Jacob Jackson’s life changed forever five years ago. He was in a near-fatal motorcycle accident and was in a coma for five weeks at Community Regional Medical Center. Today, he is living a life filled with gratitude.
Jacob returns to say thank you to registered nurse Corry Bennink every year.
It’s still an incredibly emotional reunion for Jacob to see one of his care givers, five years after his traumatic motorcycle crash.
“That was the best day, and the worst day of my life,” cried Jacob. “Best day because it knocked sense into me. Worst day because it put so much hurt, on those people.”
Jacob said he was leaving a friends house on his motorcycle. He drove off without his helmet because he said he was just making a quick trip to the store.
He stated, “When I was riding back, I wrecked. I was told I was going fast, over 90 miles an hour.”
Jacob hit a pothole and suffered multiple life threatening injuries, including two collapsed lungs, two broken ribs, a broken vertebra, a shattered eye socket, and he had major head trauma.
“I shouldn’t be alive, but I am, for some reason. Maybe this reasons, maybe the reason is just to help give back, help others, because I sure didn’t do that before,” said Jacob.
While at the level one trauma center at Community Regional, Jacob was slowly nursed back to life. He was in a coma for five weeks and spent a total of 89 days in the hospital. Then, he rehabbed at the Leon S. Peters Rehabilitation Center.
Corry Bennink is a registered nurse and clinical nurse educator. He said, “The reason I got into trauma is to help people that have been in unfortunate accidents, whether it was from their own mistakes or just unfortunate circumstances and get them back to their daily lives.”
Jacob is incredibly grateful for all of the remarkable care he received, but especially by Corry. Corry said Jacob couldn’t walk, and it was not an easy recovery process.
“What steps can we make to give him the best chance for success and to get out of the hospital and back to his family,” stated Corry.
Jacob’s father, Jeff Jackson, remembers the first time corry responded to sound, weeks after his accident.
Jeff explained, “And I said, ‘Okay, I’m leaving, so give me a kiss, you gotta give me a kiss goodbye’. I kissed him goodbye every time and he puckered up his lips. And then Corry goes, ‘Okay you have to do that again so he can actually see it’. So, and he did, he puckered up his lips.”
“The most significant thing is right before he (Jacob) left the ICU and he went from sort of this blank stare of not recognizing anybody to starting to follow commands and recognize family,” commented Corry.
It was in the Leon S. Peters Rehabilitation Center where Jacob learned to walk, talk, process his thoughts, and be independent again.
Jacob’s mother Amy Jackson said, “He’s able to work, he’s able to drive, he’s able to care for himself, and I think most people, you don’t realize, we take it for granted what we do and you see what he’s gone through.”
Now with his second chance at life, Jacob said he wouldn’t be living and thriving today without the support from his parents and Corry.
“I’m so happy, appreciative for them to help me try and get back to who I was. God gave me another life to live,” ended Jacob.
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