CHARLESTON — Gina Giberson’s neurologist had a look of amazement during a recent appointment, said Gene Giberson about his daughter.
“This girl was ready to be pronounced dead a few months ago and now she is walking around and doing really well,” Giberson said.
Giberson, a Sullivan resident, said the appointment prompted his daughter to visit Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana for the first time since she was transferred in mid-December to a local physical rehabilitation facility.
She was hospitalized in critical condition after being violently attacked on Oct. 16 in her Charleston home. Gina Giberson was in a coma during her first two weeks at Carle.
Jason A. Abernathy, 33, has been charged with aggravated domestic battery in regard to the Oct. 16 incident. Court testimony indicated doctors at Carle said Gina Giberson suffered more than a dozen contusions to her brain because of “multiple blunt-force blows to the head.”
The neurologist at Carle determined the bruises on Gina Giberson’s brain are now gone and that will help with her recovery, Gene Giberson said.
“We were happy about that,” Giberson said.
Giberson said his daughter still has memory loss to a certain extent but she has been remembering a lot of information from her life.
Although she needs to use a walker right now, Giberson said his daughter should be able to permanently leave behind the walker in the near future. She regularly walks with the assistance of family or staff members through the halls of the rehabilitation center, and walks without anyone’s assistance within her room.
Giberson said his daughter’s rehabilitation includes strength training so she can walk on stairs and other uneven surfaces, as well as exercises designed to improve her memory so she can handle cooking and other household chores. He said the goal is for her to get back into a home of her own, or at least be able to stay with family in the meantime.
“She has really come a long way for sure,” Giberson said.
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