Written by Jill Nossa Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held recently to announce the opening of a new Brain Injury Unit at Glen Cove Hospital, a $4 million inpatient facility. It is the only New York State-designated adult brain injury rehabilitation center in Nassau County.
At the Feb 22 ceremony, former brain injury patient Zachary Young returned to thank the staff for aiding in his recovery.
“I feel like I got a second chance,” said Young, 23, a recent graduate from SUNY Binghamton and Plainview resident.
In Dec. 2011, Young collapsed on the ice while playing hockey, suffering from cardiac arrest. Home from school on winter break, he was lucky to have two friends present who were able to assist him, a police officer and a nurse. They used an AED to shock his heart, and he was hospitalized twice and had a defibrillator implanted before entering rehab at Glen Cove Hospital in January of last year. He had suffered a brain injury as a result of lack of oxygen to his brain after the cardiac arrest. Upon entering, he had cognitive issues including memory loss, difficulty writing and physical issues including trouble walking. He spent three weeks in rehab, and graduated college in Dec. 2012. He has been accepted to several law schools, and will soon decide where to attend school in September.
“Although I have slight physical limitations, my life has gotten better…I have more conviction in my studying and my family has gotten closer,” said Young.
Glen Cove Hospital is part of the North Shore-LIJ system, so the doctors in the BIU will work with neuro and trauma surgeons at North Shore University Hospital and LIJ to ensure patients get the best possible care.