In May 2014, Robert Brewer suffered a severe traumatic brain injury when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver while riding a bicycle in D.C. Robert became one of the sickest neuro patients that MedStar Washington Hospital Center has ever treated. But thanks to the neurology team’s depth of expertise and experience, the 30-year-old not only survived but regained his previous life.
While Robert has no recollection of the accident or his critical care stay, bit by bit, the rest of his memories and faculties returned. And on Sept. 11, 2014—only four and one-half months after the devastating accident—Robert was back at work.
On Nov. 5, 2014, Robert and his Mom Beth made a surprise visit to the 2H Neuro ICU team when Hospital Center President John Sullivan presented the 2H team with the “Patients First Award.”
Mom wrote a heartfelt letter to the team and here's a portion of it:
'Our family collectively believes Robert is with us because of each of you: the best of the best. We were so very fortunate and blessed that Robert received the most special, amazing, and healing care possible. Now that the critical moments have passed, and I can look at Robert in total amazement, I become weepy.'
Today, Robert is back on a bike, albeit with a heightened sense of caution and a tremendous appreciation for the people that saved his life.