Emily Langdon, 12, will play her first fast-pitch softball game this Saturday, April 26, since suffering a traumatic brain injury. Eighteen months ago, her parents Todd and Barb Langdon, Dillsboro,and sister Hannah, 10, didn't know if she'd even awaken from a coma, let alone speak or walk again. Here her dad shares what she and her family went through.
On November 18, 2012, our daughter, Emily, and my brother, Mike, both nearly lost their lives in a horrific, freak ATV accident, when they came over a hill at exactly the same moment and collided head on. Both were air cared from a field on my parents' farm in Moores Hill to Cincinnati hospitals. I'm happy to say both have nearly fully recovered from their injuries.
A couple weeks back, our family watched a NBC Dateline report on Andrea Vellinga and her miraculous recovery after her skull was nearly crushed in the 2011 Indianapolis State Fair stage collapse. Our family sat there and cried as we watched that show because it hit so close to home as her path to recovery from her traumatic brain injury (TBI) was detailed and we saw all the similarities with what our family experienced.
It made us think, these stories - stories of faith, persistence and hard work - are stories that need to be told.