Two Stories of TBI Spark Hope for New Recovery Center

Luke Seigel

(KXAN) — Two separate Texas foundations — sparked after two separate life-altering stories of traumatic brain injury — merged together this January in an effort to give Texas families more support.

In 2008, J.D. Hartman suffered an anoxic brain injury when he was 11 years old, nearly drowning in a family hot tub. The Austin non-profit Hope 4 Minds began to support his family and others with loved ones who have severe brain injuries. Since his injury, Hartman has begun talking and singing again. He’s made great strides but is still working to regain his mobility.

“His family quickly realized there was a lack of resources and support for families so they didn’t want any other family to go through what they had been through,” said Ronda Johnson. CONTINUE