Never doubt that they can overcome that. And with the right supports, they will be successful. Successful may not be summa cum laude at Harvard, but they will be successful, and it's part of our job as the medical profession to help them find what that success is. I'm thinking of one particular young boy who suffered a stroke when he was 13, and now he serves as a teacher's aide— went to community college, and he's now a paraprofessional working with special ed kids. I think that Jimmy's kind soul helps him engage children in ways that others wouldn't, and he has really defined success in so many ways that when I remember him coming in— he was a very tall young man. When he came in on that stretcher that first day, eyes closed, it's hard to see him today, and if you'd asked me at that point what was his future, I wouldn't have said he would have been able to be a teacher. But he's done that.

"Never doubt a child with brain injury," says Hospital Executive Amy Mansue. "These kids will overcome their injury and be successful. It's our job as medical professionals to help them find that success."

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Posted on BrainLine August 8, 2013.

Produced by Sharon Ladin, Justin Rhodes, and Erica Queen, BrainLine.