After a few weeks, Brendon was transferred to Glen Cove Hospital for rehabilitation.
“When I got to Glen Cove Hospital, things didn’t look so good at my preliminary evaluation,” Brendon said. “I wasn’t really responding well. I was having trouble moving and answering their questions.” He distinctly remembers the doctors saying that it might take him one to two years to recover full motor and speech functions.
“I decided then and there that it wasn’t going to take that long,” he said. “I have a son. I have a job I love. I was determined to work hard and get back to my life as soon as possible.”
Sarah Khan, DO, a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician at Glen Cove Hospital, said it was clear that Brendon was dedicated to making a full recovery. While his youth, health and physical fitness level before the accident were helpful during rehab, he was fortunate to respond to therapy as well as he did. Within the first week of rehab, Brendon made a lot of progress—he was talking, knew where he was and could follow commands consistently. He had also regained good strength in his limbs.
Brendon was able to go home in a few months. In May, just five months after his accident, he was cleared to drive and return to work at the fire station. Brendon credits the entire team of doctors, nurses and specialists for helping him progress so quickly.
“The staff really worked with me. They encouraged me every step of the way so I could reach my goals,” Brendon said.
“It’s just amazing to me how far he’s come,” Brendon’s mother, Coleen McCarthy, explained. “The therapists and medical and nursing staff were outstanding. It made a huge difference in my son’s recovery. What he’s accomplished is nothing short of amazing.”
Brendon is thrilled to be back living his life with his family.
“I’m still working on my recovery, and it’s going to be a long road, but I’m a lot further along than where I was,” he said. “And I can thank the attentive, experienced professionals at Southside Hospital and Glen Cove Hospital for helping me get there.”