(Hackensack Meridian Health) – At age 25, Michael Segarra landed in the hospital with a blood infection, expecting a short stay. But his heightened blood pressure caused a rupture in an arteriovenous malformation (AVM)—basically, a ticking time bomb in his brain. He was quickly transferred to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, where emergency surgery saved his life.
But the aftermath of his brain injury was severe: Michael could not talk, walk, eat or even breathe on his own. His parents, Luis and Barbara, feared for their son’s future. CONTINUE