Raqeem remained in the hospital for a total of 24 days; there, he continued to heal and receive therapy. Thankfully for Raqeem, age plays a role in the recovery of brain injuries. At a young age, his situation was hopeful.
“We see better recovery in kids with traumatic brain injuries than with adults, so we’re a lot more optimistic about them,” said David Ebler, MD, medical director of the trauma program and a trauma surgeon at UF Health Jacksonville.
When it comes to trauma patients, especially those with traumatic brain injuries, UF Health Jacksonville has an experienced, multidisciplinary team of experts who are all-hands-on-deck in a patient’s recovery. During his time at the hospital, Raqeem received physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and psychological support.
“We saw progress every single day,” said Tina. “The staff was truly amazing.”
Sharena Givens, RN, also cared for Raqeem and was thrilled to hear how well he is doing today. Givens was there for the first few days of Raqeem’s care, and she made a lasting impact on the Bacon family.
Tina and Leonard were grateful to all of the staff who went the extra mile to treat them like family.
“It was more than just a job; they actually cared,” said Leonard. “They went above and beyond their call of duty.”