Brigid Cooleen suffered a brain hemorrhage on April 25, 2013. She spent six weeks in the specialty care unit at Maine Medical Center, emerging from a coma and improving enough to move to Spaulding Hospital for Continuing Medical Care North Shore in Salem, MA on June 4th. After a brief stay at Mass General Hospital, Brigid moved to Spaulding Rehabilitation in Boston the first week of July and is currently receiving Speech, Physical and Occupational therapies. She continues to make progress in all areas. She communicates with smiles, thumbs-up, hand squeezes, blinks, pointing to objects, and some writing. When she first woke up she wrote “B” and then “what happened.” She is very aware of what is going on around her.
It is still unclear what the depth of her rehabilitation will be as the doctors are still not able to fully assess the extent of her brain injury. Brigid has a long road ahead of her, but knowing her strength and determination, along with her amazing family’s love and support, she will get there. Along with her parents, Liz and Paul, Brigid has an older brother Jack who just completed his freshman year at Tufts University, and a twin sister Katie, who will be a freshman at Northeastern University in the Fall. And, of course, her sweet dog, Eddie.