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Skiing With TBI and Paralysis

Jeff Parelli Dropping Into A Run | Photo Courtesy Of Michael Parelli
Photo courtesy of Michael Parelli.
One man's determination to ski again after a paralyzing car crash.

When a car accident damaged Jeff Parelli’s brain, it rendered the once-avid skier paralyzed on his left side. The Pennsylvania stockbroker lost his job, his mobility, and the ability to count and read.

In the weeks following the 2007 accident, he struggled to speak, eat, dress, and even comprehend why he was in a rehab facility, the John Hines Institute of Rehabilitation in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. “With brain damage, you really do not know who you are,” he says. “You look at a mirror and don’t really know much of anything and you don’t understand the extent of your injuries.”

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