One Family's Story: Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Samwise Leszczynski, who suffered a traumatic brain injury, pets his dog in his hospital bed. (The Leszczynski family)

Yesterday we marveled at Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ survival despite a gunshot wound to the head, and talked about the brain’s remarkable potential for recovery. This tragic news inspired one Takeaway listener to share the story of his son, who recovered from a traumatic brain injury after being hit by a car a year and a half ago, when he was five years old.

Jon Leszczynski joins us from Warren, Mich. to talk about his son’s injury, how his family has coped and what advice he has for Congresswoman Giffords and her loved ones.

The Leszczynski family
At age five, Samwise Leszczynski was hit by a car and put in the hospital with a traumatic brain injury.
Leszczynski family
Sam's survival from the accident was narrow, and required a long hospital stay. Reading with brother Maxwell.
Sam Leszczynski, perhaps getting tired of hospital fare.
Leszczynski family
Healthy, Samwise plays with father jon.


Jon Leszczynski

Produced by:

Andrea Swalec

Comments [4]

Cari Fonseca from Phoenix, Arizona

It just amazes me at how a person can be injured so severely and yet make almost a full recovery. I have a story about my son and how we have overcome the tragedy by making something positive out of it. Please read my blog at
Thank you and God Bless you and your family!

Aug. 20 2011 08:18 PM
ron johnson from vancouver,canada

my wife diagnosed with adem jan 18,as it so rare (even more so with adults) it is next to impossible to find a support group,any info on neurological support groups would be greatly appreciated..thank you

Feb. 12 2011 06:34 PM
Marilyn Burch from California

My son is recovering from a gun shot wound to the head like Giffords

Jan. 15 2011 11:53 PM

The above link is probably the most potentially meaningful aid I found regarding the future of therapy in recovering from TBI.

There are others, and I find that I was finding these types of links and information and was really the one providing this type of information to our doctors and therapists.

Jan. 12 2011 09:03 AM

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