Woodbridge Teen Beating the Odds after Horrific Car Accident

Posted on Mar 27, 2018 in Uncategorized

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Dominic Jimenez is learning how to walk up the stairs, how to count money and tell time. These are all tasks he completed with ease back in November before the teen was involved in a horrific car accident.

Dominic Jimenez works with Speech Therapist Rebeca Boroica during a therapy session Monday at Sutter Rehabilitation Institute.

The Woodbridge 18-year-old is being discharged on Wednesday after spending seven weeks at Sutter Rehabilitation Institute (SRI) in Roseville. Jimenez has a long road to complete recovery, but with a positive attitude and supportive family and friends by his side, everyone is optimistic.

Jimenez suffered a severe, traumatic brain injury when the car he was riding in spun out of control and crashed into a pole in Lodi on a wet November evening. He was brought to San Joaquin General Hospital where he sat in a coma for three weeks. He underwent a craniectomy and a craniotomy to relieve pressure on his brain as well as a cranioplasty surgery.

The family was told that due to the extent of Dominic’s head injury that he wouldn’t likely survive his initial operation.

“He is truly a miracle,” said Raymond Jimenez, Dominic’s father.

Once he came out of the coma, Jimenez transferred to CareMeridian subacute care facility in Elk Grove where he received treatment for one month.

Jimenez progressed so well at CareMeridian that he was brought to Sutter Rehabilitation Institute on Feb. 6 to continue intense therapy. In addition to doctors and nurses, his team of care providers includes physical therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, neuropsychologists who have all played an instrumental role in his recovery.

Dominic Jimenez gets help climbing the stairs at Sutter Rehabilitation Institute from Occupational Therapist Heather Zimmerman and Physical Therapist Tosin Okon on Tuesday at Sutter Rehabilitation Institute.

“He has the dream team,” said Raymond. “They have done so much for him. The staff and therapists are amazing.”

Dominic is one of the youngest patients to receive treatment at SRI since the facility opened in 2008. He also has recorded one of the longest lengths of stay at the facility.

Jimenez, a senior at Ben Holt College Prep Academy in Stockton, possesses a strong sense of humor and has been a pleasure for the SRI staff to have around. Jimenez will continue outpatient rehab at SRI three days a week.

“Dominic has an outstanding family that will help his recovery process,” said David Spangler, PhD, neuropsychologist, SRI. “He has managed his emotions really well while he’s been in our care and that’s very impressive. If he can maintain his positive attitude through this next phase of recovery, he will be on a good path.”

A YouCaring fundraiser was set up by family and friends and can be accessed via the link.

ROSEVILLE – Dominic Jimenez is learning how to walk up the stairs, how to count money and tell time. These are all tasks he completed with ease back in November before the teen was involved in a horrific car accident.

Dominic Jimenez climbs the stairs at Sutter Rehabilitation Institute with help from Occupational Therapist Heather Zimmerman and Physical Therapist Tosin Okon.

The Woodbridge 18-year-old is being discharged on Wednesday after spending seven weeks at Sutter Rehabilitation Institute (SRI) in Roseville. Jimenez has a long road to complete recovery, but with a positive attitude and supportive family and friends by his side, everyone is optimistic.

Jimenez suffered a severe, traumatic brain injury when the car he was riding in spun out of control and crashed into a pole in Lodi on a wet November evening. He was brought to San Joaquin General Hospital where he sat in a coma for three weeks. He underwent a craniectomy and a craniotomy to relieve pressure on his brain as well as a cranioplasty surgery.

The family was told that due to the extent of Dominic’s head injury that he wouldn’t likely survive his initial operation.

“He is truly a miracle,” said Raymond Jimenez, Dominic’s father.

Once he came out of the coma, Jimenez transferred to CareMeridian subacute care facility in Elk Grove where he received treatment for one month.

Dominic Jimenez participates in a speech therapy session with Rebeca Boroica at Sutter Rehabilitation Institute.

Jimenez progressed so well at CareMeridian that he was brought to Sutter Rehabilitation Institute on Feb. 6 to continue intense therapy. In addition to doctors and nurses, his team of care providers includes physical therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, neuropsychologists who have all played an instrumental role in his recovery.

“He has the dream team,” said Raymond. “They have done so much for him. The staff and therapists are amazing.”

Dominic is one of the youngest patients to receive treatment at SRI since the facility opened in 2008. He also has recorded one of the longest lengths of stay at the facility.

Jimenez, a senior at Lodi High School, possesses a strong sense of humor and has been a pleasure for the SRI staff to have around. Jimenez will continue outpatient rehab at SRI three days a week.

“Dominic has an outstanding family that will help his recovery process,” said David Spangler, PhD, neuropsychologist, SRI. “He has managed his emotions really well while he’s been in our care and that’s very impressive. If he can maintain his positive attitude through this next phase of recovery, he will be on a good path.”

A YouCaring fundraiser was set up by family and friends and can be accessed via the link.

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