Marathon traces man’s road to recovery from brain injury
A Winnipeg woman took a group of runners back in time Friday to raise awareness about a cause close to her heart.
Three years ago, Mandi Jacobson’s husband David fell from a ladder at work and suffered a severe brain injury. He slipped into a coma and doctors had to perform emergency surgery on his brain.
“They took out the size of a quarter of his brain, because there was so much bleeding and damage. And then he had to learn how to walk, talk, eat, everything again,” she said.
After a long recovery, she’s started a full marathon around Winnipeg explaining her husband’s journey – which started on St. Mary’s road, where David fell to the pavement.
The run - called “David’s Journey” - led the group past the site where David fell, to Riverview Health Centre, where he started his rehabilitation.
It was Mandi’s idea to raise awareness for people living with brain injuries.
She has raised $3,000, and David said he could not be more thankful and proud.
“I love her so much, and you know, without her, I wouldn’t have my beautiful son, I wouldn’t have recovered like this, I could have been worse,” he said.
However, after a lot of hard work, David is now running and walking in the marathon that highlights his journey to recovery.
“I couldn’t ask for more, I’m very thankful for where I’ve come over the years,” he said.