Our patients are the foundation of Texas NeuroRehab Center (TNC)! Many of our patients are willing to share their stories and their journey that included TNC. We want to honor their success and willingness to share so we created a Wall of Honor in our facility and a virtual Wall of Honor right here.
Enjoy reading about these inspiring, amazing individuals!
Hector traveled through the entire brain injury continuum at Texas NeuroRehab Center (TNC) after a stroke in May of 2022. He started at Bluebonnet Medical Rehab. Hospital, transferred to the Tejas Post-Acute Brain Injury Program (PABI), and is currently participating in the TNC Outpatient Program. Hector began the PABI program in a wheelchair with significantly impaired balance, strength, proprioception and vision deficits. After four months of intensive therapy, he graduated to ambulating with a walker and walked out of the building on the day of discharge! He no longer needs any assistive device and recently stayed home independently when his son went on a trip. He is looking forward to attending his son’s wedding in April of 2023! Congrats Hector on your amazing recovery!
Alfred was involved in a motorcycle accident on 08/2021. He was treated for multiple traumatic injuries, including a pelvic fracture that required placement of external fixator, a left distal humerus fracture, a proximal ulna fracture that required open reduction internal fixation, multiple rib fractures, splenic lacerations and left subclavian artery dissection. The patient underwent multiple orthopedic surgeries, including a sigmoid diverting colostomy. Alfred made excellent progress with therapies at TNC. At the time of discharge, he was able to sit in a neutral position and was able to transfer with standby assist and ambulate greater than 100 feet using a rolling walker. He also had significant improvement in his ability to perform activities of daily living and he was requiring a min assist for some lower body dressing type activities. Congrats on your amazing recovery Alfred!
Meet Patrick. Patrick suffered a cardiac arrest and required intubation. He was placed on ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) and eventually weaned off the ventilator after three weeks. He was diagnosed with bilateral PE and an anoxic brain injury. He completed both inpatient and outpatient rehab. at TNC. Patrick progressed from severe ataxia of speech making it nearly impossible to be understood to now being able to verbally communicate complex thoughts. He also progressed from impaired balance and ambulation to being able to drive and walk independently. Patrick will be starting his new job in the financial technology industry in the next couple of weeks. Congrats Patrick on your amazing recovery!!
Meet Michael. Michael was admitted to TNC after a diverting colostomy, debridement, and for eventual closure of a large stage IV sacral pressure wound. His hospital course was complicated with subsequent bacterial pneumonia, subsequent dysphagia with PEG tube, exploratory laparotomy and gastric perforation repair. When Michael got to TNC, he initially required high flow oxygen and a tracheostomy. He was taken to surgery on several occasions for debridement and eventually closure of a large sacral wound. After his stay at TNC, his sacral wound had good healing without any significant complications. After completing four weeks in a FluidAir bed he underwent progressive post-flap sitting protocol, and after progressing through that, had acute rehabilitation, working on functional tasks. At the time of discharge, the patient was standby assist for transfers, able to ambulate with a rolling walker and was able to perform basic activities of daily living at a modified independent level. Michael was discharged home with home health. Congrats on your amazing recovery Michael!
Meet Franco. Franco suffered a severe traumatic brain injury related to motor vehicle accident in February 2022. The injury resulted in polytrauma, respiratory failure with tracheostomy, right hemiparesis, severe spasticity with autonomic storming and global aphasia. During his stay at TNC, he underwent baclofen pump implantation and his autonomic storming resolved. He was decannulated and PEG tube was removed. At the time of discharge home with his mother, Franco was independent with bed mobility and was supervision from lying to sitting and sit to stand was mod. assist. He was able to walk 50 feet x 2 with moderate assist. With ADLs, he was contact guard assist for toileting and supervision for dressing. 75% of the time he was oriented to person, place, and time and he was eating a regular diet. Franco, congratulations on your amazing recovery!!!
Meet Ernest. Ernest suffered multi-trauma, that included an acute pneumothorax, pelvic fracture, hemi-thorax, liver and splenic lacerations, multiple rib fractures and a pelvic fracture after a pedestrian motor vehicle accident. In addition, he developed respiratory failure, acute kidney injury and polyneuropathy. He had additional abdominal surgeries and later had placement of multiple drains due to multiple intra-abdominal abscesses. While at Bluebonnet Medical Rehab. Hospital, he showed progressive renal recovery and dialysis was discontinued and all drains were removed. He was de-cannulated and was also treated for neuropathic pain. At the time of discharge, he was on room air, tolerating significant periods out of bed, showing improvement on ability to transfer, wheelchair mobility and was weight bearing as tolerated. Congrats on you amazing recovery Ernest!
Meet Kevin. Kevin traveled through the entire brain injury continuum at TNC. He suffered a traumatic brain injury and a ischemic stroke. Upon admission to Bluebonnet Medical Rehab. Hospital (BBMRH), he had spastic left hemiplegia with left hemi-neglect, as well as cognitive impairment and gait disturbance. At discharge from BBMRH to the Tejas Post-Acute Brain Injury Program he made significant functional gains. As far as self-care, he was independent with grooming and activities of daily living (ADLs). He is able to don and doff his AFO without difficulty. In physical therapy, he was walking 150 feet with contact guard assist. In speech therapy, his memory was improving. At the time of discharge home from Tejas, he was walking over a 1000 feet. He was also independent with all ADLs such as: dressing, grooming and showering. Congrats Kevin on your amazing recovery!
Meet Josue. Josue completed the full traumatic brain injury (TBI) continuum of care at TNC. He suffered a severe TBI and multi-trauma after a motorcycle accident, and was admitted to Bluebonnet Medical Rehab. At the time of discharge to the Tejas Post-Acute Brain Injury Program, he was able to dress himself, perform routine activities of daily living with setup and was using a rolling walker for ambulation. When Josue completed the Tejas Program, he was discharged home with family and was using a single point cane for ambulating. When Josue recently visited TNC he was ambulating independently! Congrats on your amazing recovery Josue!
Meet Alex. Alex suffered a traumatic brain injury after falling off a friend’s shoulder. Alex developed a large hematoma and required an emergent craniotomy. He also suffered several strokes, including a brainstem stroke. He required a tracheostomy for respiratory failure and PEG tube placement for dysphagia. After admitting to TNC, Luis made significant functional gains in PT, OT and speech therapy. At the time of discharge home, he was walking approximately 20-feet with a rolling walker with standby assist. He was able to toilet himself with standby assist and dressing was setup. In speech therapy, his voice projection and dysarthria both improved significantly, and swallowing capability also improved. Congrats Alex on your amazing recovery!
Meet Jacob. Jacob travelled through the full TBI Continuum at TNC. Jacob suffered a TBI after an ATV rollover accident. Jacob had a craniectomy followed by a cranioplasty, as well as a VP shunt placement. He also experienced dysphagia, right hemiparesis and multiple facial fractures. The patient made significant functional gains during his stay at Bluebonnet Medical Rehab. Upon discharge to the Tejas Post-Acute Brain Injury Program, he was eating independently, walking approximately 25-feet with rolling walker and standby assist and his right hemiparesis also improved. He was tolerating a regular diet with thin liquids. He was requiring setup for upper extremity dressing and minimal assistance for lower extremity dressing. At the time of discharge home from Tejas, he was modified independent with all activities of daily living including dressing, toileting, and showering, and was walking over 500 feet with a rolling walker with supervisions. Congrats Jacob on your amazing recovery!
Meet Jason. Jason was involved in a motorcycle accident and required multiple surgeries. He had extensive abdominal injuries, an exploratory laparotomy, splenectomy and eventually required extensive treatment for a large open abdominal wound and had a split-thickness skin graft placed. He had significant orthopedic injuries including a right open tibia fibula fracture and left radius ulna fracture. He also had a fracture dislocation of L1-L2 and a T12-L1 fusion and was found to have complete low thoracic level spinal cord injury, neurogenic bowel and bladder with loss of sensation below the umbilicus. He also developed multiple pressure wounds including a large stage IV sacral wound, a right ischial stage IV pressure wound and un-stageable bilateral heel pressure wounds. While at Bluebonnet Medical Rehab., Jason received a comprehensive spinal cord rehabilitation. Upon discharge home, Jason was essentially modified independent from a wheelchair level and able to self-manage his bowel and bladder and basic activities of daily living. Congrats Jason on your amazing recovery!
Meet Brandon. Brandon suffered a severe traumatic brain injury secondary to motorcycle accident. He experienced left hemiparesis, multi-trauma: right femur fracture, status post open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF), facial fractures, abdominal blunt trauma and acute renal failure requiring dialysis. He required a tracheostomy as well as jejunostomy. After admission to Bluebonnet Medical Rehab., his kidney function improved considerably, and dialysis was discontinued. In addition, his weight bearing restriction on his right lower extremity was lifted. He was also de-cannulated, passed his modified barium swallow, and was allowed to start eating. At the time of discharge home, he was on a regular diet with thin liquids was walking 400 feet with a rolling walker and standby assist. He was able to perform all activities of daily living with modified independence, toilet himself without assistance and his overall cognition improved. Congrats on your amazing recovery Brandon!
Meet Tobin. Tobin was healthy prior to getting COVID-19. He was hospitalized and developed pneumonia and respiratory failure. He was intubated and underwent prone ventilation in the acute setting. At transfer to TNC, he was profoundly debilitated due to a critical illness polyneuropathy. He was successfully decannulated and supplemental oxygen requirements improved. He underwent aggressive physical and occupational therapy as well as cognitive rehab. At the time of discharge, he was ambulating without difficulty. He significantly improved from a dysphagia standpoint and was on a regular diet with thin liquids. Tobin was discharged home and recently came back to visit and thank staff! Tobin, congrats on your miraculous recovery!
Meet Meghan. Meghan admitted to the Tejas Post-Acute Brain Injury Program after a stroke. During her stay Meghan made excellent progress in all areas of self-care and mobility. At discharge home with her family, she was minimal assist with basic self-care tasks and contact guard assist with transfers. She also made progress with balance, strength and functional mobility. At discharge she was able to stand from her wheelchair and ambulate up to 192 feet. Meghan, congrats on your amazing recovery!
Meet Benny. Benny completed the full traumatic brain injury (TBI) continuum of care at TNC. He suffered a TBI after a motorcycle accident, and was admitted to Bluebonnet Medical Rehab. Early on, he was poorly responsive, and did not follow commands consistently. Toward the end of his stay, he started speaking more, and intermittently would follow simple 1-step commands. His left-sided neglect improved as well. At the time of discharge to the Tejas Post-Acute Brain Injury Program, he was following several commands and he was able to stand in the standing frame for 15 minutes. Benny completed the Tejas Program and discharged home with family. Congrats Benny on your amazing recovery!
Meet Matthew. Matthew completed the stroke continuum of care at TNC. He was admitted to Bluebonnet Medical Rehab. and later transferred to the Tejas Post-Acute Brain Injury Program. He suffered right hemiparesis and worked consistently with PT and OT and showed steady progress. He was felt to be safe to ambulate independently with a single point cane and was ambulating both inside and outside the facility. At discharge home from Tejas, he was able to ascend and descend 6 steps with single point cane at supervision level and he was felt to be modified independent level for eating, grooming, lower body dressing, toileting and bathing. He was independent for upper body dressing. He was moderate assist level for simple meal preparation and light housekeeping. Congrats Matthew on your amazing recovery!
Meet Yvonne. Yvonne traveled through our stroke continuum of care. She originally admitted our Medical Rehab. after suffering multiple strokes and respiratory failure in March 2021.
She also suffered aphasia, dysphagia and spastic quadraparesis. Yvonne was decannulated, and was able to ambulate 50 feet with minimal to moderate assistance in the platform rolling walker She required minimum assistance for upper body dressing and was transferred to the Tejas Post-Acute Brain Injury Program. She continued to make progress physically and cognitively. At discharge from Tejas, she was able to use her manual wheelchair independently. Her vocalization and speech had both improved. She was also upgraded to a regular diet and discharged home in August 2021. Congrats on your amazing recovery Yvonne!
Meet Andy. Andy sustained a traumatic brain injury in November 2020 and was quadriplegic as a result of the injury. Andy was admitted to TNC and moved through our continuum of care from LTAC to Medical Rehab. to Post-Acute Brain Injury Program. Upon discharge home with his wife Andy was walking and standing independently. He showed improved strength and mobility and was on a regular diet. Congrats on your AMAZING recovery Andy!!
Meet Larry. Larry sustained an incomplete spinal cord injury. He was at TNC for five months, and did amazing! On the day of discharge he left walking! Congrats Larry on your fantastic recovery!
Meet Liandro. Liandro was admitted to TNC with ventilator dependent respiratory failure and acute kidney injury requiring dialysis. He was subsequently weaned off of the ventilator and decannulated. He was also able to wean off dialysis prior to discharge. His strength improved and he was able to ambulate at discharge. Congrats on your amazing recovery Liandro!
Meet Xavier. Xavier completed the brain and spinal cord injury continuum of care program at Texas NeuroRehab Center. Xavier sustained both a TBI and SCI and was admitted to Bluebonnet Medical Rehab. Hospital. He later transferred to the Tejas Post-Acute Brain Injury Program before discharging home. Upon discharge, Xavier was on a regular diet, within functional limits for memory, social interaction and problem solving, and able to ambulate independently with a rolling walker. Way to go Xavier! Congrats on your amazing recovery!
Meet Justin. Justin completed the brain and spinal cord injury continuum of care program at Texas NeuroRehab Center. Justin sustained a TBI and SCI and was admitted to Bluebonnet Medical Rehab. Hospital. He later transferred to the Tejas Post-Acute Brain Injury Program before discharging home. Upon discharge, Justin’s diet was upgraded and he was independent with all self-care tasks without any equipment. His dynamic standing balance and cognitive and executive functioning improved exponentially. Congrats Justin on your amazing recovery!
Meet Kasi. Kasi completed the brain injury continuum of care program at Texas NeuroRehab Center. She started at Bluebonnet Medical Rehab. Hospital and transferred to the Tejas Post-Acute Brain Injury Program before discharging home. Kasi was originally hospitalized in November 2020 and discharged from Tejas in March 2021. Her main goal: “To be able to walk out of here.” At discharge, she did just that! Congrats on reaching your goals Kasi!
Meet Chrystal. Chrystal suffered a traumatic brain injury and was admitted to TNC. Upon discharge, she could talk, eat, feed herself and has made progress in mobility. Congrats Chrystal on your amazing recovery!
Meet Tony. Tony suffered a spinal injury bowling and when he admitted to TNC he was only able to minimally ambulate with a rolling walker. At discharge Tony could stand on his own! Congrats on your amazing outcome Tony!
Meet Andrew. Andrew suffered injuries in a car accident preventing him from being able to walk. Upon discharge from TNC Andrew was able walk again. Congrats Andrews on your amazing success!
Meet Jilissa. Jilissa sustained a spinal cord injury while boogie boarding. Prior to the accident, Jilissa was independent with all activities and was an Associate Professor and Director of Dance at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Upon admission to TNC, Jilissa was quadriplegic. Now Jilissa can walk independently and has complete function of all limbs. She can also talk, eat independently and sign her name. Jilissa’s amazing recovery should inspire all spinal cord injury patients!! She certainly inspired us! Congrats Jilissa!
Meet Haley. When Haley first arrived at TNC she could not walk, talk or eat. She has pushed herself to succeed in all of her therapies. Haley currently attends Bluebonnet Medical Rehab. Clinic for her outpatient speech therapy where she walks in for every appointment. Haley, you inspire others to “Never give up!”
Meet Curtis. Curtis initially presented to the ER with edema and debility. He was morbidly obese (780 pounds) and had severe hypoxia requiring intubation and mechanical ventilation. He was treated for potential pneumonia and pulmonary edema. Upon admission to TNC, he was bedbound. At discharge, he was able to transfer and walk with a bariatric walker and had lost almost 100 pounds. Congrats to Curtis and his continued progress to recovery!
Meet Cheyanne. Cheyanne was involved in a motor vehicle accident on July 26, 2016. She sustained a severe traumatic brain injury and required several surgeries, even after admission to TNC. Upon discharge from TNC, she participated in an inpatient post-acute brain injury (PABI) Program. She currently lives at home with her parents. Congrats to Cheyanne!
Mark was involved in a motor vehicle accident in December of 2017 and sustained a severe TBI. He was in a coma for 2 weeks and was admitted to TNC in February of 2018, followed by admission to our Tejas Post-Acute Brain Injury Program. At discharge, Mark was able to complete all basic ADLs without assistance, ambulate with a single point cane and use both hands. Congrats to Mark and his successful completion of treatment!
Meet Martel! Martel visited TNC yesterday on the one year anniversary of his motorcycle accident that led him to become a TNC patient. He wanted to visit and thank all of the clinicians and therapists that helped him in his AMAZING recovery! Everyone was thrilled to see his progress and spend time with him and his wife. Martel you truly inspire us!!! Thank you!!
Meet Kaitlin. She admitted to TNC 3 months ago requiring total care; she had a tracheostomy, a PEG tube, and was not verbalizing or following commands. The first Coma Recovery Score was 2 out of 23. Kaitlin surpassed her therapy goals while at TNC. She started at a Rancho Level 2 and is now at at Rancho Level 7. She is ambulating over 150′ without an assistive device, can climb a flight of stairs, dresses and grooms with supervision, and is able to eat a regular diet. Kaitlin is enjoying talking again with her friends and family, and of course, her fiancé. We are super proud of the accomplishments she’s made at TNC and honored to participate in her recovery!!
Meet Lacey, when she arrived at TNC she could not talk, move or feed herself. Now, Lacey can walk with a walker, is breathing on her own and can feed herself. Lacey wants to share her story to motivate other patients. Lacey, you truly inspire us!
Meet Josh. Josh is a professional cyclist from Scotland who was injured during a cross country race in Central Texas. We were honored to help Josh get strong enough to return home. Josh, it was a pleasure having you at TNC!
Meet Stephanie, when she was admitted to TNC she was unable to talk. Today, she visited us and personally thanked all of her therapists, nurses and physicians. We are so proud of her amazing recovery and that she returned to TNC to visit!
We would like you to meet David who is an example of what TNC does to provide the best patient experience. David was admitted to TNC with polytrauma and multiple fractures. He was unable to walk or put weight on either of his legs. He is now walking independently, has returned to work and ran a 5K! We are so proud to share David’s great experience here at TNC.
Meet Kameren! Kameren was involved in a motor vehicle accident in 2014, where she sustained a severe traumatic brain injury and required several surgeries. She was in a coma for 47 days and had to re-learn how to walk and talk. Upon discharge from Texas NeuroRehab Center, she participated in inpatient and day post-acute brain injury programs. Today, Kameren works as a realtor and was featured in a TNC TV commercial. Congrats on your amazing success and everything you have done for TNC!!
Meet Nolan! Nolan fell on Halloween 2014 and sustained a severe traumatic brain injury. Upon discharge from Texas NeuroRehab Center, he participated in an inpatient post-acute brain injury program. He made great progress and now lives independently. Nolan, congratulations on your recovery!
Meet James. James was admitted to TNC a year ago with complex lower extremity wounds and at the time of admission he unable to ambulate & had significant shortness of breath with any activity. After Inpatient and Outpatient services, he is now able to able to ambulate without an assistive device, walk up and down multiple flights of stairs and live independently. We are so proud of how far he has come!
Meet Sharon. Sharon a a former TNC patient, pictured here with Stephanie Carpenter, SW, was so pleased with her experience here at TNC that she was all smiles every day!
Meet Joel. On January 29, 2009 Joel’s heart stopped during surgery. After a two month coma he could not walk or talk. Inspired by his experience Joel now sells medical equipment. Joel was also featured in a TNC TV commercial. Joel, thanks for your dedication to TNC!
Meet Sam. On June 25, 2017 Sam was in a motorcycle accident. He was given a 10% chance to walk or talk again. Today he can walk, talk and works for TNC! Sam was also featured in a TNC TV commercial. Sam you are the greatest! Thanks for everything you do for TNC!
Meet Austin. Austin sustained a right thalamic midbrain hemorrhage on February 10, 2011 at 15 years of age. He required a ventriculostomy and shunt placement. Upon completion of inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, Austin returned to high school and graduated from college. He currently teaches Special Education (Mathematics) in San Antonio, Texas. Austin, we are so proud of you!
Meet Jenna. Jenna suffered a traumatic brain injury. Upon admission to TNC she was unable to talk, eat, sit up and extreme left-sided weakness. Today Jenna talks, eats a regular diet and is learning to take steps. Congrats on your amazing recovery!