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David's Story

Dec 28, 2020

david-headshotDetroit Horse Power provides opportunities for high-risk youth in Detroit by teaching them to care for and ride horses. And when its founder, David Silver, was in a car accident, he needed as much horsepower as he could to muscle through his rehabilitation for a skull fracture, broken neck and a traumatic brain injury.

On Christmas Eve in 2018, David was driving from Kentucky to South Carolina when a vehicle crossed the median and slammed head-on into his car. He was airlifted to a West Virginia hospital, where doctors removed bone fragments from his head and fused his neck.

“For several days, I was unconscious,” said David. “When I woke up, I couldn’t move my left hand and experienced cognitive effects from the trauma and pain medication. When I left two and a half weeks later, I was walking but not well.”

A supporter of David’s non-profit recommended he go to the DMC’s Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM). As an inpatient on the neuroscience unit, occupational therapists worked on his hand function, physical therapists helped with his balance and walking and speech therapists worked on his cognitive abilities.

“The therapy was outstanding,” said David. “They worked to get me moving again and gave me strategies to deal with the new challenges I faced. I was happy with the progress I had made when I was released two weeks later.”

David continued with outpatient therapy at RIM three times a week, focusing mainly on improving his hand movement. He has now returned to working with kids and horses.

“The people at RIM are so caring. They were there for me at a critical time,” said David. “Everyone works hard to keep you on a schedule, busy and progressing in your recovery. I was able to return home safely and continue working to regain as much function as I can. I am so thankful for all the hardworking professionals there. I hope other people benefit from RIM as much as I have.”

RIM’s state-of-the-art neuroscience unit for stroke and brain injury recovery is equipped with the most advanced neuro-recovery technology available and is staffed by experts in stroke rehabilitation. The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) recognizes RIM’s stroke specialty program as meeting the highest standards in quality, safety and outcome measures.

Click here to learn more about RIM’s Brain Injury Program