Juan Diego High School student Pete Benda suffered a traumatic brain torsion injury while changing out a lamp at his school’s theater in Draper, Utah. At a height of approximately 30 feet, the lift Pete was in fell over causing Pete to crash onto the stage head-first. According to mayoclinic.org, a traumatic brain injury like Pete’s can result in seizures, slurred speech, comas, or even death. Pete, however, had other plans.
With Pete’s parents literally and figuratively by his side every step of the way, he began working with a team of therapists who were committed to staying positive on his path to recovery. The therapists instituted a “when he recovers” mentality versus an “if he recovers” one. Pete could hear everything. He listened. He believed.
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