Fort Worth, Texas,
07
January
2015
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11:20 PM
America/Chicago

Tre's story

The difference Rehabilitation Services has made in his life

The fact that her son, Tre, is still with her, leaves Jennifer Faulkner with only one conclusion: a miracle occurred to keep him alive.

Now she prays for Tre’s caregivers to make her son all better.

Tre, who is 9 years old, has been seen by the Rehabilitation Services team at Cook Children’s since his parents adopted him as an infant. Most of those issues centered on his articulation skills. Tre’s history with Rehabilitation Services started with audiology and other physician specialists; speech therapy services began at 7 years old working on articulation skills. 

Then about 15 months ago, Sara Adams, Tre’s speech pathologist, received a call from Jennifer to say her work with him would have to go on hold indefinitely.

Tre was involved in a horrible boating accident. He sustained a head injury and was in a coma at another hospital. But the miracle for the Faulkner family occurred and within two weeks, Tre was up and walking.

After his accident, Tre returned to therapy at Cook Children's Urgent Care and Pediatric Specialties – Mansfield and worked with Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Speech Therapy to regain skills that were lost after his brain injury.

A year later, much of Tre’s care takes place at the Cook Children’s Rehabilitation Services at Mansfield. The focus is on Tre’s short-term memory loss and his severe ADHD, as a result of the injury.

“God has blessed us so much,” Jennifer said. “The Mansfield community has been with us since the beginning, I’m so thankful. I’m also thankful for the amazing care Tre has received since his injury. At Mansfield, Tre has really been helped in many ways, through his physical, occupational and speech therapy. They have helped him so much with his memory and his balance. It’s truly been miraculous.”

The rehab at Mansfield is working for Tre. Academically, Tre’s test scores are in the average range for a child his age. His mom says he’s learning and making strides every day.

And Tre’s doing very well physically. He recently received his gold belt in karate. Makes sense for a kid who has proven time and time again how tough he is.

“The progress Tre has made since his accident is truly remarkable,” Adams said. “Tre still has some struggles with his attention and memory that impact him every day. However, he continues to improve and learn how to work through these struggles. Tre’s sense of humor, determination, and supportive family are his greatest strengths. Tre is such a funny kid! He loves to tell jokes and riddles. One of his favorite jokes is: ‘Why don’t ducks tell jokes when they are flying? … They might quack up!’”

To see how far Tre’s come since his injury it’s hard not to smile at the miracle that’s occurred and the occasional duck joke.

For more information

At Cook Children's, we provide more than 60 pediatric medical and specialty clinic offices throughout Texas. Thanks to our skilled group of clinicians who support the leading-edge technology found among our specialty services, Cook Children's is the destination when it comes to taking care of your children.

Cook Children's Urgent Care and Pediatric Specialties - Mansfield is located at:

801 Matlock Road

Mansfield, TX - 76063

To make an appointment, call 817-347-8400.

Specialty services at Mansfield inlcude:

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