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TBI One Love Survivor Grace Turner

Hello my name is Grace.

On August 24th in 2014 was the day my life changed forever. I was 14 years old and just started my freshman year of high school.  I was a star soccer player and on the track team. I was a 4.0 GPA student in the Gifted and Talented program. I had spent the night at a friend’s house and we decided to try out her go-cart on that Sunday morning.  I had a seat belt on and was riding with her dad, but I didn't have a helmet on.  We weren't going very fast but took a wrong turn and my head ricochet on the roll cage bars. My entire skull fractured from the back to the front and the entire left side of my face was crushed. I was non responsive and my eyes were fixed and no dilated.

My CT scans showed no brain activity.  I was rushed to the hospital were I had to be resuscitated. When my parents were finally able to see me they said I was unrecognizable.  No one thought I would make it and the doctors said there was nothing they could do but "wait and see". My family and friends gathered around to pray for a miracle and they reached out to our community and all around the world to pray for me. After a few days I began to move my legs and wiggle my toes on command. After a few weeks I was stable enough to begin rehab.

I had suffered a severe traumatic brain injury and the rehab would be very intense. I had to relearn how to sit, stand, walk, talk, eat, play....everything. Through the support of my family, and my faith in God I made what could only be termed a miraculous recovery.  Just two months after the accident I walked out of the hospital.  I was able to return to school part-time and continued my therapy as an out-patient.  

Today my family has started a campaign called Acadiana Helmets4Life to educate our community about the importance of Helmet Safety.

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