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Donna Gilbert didn’t recognize her own daughter lying in a hospital bed in a coma at Hershey Medical Center. Twenty five-year-old Sergeant Jacqueline Gilbert of the PA Army National Guard had been in a severe car accident and suffered multiple head fractures, 12 broken ribs, a collar bone fracture, bleeding, and swelling. When she woke up, the surgeons told Jacqueline that she had sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and might never be able to live life the way she had previously known. The TBI was so extensive that she could no longer walk, talk, or eat.
Gilbert was determined to overcome her visible and invisible wounds and resume her life. She set her sights on one goal: to regain her physical and cognitive capabilities so she could return to the PA Army National Guard. Eight months after the accident, Gilbert returned to the Guard. She was promoted to Sergeant two months later. Her doctor stressed that having a clear goal for her future, along with the quality medical care and support from her family and fellow Guard members, was the key to her recovery.
If you or a loved one have, or think you might have, sustained a TBI, these resources can help you find the care and support you need to recover:
(Post via Army National Guard Health