Grant's Story

Therapy gives young man a second chance at life

The Anderson's will never forget the police knocking on their front door in August 2007.  Their son Grant, was in a Canadian hospital after slamming into a semi-truck on his way home from Bible camp. He was in a coma with a severe traumatic brain injury with intracranial bleeding.

“Doctors said there was no hope and that we should say goodbye, but we insisted on life-sustaining surgery,” said Julie Anderson. That surgery saved his life and five days later, Grant was transferred to a Detroit-area hospital. 

Gradually coming out of a six week coma, Grant began rehabilitation for sitting, standing, talking and his cognitive deficits.  Discharged two months later, he was slowly improving but couldn’t sit up without help.

Fortunately, the Anderson's were familiar with the inpatient rehab program at DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM). Grant was evaluated and transferred.

“Physical therapists had Grant up and walking in the parallel bars almost immediately.  He received daily physical, occupational and speech therapy and it was amazing how he improved," said Julie.  "When he left, three months later, he could help with his transfers, feed himself and communicate pretty well.”

Grant continued his therapy as an outpatient at RIM Novi Center. They worked on his arm, core and leg strength, and quickly had him swimming. By April, he was walking with a cane. Grant has completed his rehab but still participates in RIM's adapted sports program and competes annually with the RIM Team at the Thunder in the Valley Wheelchair Games. 

“God and my RIM therapists have given me a second chance.  I graduated from Wayne State University with a music degree and give disability awareness talks in elementary schools. I swim more than three miles a week and walk with a standard cane.  I can honestly say that miracles do happen,” said Grant.