“I’m now a completely different person.”
At the age of 18, Devan Curet would become one of Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital’s oldest patients. After surviving a horrific head-on collision, Devan was lucky to be alive. He was immediately taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center and then spent six long weeks in intensive care.
The Ellicott City native had lost his left leg and broke the right along with both arms and pelvis; he’d suffered an injury to his brain, damage to his liver and spleen, and had gaping wounds; he couldn’t eat, walk or sit on his own and was in immense pain throughout his recovery.
When he awoke after the crash, an entire month had passed. His real journey had just begun.
A gifted athlete, Devan arrived to MWPH with an unmistakable spirit of strength in the midst of adversity. Caregivers remember that he never complained during months of grueling rehab and wound care but, rather, demonstrated remarkable grit, determination and perseverance – and always with his trademark sense of humor and spirit of positivity.
During his 120 days as a patient, the teen would become a mentor to the younger patients around him and an inspiration to many.
Today, Devan walks with the use of a prosthetic limb; he aspires to become an Occupational Therapist; and he is actively involved in a wheelchair basketball program that meets weekly and competes nationally.
When looking for rehab facilities, the family considered several. Devan loved the fact that MWPH “wasn’t going to isolate me from the rest of the population.”
“That seems like a lifetime ago,” he says. “I’m now a completely different person.”
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