Family Helps Son Rehab From Brain Injury

8 years 9 months 5 days ago Wednesday, June 29 2011 Jun 29, 2011 Wednesday, June 29, 2011 6:35:00 PM CDT June 29, 2011 in News
By: Lisa Hart
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - Bowling For Jon is a team effort--Team Jon, that is--that started almost two years ago in June when Jon Thomann took a fall down a cement staircase that caused major bleeding in his brain.

"I had a traumatic brain injury," Thomann said.

The Thomann family then endured a wild roller coaster. They spent eight months in four different hospitals around St. Louis waiting for Jon to wake up.

"Part of my son did die," Joe Thomann, Jon Thomann's father, said. "We've lost the old Jon. We have a new Jon. It's a new Jon. It's a way of life, it's a new attitude, it's a new challenge."

Joe is now Jon's primary caretaker--a job that requires 'round the clock care.

"Being a caretaker is very difficult," Joe Thomann said. "Jon was 19 when this happened. We raised him once, now we're gonna have to raise him again. He had to learn how to walk, talk, breathe, eat."

"It really takes time for people to regain skills and get their life back," Head Injury Services Executive Director Donna Gunning said. "Now they may not be able to go back to what they did before, but you know we give them some hope."

But according to Gunning, Missouri has dropped into the lower 25 states for brain injury services.

"It's difficult in Missouri," she said. "It's a very small funding source in Missouri."

But a lack of funding won't stop Joe Thomann from giving his son a second chance at life.

"It's what needs to be done, simple as that," he said. "Our situation warrants that we do something.

The goal: bring a replica of the St. Louis center to Jefferson City, starting with a day program. The required start up fee: 60 thousand dollars, which the Thomann's have to raise on their own. They already have twenty thousand and a long way to go.

"I'm sure it will, but I hope and pray that we can get one opened in Jeff. City," Joe Thomann said.

The center won't just be a place of rehabilitation for the survivors.

"Brain injury doesn't just happen to the person, it happens to the whole family," he said.

 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper who was driving a boat when a handcuffed... More >>
8 hours ago Friday, April 03 2020 Apr 3, 2020 Friday, April 03, 2020 9:47:00 PM CDT April 03, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – Julia Griffin is in the same situation as millions of Americans. She doesn’t know when she’ll be able... More >>
11 hours ago Friday, April 03 2020 Apr 3, 2020 Friday, April 03, 2020 6:33:00 PM CDT April 03, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Stay-at-home orders and fears of catching or spreading COVID-19 means fewer people are leaving their homes unless they... More >>
11 hours ago Friday, April 03 2020 Apr 3, 2020 Friday, April 03, 2020 6:30:00 PM CDT April 03, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Veterans United Foundation is donating a total of $1 million to several communities for COVID-19 relief starting April... More >>
14 hours ago Friday, April 03 2020 Apr 3, 2020 Friday, April 03, 2020 3:14:00 PM CDT April 03, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The MU College of Textile and Apparel Management is making Personal Protective Equipment for MU Health Care. ... More >>
15 hours ago Friday, April 03 2020 Apr 3, 2020 Friday, April 03, 2020 3:01:00 PM CDT April 03, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - One local business is finding a new way to stop that feeling of isolation. Ragtag Cinema shut... More >>
15 hours ago Friday, April 03 2020 Apr 3, 2020 Friday, April 03, 2020 2:43:00 PM CDT April 03, 2020 in News
COLE COUNTY - The Cole County Health Department announced on Friday the first death of a Cole County resident due... More >>
15 hours ago Friday, April 03 2020 Apr 3, 2020 Friday, April 03, 2020 2:31:00 PM CDT April 03, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - As of 2 p.m. Friday, the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services reported that the state... More >>
15 hours ago Friday, April 03 2020 Apr 3, 2020 Friday, April 03, 2020 2:30:00 PM CDT April 03, 2020 in News
MISSOURI - Governor Mike Parson announced a statewide stay-at-home order for the state of Missouri on Friday afternoon. Parson... More >>
15 hours ago Friday, April 03 2020 Apr 3, 2020 Friday, April 03, 2020 2:16:00 PM CDT April 03, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — As state and commercial testing is more available for the Missourians, the number of confirmed cases is rising.... More >>
16 hours ago Friday, April 03 2020 Apr 3, 2020 Friday, April 03, 2020 2:00:00 PM CDT April 03, 2020 in News
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to change parts of our everyday lives. Living rooms have turned into offices and schools, businesses... More >>
17 hours ago Friday, April 03 2020 Apr 3, 2020 Friday, April 03, 2020 12:48:40 PM CDT April 03, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
COLUMBIA - You've probably heard it just about everywhere: staying active while staying home is important. It's especially important... More >>
18 hours ago Friday, April 03 2020 Apr 3, 2020 Friday, April 03, 2020 11:54:00 AM CDT April 03, 2020 in Top Stories
AUDRAIN COUNTY - SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital in Audrain County will open its own drive-thru COVID-19 testing site starting... More >>
18 hours ago Friday, April 03 2020 Apr 3, 2020 Friday, April 03, 2020 11:36:00 AM CDT April 03, 2020 in News
ST. LOUIS — At least 27 long-term care facilities in Missouri have at least one resident or employee who has... More >>
21 hours ago Friday, April 03 2020 Apr 3, 2020 Friday, April 03, 2020 8:21:00 AM CDT April 03, 2020 in Top Stories
In this COVID-19 town hall, KOMU 8's Emily Spain talks with Dr. Christopher Sampson from MU Health Care about the... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, April 02 2020 Apr 2, 2020 Thursday, April 02, 2020 9:52:00 PM CDT April 02, 2020 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - As Missouri gears up for a long fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, University of Missouri System leaders are... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, April 02 2020 Apr 2, 2020 Thursday, April 02, 2020 5:38:00 PM CDT April 02, 2020 in News
HOWARD COUNTY – As public safety agencies face major personal protective equipment shortages, a local dentist is making sure first... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, April 02 2020 Apr 2, 2020 Thursday, April 02, 2020 4:34:00 PM CDT April 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Business is slow just about everywhere in mid-Missouri, but one local shop owner is using this time to... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, April 02 2020 Apr 2, 2020 Thursday, April 02, 2020 4:07:00 PM CDT April 02, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 35°
7am 32°
8am 33°
9am 34°
10am 36°