New EMERGE Program Helps Aid Recovery of Brain Injury Patients
Frazier Rehab Institute, part of KentuckyOne Health has implemented a Disorders of Consciousness program called EMERGE. A disorder of consciousness (DOC) exists when a traumatic or non-traumatic injury to the brain causes a person to lose consciousness. As the person comes out of coma, if he or she remains in a vegetative or minimally conscious state he or she has a disorder of consciousness. Research has demonstrated aggressive medical and rehab care can improve both functional abilities and quality of life for these patients.
Emily Homes, 20, is Western Kentucky University student from Fort Campbell, Ky. has already benefitted from this program. Emily suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident. She arrived at Frazier Rehab in a minimally conscious state. Through care in the new EMERGE program, Emily emerged into consciousness. She remains with severe brain injury but is improving and will be discharged today. She is able to respond verbally and with yes or no responses and demonstrate her sense of humor. Emily is a photographer and artist. A Facebook page Hearts for Emily includes posts of support from people as far as away as Belgium.
Emily’s mother, Yvette Homes, will be available to talk about Emily’s care through the EMERGE program and ongoing recovery before Emily’s discharge today.
What: Mother of Frazier Rehab Patient Shares How New EMERGE Program Aided Daughter’s Recovery
When: Friday, March 29, 2013
Where: Frazier Rehab Institute
220 Abraham Flexner Way, Meet in Main Lobby
· Darryl Kaelin, MD, medical director, Frazier Rehab Institute
· Yvette Homes, mother of patient Emily Homes, who has benefitted from the EMERGE program
B-roll of the patient will be available.