Iraq war vet faces long-term recovery issues from TBI


Sanjay  Gupta, MD interviewed Sergeant Antwain D’Angelo Vaughn, an Iraq War vet who received a severe TBI in an IED explosion during his second tour of duty. Sergeant Vaughn’s injury shattered the left side of his skull and he lost an eye in the explosion. He required a left-sided craniotomy and spent months in the hospital. Now back at home Sergeant Vaughn was able to continue with his rehabilitation through the SHAPE program at Shepherd- Pratt Hospital. Sergeant Vaughn has remarried and continues to work on the skill areas which have been affected by his TBI.

Dr. Gupta’s interview with Sergeant Vaughn details the long road of recovery from brain injury and provides insight into what has become known as “the signature injury of the war”. Dr. Gupta reports that 1 in 5 soldier has a TBI at some level and 18% have PTSD and depression.

Dr. Gupta and Sergeant Vaughn offer a candid look at the long road of return for soldiers who have a TBI and points out that services are needed long after the initial phase of rehabilitation and continuing into the community. Click here to view the interview.

About Rolf Gainer Ph.D.

Dr. Rolf Gainer is the founder of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as the Neurological Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Gainer is a psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. Dr. Gainer has designed and operated innovative rehabilitation programs in the United States and Canada for individuals who have been regarded as difficult to serve. He is currently involved in conducting two outcome studies related to the long-term issues faced by individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. He has presented papers throughout the United States and Canada in many professional conferences and educational forums.

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