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Video: MI Police Officer Recovering From Brain Injury

August 22, 2017  | 

VIDEO: MI Police Officer Recovering From Brain Injury

Detective Sergeant Maureen Kennedy with the Michigan State University Police was in a car accident in January and suffered a concussion. The people who saved her life, she said, have been the doctors and physical therapists at the Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center.

"They gave my life back to me, piece by piece," she said. "They literally put me back together."

Kennedy was a passenger in a vehicle struck on her side by a driver who ran a red light. She suffers from post-concussion syndrome as a result of the crash. She's been on medical leave since.

Dizziness, headaches, and a skewed center of focus brought her to Origami in April.

More than anything, the 30-year veteran of MSU Police Department wants to get back to work.

"I didn't want to lose my career, and they gave it back to me," Kennedy said, referring to Origami staff.

Origami is a nonprofit that grew out of a partnership between Michigan State University and Peckham Inc. The center serves individuals with mild to severe brain injuries, with the majority of patients coming in for physical therapy a few days a week.

Kennedy is hoping to be back in uniform and working MSU football games by October.


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