One year after brain injury, Tenn football player Baylor Bramble: 'My faith gives me strength'

One year after brain injury, Tenn football player Baylor Bramble: 'My faith gives me strength'

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One year after brain injury, Tenn football player Baylor Bramble: 'My faith gives me strength'

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Sunday marked one year since Baylor Bramble, a 17-year-0ld football player at Siegel High (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) suffered severe head trauma in his first varsity start.

Bramble left the Stars’ Oct. 23, 2015, game at Warren County after complaining that his head hurt. Baylor was soon life-flighted to Vanderbilt Medical Center. He spent six months in a hospital or other medical facility and returned home in April.

The Brambles had their home modified for Baylor’s return home with a hospital room and bathroom where Baylor’s friends can spend time with him.

He watched his team play in person in the season opener in August, wearing his jersey as he watched from the sideline. He was scheduled to mark the anniversary by attending the game last Friday, against Warren County.

Baylor’s father, David, is an assistant pastor at Northside Baptist Church and has regularly provided updates. Here is a portion of his message to mark the anniversary, which ends with “God has a plan.”

So today marks the One Year Anniversary of Baylor’s injury. It’s difficult to explain all this day represents. On one hand, research suggests that recovery is very difficult/unlikely beyond the 1 year mark. On the other hand, medical knowledge also suggested that Baylor likely had hours to live (Nov. 2015), that if he survived he would be deaf (or at least unable to process audio), on a ventilator, have no memory, and no mental capacity. In addition we were told that neither Baylor, nor our family would have any quality of life.

So, while we could be hurting and upset that he is still not able to move, talk, or eat; we celebrate that he is home, he can hear our voice, he can see his family and friends, and he is communicating through an iPad.

And as far as that whole “quality of life” thing… Well, if you define quality of life by the impact that your life has on others, well I would say Baylor’s is hard to top. If you define the quality of parents’ life by the impact their children have on this earth and for the Kingdom; well then, ours is pretty hard to top as well.

As for a message from Baylor, as seen in the video piece above from Channel 4: “My faith gives me strength.”

Baylor Bramble visits the sideline to watch his teammates take on the Ravenwood Raptors for their season opener at Siegel High School Thursday Aug. 18, 2016, in Murfreesboro, Tenn. George Walker IV / The Tennessean

Baylor Bramble visits the sideline in August (Photo: George Walker IV, The Tennessean)

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