Jessica Huse was 18 years old back in August, 2009 when she was driving to church in San Jose, California when she was ‘T-Boned’ by another vehicle. She suffered serious brain injuries rendering her almost completely unable to do anything by herself. Though she survived an accident that should have killed her, doctors still struggled to tell Huse’s family the bad news when they stated she would have to live forever after in a persistent vegetative state, living in the most basic form.
With the news so solidified by trusted doctors, you can imagine how surprised everyone was when Huse slowly gained consciousness again. 5 years later, at 23 years old, Huse has made unimaginable progress when she gained the ability to answer yes and no questions using large buttons. While it seems like simple motor skills to the average human, this is a very impressive recovery for someone whose family was told would have a heartbeat and nothing else.
Doctors, Family and others who are closely tied to the situation have been attributing the progress to the efforts made by the crew. Lisa Huse , Jessica’s mother, stated that “if you do nothing to help brain injury patients, you will get nothing.” With the combined valiant efforts of everyone involved coupled with Jessica’s fighting personality (which has clearly been inherited from her mother) is what has kept allowing them to see progress.
According to Dr. Philip DeFina, “Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is on the rise in the U.S.; there are literally thousands of people in this state (vegetative) who are in home care or nursing facilities, and they just don’t get better because no one is working with them. The sad part is that when the medical system is unable to treat a patient, the tendency is to give up.”
Don and Lisa Huse were told soon after the accident to say their goodbyes to their daughter. The family was divorced at the time and had not spoken actively for some time, but when the news struck home, they came to an agreement and became the primary caregiver’s for Jessica once again, in which they traded days of the week to spend time with Jessica in her rehabilitation room in San Jose.
It goes to show that with even just a little more effort than you would usually put in, even miracles can happen. Even when someone with such knowledge and an authoritative presence states something cannot happen, there might still be a chance. It’s up to the people in charge to do just that; take charge. Jessica was never expected to live through the hospital visit after the accident, and when she did, she was never expected to be anything more than alive. She’s been defying what has been thought to be the concrete outcome of her life for the past 5 years now and she will continue to do that as long as she has support.
Everyone deserves a chance in life, and no one should suffer because other’s refuse to put in that extra effort to keep the ball rolling. If you or a loved one is living with a brain injury and not getting proper attention, you may be entitled to compensation. The experienced brain injury attorneys at Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA are here to fight for your case and get you the treatment you deserve. Call Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA today at 727-451-6900 or notify us via our Online Contact Form for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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