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Our 25-year-old friend, Andrew Gallup, was in a devastating motor vehicle accident on April 18, 2015. As he was riding his scooter home, a car coming from the opposite direction turned into Andrew’s path. Unfortunately, the driver who hit Andrew had very little insurance. Andrew was severely injured in the accident and suffered a severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). After more than three months in trauma centers and rehabilitation hospitals, he was air ambulanced back to his parent’s home in Olney, MD.

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January 19, 2018

There is no news yet on the reinstatement of nursing. We continue to work hard on the application for a Medicaid Waiver that will get his nursing and nursing assistance turned back on. Until then we are holding our breath.

This past week Andrew had some good alertness with his speech therapist where he recited the days of the week loud enough and clear enough to be understood – so progress there. One of his PT/OT sessions was really good also – he stood in the power lifter and (with some assistance) took several steps. We will continue to work on leg strengthening and encourage this. I’ve attached a video of his speech or you can see it here:

Prayers please for a positive outcome on his Brain Injury Waiver application.

November 21, 2017

Update for November 17, 2017
Journal entry by Tom Gallup — 11/17/2017

Some very interesting and exciting progress this week as Andrew has responded more to his therapists! In speech he has demonstrated he can “hit a switch” consistently so we have ordered a large bluetooth switch that can act as a kind of mouse to coordinate with an ipad that we have clamped onto his wheelchair. Hopefully he will be capable of working with some great new communication software that our speech therapist has downloaded.

And today Andrew had a good time curling up with his dog Lokie on the new, extra-wide workout mat we have set up. But more importantly he made it clear he wanted to sit up before we asked him and started to on his own. Then he made it clear he wanted to stand. And he did – his best efforts yet. No sling just holding onto the stander’s control bar. Usually he is very hunched over when standing on his own, but today he made great efforts at straightening up.

So we are really looking forward to keeping this momentum going!!

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January 21, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Andrew as the New Year approaches. Hopefully, 2017 will bring hope and improvement in Andrew's condition.

Rich and Muriel Owens

December 9, 2015

Suzanne, Tom and Andrew, The video on Caringbridge is wonderful!!! So glad to hear the Ambien is helping to draw Andrew out. YOu all continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Our love, Jud, Kathy and TJ

Kathy Hill

December 2, 2015

Prayers continue for Andrews full recovery.

Love, The Mullings Family

December 2, 2015

Ed and I will be praying for more good news and progress. Praying for peace and encouragement to your family.

Ed and Marlene Groth