One Family's Story: Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury

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Samwise Leszczynski, who suffered a traumatic brain injury, pets his dog in his hospital bed.
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Yesterday we marveled at Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ survival despite a gunshot wound to the head, and talked about the brain’s remarkable potential for recovery. This tragic news inspired one Takeaway listener to share the story of his son, who recovered from a traumatic brain injury after being hit by a car a year and a half ago, when he was five years old.

Jon Leszczynski joins us from Warren, Mich. to talk about his son’s injury, how his family has coped and what advice he has for Congresswoman Giffords and her loved ones.

At age five, Samwise Leszczynski was hit by a car and put in the hospital with a traumatic brain injury.
At age five, Samwise Leszczynski was hit by a car and put in the hospital with a traumatic brain injury. ( The Leszczynski family )
Sam's survival from the accident was narrow, and required a long hospital stay. Reading with brother Maxwell.
Sam's survival from the accident was narrow, and required a long hospital stay. Reading with brother Maxwell.
Sam Leszczynski, perhaps getting tired of hospital fare.
Sam Leszczynski, perhaps getting tired of hospital fare.
Healthy, Samwise plays with father jon.
Healthy, Samwise plays with father jon. ( Leszczynski family )
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