Thumbs Up for Chris

UF Health TraumaOne and an outpouring of community support heal a local teen with a traumatic brain injury.

By: Tripp Miller
Honoree with Family Pictured, from left, are Nolan, Sarah, Chris, Pam and Geoff Hemmen.
Gazanfar Rahmathulla, MD Gazanfar Rahmathulla, MD
Kerwin speaks Andrew Kerwin, MD, division chief of acute care surgery at UF Health Jacksonville, speaks during this year’s “A Night for Heroes” gala, which recognized trauma patient Chris Hemmen and honored his caregivers.
Honoree plays guitar Chris Hemmen plucks a guitar string while recovering at UF Health Jacksonville.
“Nobody gets up in the morning and says they’re going to fall off the roof or get in a severe crash. But it happens to people in everyday life. And when it happens, it’s scary.”
Andrew Kerwin, MD
Division Chief of Acute Care Surgery, UF Health Jacksonville
Brian Yorkgitis, DO Brian Yorkgitis, DO
Honoree with Heroes Chris Hemmen takes an enthusiastic selfie with many of his UF Health providers in the background.