Owen makes great progress, thanks to multidisciplinary team at Children’s
Over the course of a year, Owen Johnson had to endure a lot to get back to the point where he was charming teachers with his upbeat personality. It all started on July 1, 2011, when Owen, then age 3, and his family were rear-ended while waiting at a stoplight in north Georgia.
Owen’s spine was severed in the impact. But at Erlanger Medical Center in Tennessee, his family’s first concern was Owen’s head, which had significant hemorrhaging.
“For the first four or five days, we didn’t even know he had a spinal cord injury,” said Owen’s father, David. “We weren’t looking at his spine, just his brain.”
In addition to a severed spinal cord, Owen had hydrocephalus and a fracture of the right femur. His spinal cord injury left Owen a quadriplegic and with chronic respiratory failure.
After Owen left the intensive care unit, David visited Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and met with a board-certified pediatric physiatrist there.