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Patient Eric Vincent and His Parents Talk About the Power of Positivity


College sophomore Eric Vincent was snowboarding when he took a near-fatal fall that sent him to intensive care in Fletcher Allen for three weeks. He overshot the landing off one of the biggest jumps on the mountain, landing on his side on flat ground from 30 feet in the air. It was the equivalent of being hit by a bus traveling 30 miles per hour, doctors said.

As Vermont's Level 1 trauma center, our team was able to give Eric the emergency care he needed immediately...


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  • Fletcher Allen
  • Eric in Action
  • University of Vermont
  • Post-Recovery Reflections

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Eric’s Timeline

January 21, 2009: Arrives at Fletcher Allen in critical condition after snowboarding accident

January 22, 2009:  Upgraded to stable condition by Fletcher Allen’s trauma team who have stabilized the trauma to the brain

January 24 2009:  Awakens from coma to see family and friends who have not left his side

January 26, 2009:  Shows excellent progress in moving hands and feet, and opening eyes on command

February 9, 2009: Breathes on his own for the first time without a ventilator

February 12, 2009: Out of ICU and can walk with assistance for short periods of time

February 15, 2009: Discharged from hospital to begin three-hour daily physical therapy with the Fletcher Allen Rehab Team
February 22, 2009:  Regains hand-eye balance and picks up a guitar to play for his nurses and care team  

April 2, 2009: Back home to Rhode Island, the end of therapy is near

August 2009:  Moves to Vermont for college with a full-course load and a major in Communications

January 21, 2010:  One year later has made a full recovery, actively performing and back to the mountain snowboarding and living life