How Gilbert’s Stroke Could Harness Change for the Better


Brian Livinggood

(Crain’s Detroit Business) – When Detroit business tycoon Dan Gilbert described his new daily reality after suffering a debilitating stroke, I immediately thought of my brother, Brian, while I sat in the Quicken Loans chairman’s Detroit office.

Brian, who is 16 months younger than me, suffered a catastrophic brain injury from a freak electrocution accident, leaving him trapped in his own body at age 20 — and probably for the rest of his life.

For almost 16 years, Brian has required around-the-clock care for everything Gilbert said has became hard for him to do after a blood clot in his carotid artery cut off blood flow to his brain, causing paralysis on the left side of his body. CONTINUE