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Man Recovers from Brain Injury and Dances with His Bride

Editor’s Note: Chad Brooks is a graduate of Mary Free Bed’s Brain Injury Program. His wife, Sarah, agreed to write a guest blog about his recovery. Precisely four months before our wedding, the only thing on my mind and on Chad’s mind were invitations and party plans. But on April 24, 2013, everything changed. Chad was involved in…
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Faith and Hope Helps Man Recover from Traumatic Brain Injury

  Dave Meinema suffered a traumatic brain injury from a severe car accident in February 2013. His faith and hope has led him to a remarkable recovery. “It is a miracle that I’m here today,” says Dave. Read more about Dave and Marissa’s journey on their CaringBridge page.

Sports Concussion Patient Feels Like Part of the Mary Free Bed Family

  Marie McKinnon, a senior at Hopkins High School, was participating in her first varsity basketball scrimmage back in November 2012, when she collided with a fellow teammate. Marie cracked her skull above her right eye, and her teammate broke her orbital bone. Both suffered concussions from the collision. Marie says that her three months…
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A Community Band Member gets a Second Chance through Recreational Therapy

Research shows that recreational therapy restores a sense of purpose and enjoyment to a patient. David Robrahn is no exception. On September 11, 2012, David clipped the back of a moving car with his motorcycle. After arriving at the hospital, doctors realized he sustained several serious injuries including, a broken right hand, a broken knee,…
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Brain Injury Patient Plans to Return to Mary Free Bed as Volunteer

  Diane Kimoto, a Grand Valley State University professor, suffered a brain aneurysm while teaching class on September 17, 2012. While she doesn’t remember much of the events that brought her to the Brain Injury Program at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, she remembers the moment when she became herself again. Diane was so overwhelmed…
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Mary Free Bed Patient of 57 Years Shares Story of Hope and Recovery

  For nearly six decades, long-time patient, Randy Syswerda, has come to Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital for treatment. At 4 years old, a case of encephalitis robbed Randy of his ability to walk. He spent 6 months in our inpatient program, and left the hospital able to walk with braces. Randy has returned to Mary Free…
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Patient with brain injury keeps faith and restores independence

In 2007, David Ling was stung by a bee for the first time in his life. Within minutes, he displayed one of the classic symptoms of an allergic reaction – difficulty breathing – and was soon diagnosed with an allergy to bee stings. But, he never realized just how serious his allergy was until July…
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A Walking Miracle – And Inspiration For All

At first, the morning of April 10, 2012 appeared to be much like any other for Tammy Gould. Her 10-year-old son, Benjamin, had school in less than an hour, and she had to ensure he was ready for the day. After packing his lunch and preparing breakfast, she walked upstairs to wake him up. But,…
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