Post-Acute Inpatient RehabilitationAdmit: July 8, 2010Discharge: October 8, 2011
Just hours before his high school baccalaureate, Keegan Henry fell 60 feet in an empty corn silo, bouncing off steel rebars and landing on the cement floor. Instead of graduating with his 52 classmates at Nashua-Plainfield High School, he was fighting for his life at a Waterloo hospital. He continued to fight in the hospital for seven weeks with a traumatic brain injury, a hairline pelvic fracture and lungs filled with dust and grain.
"When the air ambulance came to pick him up, the crew didn't think he'd make the ride," said Kathy Henry, Keegan's mom. "But I didn't believe them. Keegan's a fighter, and I knew in my heart we'd pull through this. We don't give up in our family."
His never-give-up attitude followed him to On With Life, where he spent eight months in the Disorders of Consciousness (DOC) program, one of the longest amounts of time a person served has spent in our DOC/coma program who emerged and moved into our traditional rehab program. Kathy says Keegan's rehabilitation was truly a team effort between Keegan, his family and the On With Life staff.
"The staff are truly amazing and extraordinary people. They were so invested in us. I saw things in Keegan that they didn't, and they saw improvements that I couldn't - we made a pretty good team," said Kathy. "Everybody was rooting for us."
Seven years after Keegan discharged home, he still has the same fighting attitude. He does the stretches and exercises that he learned at On With Life every day. He uses a cane for walking and has some memory lapses, but overall, Keegan says he's happy and content.
"I'm enjoying my life and every day I have," says Keegan, who likes to spend his days watching movies, bowling, listening to music, dancing, spending time with his family and driving his golf cart around his neighborhood.
His parents marvel at his recovery after the doctors said Keegan would be a "vegetable" if he survived at all. While they call him their living miracle, they're not surprised by his amazing recovery. "I believe it was his motivation and outlook - people believing in him and encouraging him that pulled him through," said Kathy. "He brought us closer together as a family. We now realize how short life is, so we're packing all we can into it."
Keegan was admitted into On With Life's Disorders of Consciousness program, a unique program that addresses the medical, physical, environmental and cognitive needs of individuals with severe brain injury. For more information, visit onwithlife.org/DOC.