Brian “B Money” Murkinson
Brian was seven years old when he acquired a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in a car accident. His was a severe TBI, requiring him to be airlifted from the scene of the crash to a trauma center 50 miles away and have emergency surgery upon arrival to remove a massive hematoma (bleed) on the right side of his brain. He was admitted to the PICU and his chances of surviving more than 72 hours were poor. A team of neurologists, trauma pediatric doctors, and neurosurgeons all expected the injuries to be fatal. After two weeks in the PICU with little signs of hope, the team had an MRI conducted which showed what they thought was irreversible brain damage especially to the brain stem. He was removed from life support and admitted to hospice on December 17, 2011. His older brother Ben, who was only 10 at the time, never believed the doctors’ predictions and asked everyone to pray for a Christmas miracle. Two days later, Brian woke up from his coma. He returned to the PICU, astonishing the medical professionals who had never before seen anything like it. Ten days later, he was admitted to the CIRU at Scottish Rite for rehabilitation and was a patient there for 30 days. He went through 3 months of further rehab and was able to start 2nd grade that August, only 9 months after the accident! He regained his ability to speak, eat, walk, play, dress, and bathe himself. Beyond that, he has been a member of a Cub Scout troop and soccer, baseball, and basketball teams during this period. He has climbed up AND back down Stone Mountain. Most incredibly, Brian’s tragic accident has not dampened his spirit or made him bitter or angry. Instead, he has become the most open, happy and outgoing child. He loves to make other people happy and he frequently reminds others to be more willing to give a compliment, a smile or just make a human connection, in a world where we all have become more and more isolated from each other.