Pediatric Rehabilitation Patient Story
Rehab-Germantown staff helps injured teen become active again.
Christopher Travis can attest to the high standard of care offered at Baptist Rehabilitation-Germantown. When he was 16 and a sophomore at Millington High School, he fell from a moving vehicle in front of his house. He was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma and asubarachnoid hemorrhaging, or blood collecting on the brain.
Christopher was an inpatient at Baptist Rehab-Germantown from three weeks. When he first came to the hospital, he slept most of the time and did not speak to anyone. He was unable to perform everyday functions such as making up a bed, doing laundry or cooking. His balance was off, so he had to learn how to keep himself upright. The rehabilitation center has a simulated apartment, where Christopher practiced performing these activities to get him back into his everyday routine. He also participated in occupational, physical and speech therapy during his stay at Baptist Rehab-Germantown, where he was taught how to speak and become active again.
"The therapists were absolutely wonderful," said Janelle Scott, Christopher's mother. "They gave Chris money and took him to a restaurant to see if he knew what to do. They wanted to make sure he placed his order correctly and waited to get his change back after he paid."
The therapists and nurses were very supportive and patient with Christopher and his whole family. "Everyone there made us feel at home. The nurse at the sign-in desk was great and allowed our entire family to visit Chris so he could get used to being around them," said Janelle. "They set up a picnic in the cafeteria when it was closed so we could all eat together and hang out with Chris."
Because of the support and care provided by the therapy staff at Baptist Rehab-Germantown, one year after his injury Christopher could participate in everyday activities and finish his senior year in high school. According to his mother, Christopher is back to the same person he was before the accident.