Trauma Survivors Day allows patients, doctors to share stories

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Tuesday, Medical Center Navicent Center Health held its 1st ever Trauma Survivors Day event for patients who overcame life-threatening injuries.

Corey Smith, a traumatic brain injury survivor, says he had a difficult recovery.

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“I couldn’t even remember my families names. I was very unaware” Smith said.

Trauma survivors need help as well as support after they leave the hospital. This allows them to heal mentally as well as physically.

Director of trauma Dr. Dennis Ashley says Navicent Health didn’t have a trauma survivor network available for patients at one point.

“You don’t plan for trauma, it just happens to you,” Dr. Ashley said.

Three different speakers at the ice cream social shared their traumatic experiences.

Brooklyn Rouse, Corey Young, and Chloe Fowler took turns telling their stories.

Someone shot Rouse and left her for dead as she was delivering pizzas. Her advice is to talk to someone who has gone through a traumatic experience.

Rouse says events like Trauma Survivors Day helps.

The Trauma Survivor Network coordinator and trauma survivor Kimiko Cheeley says trauma patients can check the Navicent Health website for more resources and help.

Visit the traumasurvivorsnetwork.org for help.