Author Explores the Horizons of Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery

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Thomas Henstock tells the story of a woman’s full recovery from severe traumatic brain injury. In this powerful book he fuses a medical case study, an uncommon love story, as well as a story of faith in God, hard work and prayer.

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In Horizons of TBI Recovery, author Thomas Henstock tells a true story of the worst possible human injury—brain trauma—but with full recovery. On the surface, it may be read as a "remarkable" medical recovery. Beneath the surface, is a love story of caregiving. Deeper still, it tells of faith in God, support by family and friends, a promise fulfilled, prayer and diligent hard work.

Every year in America, 50,000 people are killed by TBI. A multiple of this number retain new disabilities. Few emerge triumphant after struggling to recover who they were before brain injury. A marijuana-impaired man turned right on red and drove his Mustang into the author's 69-year-old wife in the crosswalk causing her
severe traumatic brain injury. The author shows images and explains how emergency surgery saved her from the path of certain death. Neurosurgeons at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle removed nearly half of her skull to relieve deadly pressure and draw off large blood clots.

Recovery passes through horizons, the first being death. Full recovery from severe traumatic brain injury, if possible, takes years to regain the self she was—before brain trauma. In Part I, through e-mail correspondence, he tells of Martha’s month of hospital recovery. Upon discharge, near paralysis crept over her entire left side requiring a wheelchair.

A court subpoena forced the author into the criminal justice arena. A flawed police case moved him to search their records. A blood test proved the driver's impairment, but an expert opinion disagreed. A thorough analysis of the police case and court actions follows.

In Part II, after acquiring all hospital records and images, Henstock traces her thirty-month struggle to full recovery—and his immersion in caregiving and the world of brain trauma. The author describes Martha before and after injury and their teamwork they developed. He describes three other horizons of TBI recovery.

During this long, complete recovery, Tom and Martha sensed God helping them. Tom received this poem:
            I have done what only I can do; I only do what is best.
            You must do what only you can do; I leave to you the rest.
This poem gave a promise and an assignment: for Martha—full recovery; for Tom—full-time caregiving.
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Publication Date: June 12, 2012
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