Lafayette woman survives traumatic brain injury

March is Brain Injury Awareness month and as a survivor, Jessica Hunt shares her story in the hopes that it will help save others. (WLFI Photo)
March is Brain Injury Awareness month and as a survivor, Jessica Hunt shares her story in the hopes that it will help save others. (WLFI Photo)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and one Lafayette woman is sharing her story in the hopes that it will help save others.

“I had fallen down a flight of stairs and hit my head on concrete,” said Jessica Hunt. “That caused me to have a brain injury, a traumatic brain injury.”

It’s a memory Hunt can now only relive through pictures. It was back in April of 2013 when Hunt’s accident left her clinging to life.

“At the time she was taken to surgery, honestly, I didn’t know if she would live or die from her injury,” said Neurosurgeon Dr. Randy Gehring.

According to Gehring, Hunt had a blood clot between her brain and her skull, which required hours of surgery. After the procedure, Hunt spent 11 days in a medically induced coma.

“The first thing I noticed was that I didn’t have any hair and I kind of freaked out,” laughed Hunt. “I didn’t like that I didn’t have any hair, and I demanded that I had it back!”

The smile and laugh Hunt shares today is exactly what she said got her through her next four weeks of rehab. Hunt had to learn to walk again and when she did, it was an experience she’ll never forget.

“I wasn’t even supposed to survive and I was walking out of the doors of rehab on my way,” said Hunt. “It was an amazing feeling.”

Now, Hunt is thriving.

A senior at Harrison College, she’s set to graduate in April, just one year after her accident. Hunt said she’s sharing her story in the hopes that it will encourage others that no matter what, you should never give up.

“I look at everything, and wow,” said Hunt. “I’m getting ready to graduate college. I can walk, I can talk, I have an amazing family, [and] I have a wonderful boyfriend. Everything has just looked up for the best, and it’s because I never gave up.”

Hunt will be graduating with a degree in medicine. She said her whole life, she’s wanted to be a pediatrician. Now, she’s hoping to pursue a career in neurology.

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