Welcome to David's story. David is a father, a husband, a runner, and an electrician. He's also a regular dude, someone with whom you'd want to share a coffee or beer. David is now a statistic. He has survived a traumatic brain injury. He's not supposed to alive, at best he's supposed to be in a vegetative state. But he didn't get the memo about the odds of survival. With a lot of love from his wife Mandi, his son Liam, his family and friends (3 waiting rooms full) he survived. He will be there for all Liam's milestones events. He will hold Mandi's hand through life. David is alive, and as you know, it's a good day to be alive.
On July 15th 2013 my husband of 1.5 years and the father of Liam our son (12 months at the time) was involved in a work place accident. He was performing his everyday tasks as an electrician. While changing ballasts on an outdoor sign, he was electrically shocked with enough electrical power to black him out. This caused him to dead fall off an 8 foot ladder hitting the concrete ground. Witnesses found him and he was rushed to Health’s Science Centre, unresponsive in critical emergency care. We received the grim news that he has suffered a severe traumatic brain injury, which left him on life support in a coma. On the day of his accident he required brain surgery to remove the damaged tissue and required a craniotomy to relieve the swelling pressure on his brain. He remained in intensive care in a coma. I still remember the phone call like it was yesterday saying that I better hurry to the hospital because David was involved in a work accident and was unconscious. This phone call left a million thoughts racing through my head. My heart was beating so fast and I began to panic. I called my family arranging someone to come and watch Liam and I rushed to the hospital. Everything from this moment felt so surreal, making the world around me just stop.