Biancia and John Tate
are trying to start 'Brain Injury Network,' a nonprofit corporation to provide help in the community for people with brain injuries.John
suffered a brain injury in 1992.
In November 1992, the Tates were two weeks from celebrating their first wedding anniversary when John Tate
developed a life-threatening problem in a network of blood vessels within the brain.The surgical procedure he
underwent at the University of Virginia Medical Center didn,t work.And John Tate
had what he
called ,a bad brain bleed.,
The result was a traumatic brain injury and two-and-a-half months in a coma.
,It is such a terrifying world,, said Biancia Tate. ,You,re hearing all these big terms like intra-cerebral hemorrhage, subarachnoid space, cardiovascular accident,, she
said. ,And you see your person in a coma.You see all these tubes, all this equipment, but you don,t know what it means.,John Tate
was in and out of intensive care and transferred to several hospitals before coming home.
,The problem was when we came home - there were no services, period, to help us deal with the trauma we had been through and to help us learn to live with brain injury,, said Biancia Tate.
They now want to establish ,Brain Injury Network,, what they hope will be a nonprofit corporation.Its first service will be case management - a team dedicated to finding services and solving problems in the community for families and patients.Before Tate,s traumatic brain injury, Biancia Tate was a social worker and John Tate served as a supervisor at a correctional facility in Buckingham.
injury, neither could work - he
because of the brain damage, and she
was taking care of him.
They could not afford to continue insurance and lived on Social Security income. ,We didn,t have his
retirement at this point,, said Biancia Tate. ,All we could do was wait on Medicare.,
and Biancia Tate don,t want to travel long distances to get what they feel should be available locally.
,We live in Bedford now,, said Tate. ,It,s unbelievable the need we see.,Specialized counseling, and neuropsychological evaluation just aren,t available, said Tate, who,s now in the process of forming a board to establish Brain Injury Network and hoping to get professionals on the board as well as patients and families.
The Tates work continuously on the project, and were recently in contact with people from Washington, D.C., where a new population of brain-injured patients are being seen, she
said, coming back from Iraq.