Brain Injury Survivor Forges on in Fight for Recovery

(The State Journal-Register) – A lot of people may not give a second thought to giving a firm handshake or running a 5k race. Rob Plaskas does.

It has been 25 years since the 43-year-old Plaskas, who lives in Springfield and works for the Illinois House Republican staff, went through life-altering brain surgery as a high school junior.

Near the end of the operation, Plaskas suffered a brain hemorrhage, the equivalent of a major stroke that paralyzed his right side and his speech. Some quick thinking by the surgeon saved Plaskas’ life.

Plaskas said it took physical and emotional determination to get where he’s at today. CONTINUE