Matthew Leone Risked His Life But Says His Neurosurgeon Saved It.
Posted: October 07, 2013 by UI Health Marketing
"JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT IN JUNE OF 2010, I WAS HEADING HOME FROM MY TWIN BROTHER, NATHAN'S PLACE AND HEARD A WOMAN SCREAMING IN A WAY YOU ONLY HEAR IN MOVIES."
I ran across the street and threw myself at a guy who was simultaneously strangling and beating his wife. I managed to separate them and even to dial 911, but that's when he seriously turned his attention to me.
With a broken jaw, a broken nose and a fractured skull, I was taken to a
hospital that was unable to handle the operation needed. The ambulance rushed me to the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System, where Dr Neckrysh was poised to perform the surgery that prevented me from dying or going into a coma. He removed about a third of my skull to relieve the pressure of blood hemorrhaging from my brain.
It was 2 more surgeries to replace the skull. Maybe 6 months of exercising my brain all day long to regain memory, hearing, and the ability to think straight. Then, I could begin to recover the motor skills required to walk a half a block, then play an instrument, then, write a note of music.
The day I first regained consciousness, there was Dr Neckrysh: calm and assuring me that I was still the same person. He's charismatic, and his confidence is exactly what a go-ahead person like me needs to go ahead. Throughout the last 18 months, he's listened, responded, reacted and overseen my return to my wife, my brother, our music...our dream."
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