This is my miracle brother, Troy. He has had a challenge his whole life being born with spina bifida (born with a hole in his spine which made him paralyzed from the waist down for life). He walked with braces on his legs and crutches everyday for 26 years. Troy turned 26 September 18th, 2013. On September 19th, Troy went out drinking with some friends to celebrate his birthday. While getting out of his friends car on the way home, he fell and hit his head. It was almost 24 hours later that we realized Troy had a brain bleed the size of a baseball. He was flown to Fairfax Hospital and surgery was performed right away. I will never forget my dad saying right before leaving the house to go to Fairfax Hospital “This might be the end of the road for your brother.” It tore me apart even though my brother and I didn’t get along all the time and I would say “I hate my brother”. I really didn’t hate him. He is the sweetest kid ever. It was the hardest thing seeing him hooked up to every machine possible. I just wanted to see him smile and hear him talk at least one more time. Thanks to all the prayers from family, friends, and even people that didn’t even know my family..a few weeks after surgery Troy started progressing and was accepted to the Shepherd Center that specializes in brain and spinal cord injuries down in Atlanta, Georgia. Troy made a TREMENDOUS progress at the Shepherd Center. After relearning how to swallow, talk, count, and find the right word for what he is trying to say, Troy is almost back to his normal self. He still has some trouble finding the right word, but that is normal and it comes with time. My parents and brother came home 3 days before Christmas. It was one of the best Christmas presents ever. I’m so happy to have my brother back home!! Troy now uses his wheelchair 24/7 and is continuing his everyday therapies back home now. God is great! A big thanks to everyone for all the prayers in the past couple months!
The picture on the left is his first day at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia & the on the right is the latest picture of my brother and I on his first Sunday home from ATL