An accident took my brother’s life, but Bronson saved mine

Ricky Robbins, Bronson Employee

I have been both a patient of and staff member in the TCU at Bronson.

Back in 2002, I was a senior in high school. I was teaching a trombone lesson to a 6th grader after school. My kid brother, Cody, was taking xylophone lessons at the same time. An ice storm had begun about the same time. Lessons over, we headed home.

Black ice on back country roads spelled disaster for my brother and I. My car slid into a ditch where a tree stump was conveniently located. My tiny car flipped over and wrapped around a tree. My brother was killed instantly, and I was barely hanging on to life.

After prolonged extrication, I was air lifted to BMH T&EC. I was in the TCU at BMH for over a month, most of the time in a coma. I then had 10 weeks of intense inpatient rehab at Bronson Vicksburg Hospital.

I needed a total of 20 weeks of inpatient rehab before I could be discharged home with outpatient therapy. I went on to get my bachelor’s degree, get married and have kids. I am #BRONSONPROUD as a patient and even more #BRONSONPROUD as an employee of the BMH Trauma/Burn Unit.

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