For Jennifer Tompkins – life took an unexpected turn.
It was an icy afternoon when the police walked up to the Tompkins’ home. Their only daughter was in a severe car accident and was in the trauma unit. Jenn was just a month shy of her 22nd birthday and a recent college graduate with a bright future ahead – but the accident left her with a severe brain injury, unable to speak or walk, and fighting for her life.
Jenn and her family knew they needed the right supports and treatments to help her overcome such devastating injuries. The recovery came slow, but steady.
Nine months after the accident, her journey began at Bancroft NeuroRehab. An integrated team of experts worked together to create an individualized plan of intensive physical, cognitive, occupational, speech and psychological therapies that began Jenn’s rehabilitation. Her progress over the next three years – learning to talk, walk and socialize – came with great effort, and the continued support of her family the whole way.
Her goal: Returning to competitive employment.
In 2017, less than five years after her accident, Jenn was welcomed back to Title Resource Group, the mortgage and insurance brokerage in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, where she worked before the crash. Too young and too determined to let her injury define her future, Jenn has reclaimed much of the life she had before her accident. Her recovery is proof that progress is possible after a traumatic brain injury. No matter how far the climb, the right support can mean all the difference.