Traumatic Brain Injury Success Story: Ana
Traumatic Brain Injury Success Story
At birth, Ana was a beautiful and healthy baby girl. In the first two years of her life, she developed normally and was a happy child. However, soon after her second birthday, a terrible accident occurred that changed Ana’s life. While on vacation with her parents, Ana fell headfirst from a second-story balcony onto a marble floor. She suffered a traumatic brain injury and was comatose.
When Ana began to come out of the coma she was unable to open her eyes and she was paralyzed on the right side of her body. She had great difficulty speaking. She was unable to sit by herself or feed herself. She could not even hold a spoon. Her speech was not clear.
Her parents began to search for help for their little girl. They found the book What To Do About Your Brain-Injured Child by Glenn Doman. They learned about a treatment program that they could carry out at home to help Ana.
After a year of working on her program at home, Ana had improved greatly. Although her coordination was not good yet, she could walk and run. However, doctors warned that Ana might develop seizures, depression, or personality changes because of the head injury.
Just before Ana’s seventh birthday, her parents traveled to The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential, founded by Glenn Doman, for the treatment of hurt children like Ana. There, Ana’s parents attended the What To Do About Your Brain-Injured Child course. Following the course, the staff of The Institutes designed an intensive home program for Ana’s parents to carry out at home. Ana improved tremendously while on this program. After only 14 months of the program, Ana was able to join her peers and attend school fulltime.
Ana after graduating from the program
Today Ana is above her age level in reading and writing. She is fluent in both Spanish and English. She is no longer rigid on her right side. Ana’s mother says, “We are very proud to tell you about Ana. She is a straight A student, excelling in math and spelling.”
Ana now enjoys a happy life and looks forward to helping to create a better world. Ana has proven that even children who have suffered a serious traumatic injury to the brain are not hopeless but deserve a fighting chance to be well.