Monica H.

Monica H.

Monica Holliday was leaving her boyfriend's house when she was involved in a major car accident. The 20-year-old fractured her cervical spine and suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). She admitted to Vibra Hospital of Mahoning Valley - Trumbull Campus to recover from her injuries.

When Monica arrived at Vibra, she was a Level 1 on the Rancho Los Amigos Scale. The Rancho Los Amigos Scale measures the cognitive function of a person who has suffered a brain injury. Generally, patients need to reach Level 3 before they can admit to a rehabilitation hospital. That was the target for Monica.

Just off a ventilator when she admitted to Vibra, Monica was not responding to stimuli (Level 1). The interdisciplinary care team sprung into action immediately. Every day, Monica went through aggressive at stimulating therapy sessions, including physical, occupational and speech therapies. Soon, Monica opened her eyes and began responding. She continued to progress to moving her head, tracking objects with her eyes, and even moving her lips. By the time she was ready to discharge, she could sit at the edge of the bed and even stand.

Monica had reached Level 3.

Initially, many didn't give Monica much of a chance to qualify for acute rehab. But, because of the progress she made at Vibra, Monica has moved to an acute rehabilitation hospital to receive a much more aggressive treatment.