Henry Mendence is a boy’s boy as he loves riding his bike and is fascinated with all aspects of construction. On June 13th, 2014 Henry was climbing in his room like many young boys do when he fell two stories out of his window onto concrete. Henry was rushed to the hospital where he spent two weeks. It was determined that Henry had suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and multiple skull fractures, swelling and weakened balance and coordination. The Mendence family was then referred to RIKC for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech language therapy.
Henry’s family, therapy team, case manager, and school reintegration teacher set goals that Henry would spend the next month and a half working towards. Due to Henry’s TBI he had difficulty with vision, endurance, motor skills, balance, weakness and at word finding communication skills. As an incentive for a hard days work of therapy Henry was always up for a few laps on one of RIKC’s adaptive bikes.
With a week left at RIKC before Henry Mendence’s discharge the tall 5 year old was pushing out jumping jacks in the therapy gym as his father recalled all of the progress Henry has made in such short time. “We can’t believe all of the progress he has made; since he has been here he went from zero to normal. We had expected much worse but are thankful for all of the therapists here”, said Aaron Mendence.