According to the CDC, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. This was a statistic seventeen-year-old Abbey was not considering on her daily commute to Smithville High School one early October morning. It was foggy and rainy and Abbey came out of her crashed car paralyzed on her left-side, experiencing what would later be diagnosed as a traumatic brain injury.
After a six week hospital stay, her doctor referred her to RIKC where she was able to regain lost strength and transition back to school. "When I first came here, I walked with a cane," Abbey said. "Now I don't walk with one anymore. I feel more myself."