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Recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury

This site details Justin McCarthy-Contreras' accident on the Island of Ometepe, Nicaragua and his ongoing recovery. This site offers a means to receive updates and inform[...] read about page

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Current Progress

Justin has made tremendous progress. At one point in time his future looked very bleak. Assisted living or continuous supervision at a group home were discussed but Justin began to prove these suppositions wrong. At Barrow he moved along at a steady pace, improving his aphasia problems, maneuvering his wheel chair. At Rehab Without Walls he could stay focused at least five hours a day and when he finally came home in April he was beginning to use his walker. The therapists worked hard with Justin and Justin reciprocated with disciplined intent to recover 100 percent. Justin’s progress has continued from a “home and community” setting to out-patient.


Justin is feeling "pretty good" now. He completed two classes at the University of Arizona with better than average grades. His road to recovery is something that will take much longer. Justin still can not taste/smell or feel hungry/full. He still sees a speech therapist and a neuropsychologist. He has made remarkable gains and progress and his continued determination, friends, family and community support and awareness that he has a purpose to fulfill after surviving a near fatal accident propel him.