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by George Malik on 04/11/13 at 10:35 AM ET
Via RedWingsFeed, this is the kind of stuff that gets me a little teary-eyed: Vladimir Konstantinov is still "in there" despite suffering a severe traumatic brain injury sixteen years ago, and the Livonia Observer's Ken Abramczyk reports that Konstantinov spends most of his week continuing to recover from his injuries at the Recovery Project in Livonia, MI. I can't quote the whole article, but Konstantinov's mobility continues to improve, and, most importantly, so does his cognitive functioning, even if it's only a little bit at a time:
Konstantinov has developed a level of acceptance for what has happened, Swingle said. “He enjoys watching hockey,” Swingle said. He attends occasional games and visits with players. He enjoys going to restaurants with family and friends. “He knows what is going on,” Swingle said. “He definitely keeps up. The quality of his life has tremendously improved. He can walk by himself.”
After discussion of his recovery, here's...Well, the heartwarming part:
Konstantinov has completed his exercises that day and Drake is massaging him when Swingle, a reporter and photographer walk up to him. Swingle asked him how he is doing. “Good,” said Konstantinov. He said he is doing much better as he continues therapy throughout the years. He smiles and jokes with Swingle that he wants to play Uno. “I'm doing good,” he said.
She asked him whose fault it is if the Wings lose, Konstantinov, a defenseman, jokes that it's the forwards who are to blame, then he smiles again at his joke.
His mood is pleasant. It's been a difficult road, Swingle said, but Konstantinov still works on staying in shape and recovering to the best of his ability.
He shakes the visitors' hands as he gets up to leave. “Where are you guys going?” Swingle asked. “Lunch,” Konstantinov said, as he and his caretaker walk out of the building.
Continued, and the rest of the article's obviously more than worth your time.
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