Rehabilitation After Trauma: Max and Makeya’s Story


Nationwide means everything to me… without
them I don’t I don’t know where we’d be. I mean they saved my kids. I remember him starting to lose control and
him screaming and then the next thing I know we were going over the embank and I saw the
tree and knew we were going to hit it. IN AUGUST ALL SIX MEMBERS OF THE BROWN FAMILY
WERE INVOLVED IN A CAR ACCIDENT IN THEIR HOME STATE OF KENTUCKY. SADLY, THE BROWN’S FIVE-YEAR-OLD SON QUINTON
DIDN’T SURVIVE. (PICTURE)
I saw Max and he was on the other side of the vehicle. And he was like this…
when I got to him he wasn’t breathing… I looked at Keya and said Keya are you ok… She said mom I can’t move my legs. 6-YEAR-OLD` MAKEYA AND HER 2-YEAR-OLD BROTHER
MAX WERE IN CRITICAL CONDITION. MAX WAS FLOWN TO NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
AND SPENT 73 DAYS IN OUR ICU. he had a complete fracture or break in his
spine. the spinal cord was completely torn.
he had multiple injuries to his heart, his lung his spline chest… also a closed head
injury this is something that absolutely could have
taken a child’s life. WHEN MAX WAS MOVED FROM OUR ICU TO OUR REHAB
UNIT, MAKEYA’S PARENTS CHOSE TO TRANSER HER FROM A HOSPITAL IN WEST VIRGINIA TO NATIONWIDE
CHILDREN’S. Makeya was also in the backseat with Max…
she had an injury also spinal cord at a high level. the bones were broken and there was a tear
in the lining around the spinal cord …Her injury was different in that the whole cord
wasn’t torn. One of the biggest barriers I was working
on… was getting her used to her new routine, her new life and how she moves in it the short few months that she’s been here…
they’ve got her to where she can feed herself.. put own clothes on. The doctors here say if she does not improve
anymore she stays where she’s at… she will be able to go to college get her own
place have her own family… she’s got some function returning so we
consider this an incomplete injury … so there’s hope we’re going to continue to
get muscle function back down the road. I think they both benefited from having a
sibling going through the same thing. she realized that hey I’m the big sister
and I need to show him what he can do so I’m going to do it. Makeya would always want to wheel by his room
and tell him hi. she’d be like you can do it Max… come on come on… probably one of the best days of my career
… the first time we put him in a manual wheelchair… Before they had him fully buckled in .. he
done grabbed his wheels and started taking off. Because I guess he sees her… he’s learning
a lot from her he’s going to be able to up hills down hills…
hopefully not too fast… and he’ll be able to dress himself… feed himself.. he should
have a pretty normal life with what he wants to do with using his arms. Nats of Max playing
They show him how to do it… they make it fun to where he wants to do it.. Having our rehab unit right in the middle
of a main hospital with so many experts avail to come at a drop of a hat … makes rehab
so much better If Max didn’t come here… I hate… I don’t know if he’d be here… if he
didn’t come to his hospital. Mom and dad have been amazing… they jumped
right in from the beginning to learn these techniques and to really support their children
through this …despite injuries of their own. a lot of people tell me… you’re so strong
I don’t know how you do it.. it’s not something I do. It’s not something I am it’s something
I have to be and have to do. with the number of children we see we’re
looking at different approaches different procedures how we deal with trauma and we
share this information across the country. So everything the physicians and nurses staff
and therapists do… this is to help children all across the country.

14 thoughts on “Rehabilitation After Trauma: Max and Makeya’s Story

  1. Does this family have a facebook page or some place that we can keep up with the progress of these children. Do they have a fund that someone could give to? 

  2. There is a facebook page…The Brown Family…and there is a trust fund set up at the Citizens Deposit Bank in Vanceburg for the Brown Family…but the most important thing is to continue to pray for this family….Thank You so much Nationwide for what you have done for my grandchildren and for my daughter and her husband

  3. They have three children after one passed away, what happened to the third child, did he or she survive, is he or she okay? The third child was not mentioned.

  4. The third child, Neveya, is in the video…..this video that was made was to show what Nationwide Hospital has to offer….they are GREAT…..just not threw their knowledge but also the love and caring that my family felt threw this nightmare….Neveya was in the accident…she only had a few scratches ….they are getting stronger everyday…GOD has surely done miracles…they still have a long way to go

  5. Also, why were the kids at two different hospitals when the accident happened? Why weren't they both at nationwide children's from the start? Also how old is Neveya?

  6. Neveya turned 2 in Feb…the reason they were flown to 2 different hospitals…Makeya and her dad were airlifted from the seen of the accident and being in Kentucky they take you to WV…the mother, Max and Neveya were taking by ambulance to Ohio..then Max was airlifted from there to Nationwide…Neveya was taking there by ambulance….but was later release…

  7. Oh okay yeah I just started following their Facebook page. Neveya wasn't injured, so she was released and living with her grandmother until October.

  8. I know to that Quinton didn't make it. Did they find him dead right away, or was he also flown to one of the hospitals and did he pass away there?

  9. what a tragic thing to happen and I am very sorry but what brave beautiful kids you have, i wish them all the very best in the world, i hope the little man does not need the vent for the rest of his life. Wishing you all the very best and so very sorry for the loss of you son.

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