‘Miracle’ Recovery for Michigan Teenager After Serious Brain Injury

Chris Ludeker

(13 On Your Side) — Chris Ludeker was at her home in Hillsdale, Michigan this past September when her Motherly instinct kicked in. “I just knew, I knew it was Josh and I immediately started calling him,” says Ludeker.

Her 18-year-old son Josh crashed his truck and was thrown from the vehicle. He had bleeding in his liver, spleen, suffered broken ribs and vertebrae, but worst of all was the traumatic brain injury.

After multiple surgeries, Josh was transferred to Mary Free Bed in Grand Rapids where he began working with a team of rehab therapists.

“He was unable to really hold his head up on his own, we had to hold his head up for him and hold it in a really specific place and he was non-verbal,” says Penny Adams a Therapist at Mary Free Bed. CONTINUE