On May 13, 2010 Rhett Nelson, a Woodruff High School baseball player, was driving north on Highway 221 when he lost control of his 2002 Ford Sport Trac, overcorrected, lost control and caused the SUV to flip four and a half times.  Rhett suffered a life-threatening traumatic brain injury and had to be airlifted to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center for treatment.  Acccording to his parents, Rhett suffered his brain injury from the tremendous impact of the accident.  His head was pinned against the pavement. 

After three days on life support, seven days in the intensive care unit, and a few more in normal care, Rhett had made enough of a recovery to be released to go home.  Doctors told Rhett it could take up to an entire year for him to be able to walk again.  Miraculously, less than two weeks after the accident, Rhett was learning to to take steps and was alert and talking.  His only lasting side effect has been some short-term memory loss.

By January 2011, Rhett was totally cleared by doctors to return to the game he loved, baseball.  On opening day for the Woodruff High School Wolverines', Rhett was in the lineup.  He is greatful to his family, friends, and community for their support.  With his recovery behind him,he now has his sights set on other goals; the state championship.

If you are in need of a Myrtle Beach SC traumatic brain injury attorney, Conway lawyer Dirk Derrick at the The Derrick Law Firm has been handling traumatic brain injury cases in Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, and Conway SC for over 23 years. Please call 843-248-7486 today.

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