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Tyler was just eight years old when he sustained a traumatic brain injury at a child’s party. After emergency surgery and more than two weeks in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Tyler was transferred to Unity.

Tyler’s mom, Dawn, tells the story of their family’s experience with Unity…

A tragedy like this affects the entire family—my husband and I and our two daughters were at Unity every day. We tried to have dinner together every night, trying to maintain our family connections. We received a lot of support from our family and friends, and from the Unity staff. While the main focus is naturally on the patient, the staff made sure that the whole family felt welcome and involved in Tyler’s treatment.

When we first got to Unity, Tyler was in a wheelchair—his left side was paralyzed and he wasn’t talking. But he had a positive attitude, worked very hard, and did therapy every day to help regain the use of his motor skills. Our whole family saw the day-to-day gains.

As he progressed, Tyler was able to go home for a few hours at a time. It was so scary to do this on our own—but the staff really helped with the transition and the modifications we needed to make at home to accommodate his needs.

He has continued to do outpatient therapy and home exercises, and has even gone back to school. The Unity team has helped tremendously throughout this process; we’ve had very open communication throughout the years.

Tyler is here today because of all the support we’ve had. Dr. Dombovy and the staff totally back everything we’ve done. They’re compassionate, friendly, warm, and above all, knowledgeable. We knew we were in the right place.