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TBI in the News - featured December 6, 2010

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[Source CBS New York]

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — A teenage boy suffered a serious brain injury seven years ago in an accident on New Jersey’s Route 79. Now he’s helping other young people going through similar traumas. It’s his way of giving back, Dr. Max Gomez reports.

Rehab Counselor Matthew Peltz is back at Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Jersey. He was once a patient, but now he works there. “I’ve never been happier than when I’m helping patients and I see myself in each and every one of the patients I help on a daily basis,” he said.

Matthew was hit by a van when he was 16-years-old. He was in a coma for weeks with a traumatic brain injury. He went from being a star athlete and student to re-learning how to walk, talk and and eat on his own.

Now 23 and a graduate of Penn State University, Matthew works as a rehabilitation aide. He helps kids who are going through what he did.

“He’s just a very happy and inspiring person,” said 14-years-old Leighton Heisey.

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