In 2013, Megan was on a long bike ride, training for a triathlon, when she suddenly hit a bump and was thrown from her bike. The impact of the landing shattered her helmet, collarbone, ribs, and skull, and caused her brain to bounce from the back of her skull to the front. She has no memory of arriving at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH), where she was placed in a medically induced coma and stayed in the ICU for ten days. Doctors had to remove part of her skull to alleviate the swelling in her brain. Megan is thankful she had Dr. Khalid Aziz by her side the whole time.
“He explained every step to my family and kept everyone calm and informed. This was such a tragic experience for them, but they shared everything. There’s so much unknown with a traumatic brain injury, but he could tell us from his medical knowledge what all the possible outcomes could be. That communication was important; it gave my family as much ease as possible. ”
Megan underwent several surgeries to rebuild her head and collarbone, suffered seizures, had to re-learn how to talk, swallow, and walk, and has worked hard through years of therapy to regain her strength. Earlier this year, 1,427 days after her accident, Megan swam 2.4 miles in the Atlantic Ocean near Turks and Caicos in the Race for the Conch Eco-Seaswim, where she placed second and raised over $8,000 for the Allegheny Health Network Neuroscience Institute. She now volunteers at AGH, working with patients who are just beginning their treatment for traumatic brain injury, as a way to give back. #LivingProof