June 7, 2012
A US women’s volleyball star is overcoming great odds presented to her by a traumatic brain injury that occurred just last year. In a story ran by FOX Sports News, the player says that despite lingering effects of the injury, she is still hopeful to play in the Olympics this summer.
The 34-year-old woman suffered the injury in April of 2011, when a bus that she and her team were riding on in Brazil overturned. At first, the injury appeared to be minor cuts and bruises, but later it was discovered that there was bleeding and swelling in the left hemisphere of her brain. This forced doctors to put her into a medically induced coma.
Since the accident, her vision and sense of balance have not fully returned, despite her strict training regimen. She says that medical professionals have told her that, “…with a brain injury, you have to wait for the brain. It’s a unique thing, you have no control of it and every individual is different.”
The injury forced the woman to adapt her playing style to better fit the needs of her team, and her skills will hopefully win her a spot playing on the Olympic team.
The Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm understand just how difficult overcoming a traumatic brain injury can be and would like to wish this inspiring athlete the best of luck in her pursuit of Olympic gold this summer.