TBI – Survivors, Caregivers, Family, and Friends

Brain Injury is Not Discriminating

bigstock-cartoon-face-vector-people-25671746-e1348136261718It can happen to anyone, anytime, . . . and anywhere.

The Brain Trauma Foundation states that there are 5.3 million people in the United States living with some form of brain injury.

On Faces of Brain Injury,” you will meet survivors living with brain injury. I hope that their stories will help you to understand the serious implications and complications of brain injury.

The stories on SPEAK OUT! Faces of Brain Injury are published with the permission of the survivor or designated caregiver.

If you would like your story to be published, please send a short account and two photos to me at neelyf@aol.com. I’d love to publish your story and raise awareness for Brain Injury – one view at a time.

Davien Lopez (survivor) contributed by Diana Lopez (mom and caregiver)

10501889_768245286553199_2546552260294944140_nI am the mother of a now six-year-old boy who has a TBI (traumatic brain injury). My son, Davien, was four and a half years old when people in a car were shooting at people in Davien Lopez with brotheranother car in front of our house. While Davien was napping in my arms, a stray bullet came through our bedroom window and the headboard and struck my son in his left frontal lobe. The bullet traveled diagonally across Davien’s face and lodged in the right side of his cheek. Davien suffers from bilateral frontal lobe brain damage. He had a fractured jaw, which is healed now. He is completely blind in his right eye. He has PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), a mood disorder, Davien Lopez 033015and an impulse disorder. A year and a half later, Davien runs around like nothing happened. He still has a ton of psychiatric issues, but that is nothing compared to what could have occurred. A smile emoticon here is a picture of Davien and Bruno (Davien’s service dog in training).

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Comments on: "SPEAK OUT! Faces of Brain Injury Davien Lopez" (3)

  1. Diana, I can not imagine what it has been like to be the caregiver to your son. I heard another lady’s story. She was also the care giver to her son, who is a TBI survivor. She did an interview, that was put on youtube. I sent my Mom the link, & told her I can not imagine what she went through, seeing her only daughter go this. A simple ‘thank you’ is not enough. I am a nurse, have been a care giver, before my TBI. However, I have not been a care giver for any of my 3 children. Thank God none of my children have suffered a TBI. Kudos!!!


    • Jlvonhatten,

      I agree. I cannot imagine how awful it would be to watch a child go through this. It is hard enough to watch my spouse struggle. Though I must say he approaches his brain injury with grace and dignity. I am so glad he is with me. My heart goes out to Diana and her son Davien.

      Donna O’Donnell Figurski


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