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About Maurice (page 3)
He was going through so much and would just cry and scream, but would continue to try his hardest and recover. They were able to teach him to walk again but he was very clumsy and now had an unstable gait (movement of limbs).
They were unable to get him to talk again or perform any of the other activities of daily living. It seemed as if he had reverted back to a toddler’s way of thinking and communicating. He was starting to “point” to different items if he wanted them, and the Rehab doctors said it would be a long road ahead for him.
After 30 days and nights in the Rehab hospital Maurice was released and sent home.
It has now been 8 years since Maurice’s severe brain injury, and he is now 13 years old. Every day is still a struggle for him with new challenges, but he still keeps fighting. His ABI (acquired brain injury- resulting from the flu shot) has left him with impairments he will have to deal with for the rest of his life. He requires full-time care and now has epilepsy, can not talk anymore, can not feed himself, and has many other emotional and behavioral issues as well.
Maurice is able to walk and run, but is still somewhat clumsy with this. He has a lot of similar qualities to a child that is severely autistic. He will follow simple commands and has formed his own communication consisting of mostly “pointing”, “clapping when happy”, or “thumbs up”, etc.
Maurice goes to school all day in an adapted learning environment and then is taken care of at home. He likes giving “hi-five”, and “blowing kisses” when he is happy and he is truly an inspiration to all who meet him. Even after everything Maurice has been through he has never given up hope and he keeps going and trying no matter what obstacles come in his way.
Maurice’s story shows you that you should never give up fighting and believing in yourself, and that even through great tragedy can come good. Let Maurice’s story inspire you to follow your dreams and never give up.
We here at the Maurice Lamkin Jr. Brain Injury Foundation strive to create happy memories for children living with traumatic and acquired brain injuries. We know how the child and family are all impacted by these life changing injuries. It is our mission to help improve the lives of children and their families impacted by this through our wish granting.