Patient Testimonial

Sam Popplewell

Sam Popplewell

Sam finds hope after a traumatic brain injury at HealthSouth Cincinnati

Sam Popplewell’s senior year of high school should have been filled with football games, studying for tests, hanging out with friends and preparing for college; however, those activities changed instantly when an accident on Nov. 15, 2014 resulted in a traumatic brain injury.

Initially, Sam was taken to Bethesda North Hospital in Cincinnati, but was soon transferred to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center (UCMC) where he was placed in a drug-induced coma for a severe and life-threatening traumatic brain injury. Soon after, he underwent a craniotomy procedure to remove part of his skull.

Many attempts were made to transfer Sam to a Cincinnati area rehabilitation center, but he was brought back to UCMC due to severe brain infection and surgical wound infection. He also endured surgery to insert a shunt to drain excess fluids and another surgery to patch the skull where bone was removed.

On April 16, 2016, Sam was admitted to HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Cincinnati where he spent the next 90 days as an inpatient enduring 15 hours each week of intense, comprehensive physical rehabilitation services. During his stay at HealthSouth Cincinnati, he made biweekly visits to UCMC for routine post-surgery care.

Sam worked with speech-language pathologists who helped him begin talking again. He also worked with physical and occupational therapists to regain balance, function and strength so that he could return to walking, working out, school and the normal life of a 20 year old.

On July 24, 2016, he returned home where he continued his therapies in the home setting and returned to his studies with a home school teacher. He’s now back to walking, talking, working out, writing and laughing and is on track to graduate in May 2017. He also has plans to attend college in the fall.

“[HealthSouth Cincinnati is] the perfect place for adult retraining after injury. We were included and allowed to help which made us feel involved and love our son every day.”

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