4th International Conference on Vascular Dementia
Saperstein & Salomon, USA
Title: Spring break: A true story of hope and determination
Biography: Steven Benvenisti
Traumatic brain injury is the silent epidemic of our time. In spite of the millions who sustain a T.B.I. every year, very few medicalrnprofessionals, legal scholars, employers and educators understand the reality of what the survivor and family members experience.rnThe most powerful way to get a full understanding of the impact of T.B.I. is directly from the perspective of a survivor. I present thisrnprogram as an attorney regarding a “law case” of an “All American” college student on vacation with his college friends. One nightrnhe was walking and was struck by a drunk driver’s vehicle. His parents were called in the middle of the night and asked to consent tornorgan donation due to their son’s severe traumatic brain injury and other catastrophic injuries. The parents’ declined to consent tornorgan donation and instead got a room in the hospital to be with their son 24/7. After seeing the powerful photographs of the studentrnin a coma, the audience is delighted to learn that he awoke after almost two (2) weeks, survived and had a full recovery. They arernthen astounded by the announcement that the attorney speaker before them is actually the T.B.I. survivor who is the feature of thernprogram. The remainder of the program educates the audience about T.B.I. from the perspective of the survivor and family, while alsornproviding valuable tools to help them in their own professional and personal capacities when dealing with Traumatic Brain Injury.