After three weeks in a coma, David was moved to a long-term acute care facility for one month, and then spent three months in a rehabilitation facility.
At that point, medical providers felt his improvement had plateaued and his care could be managed at home in Plainfield, where he lives with his wife, Rita, and daughter, Marisa.After
David’s discharge from the rehabilitation facility, he began a regular exercise routine.
In 2016, the family was referred to Dr. Yonghua Michael Zhang, neurologist with the Edward Neurosciences Institute.Due to his right-side paralysis, David was not mobile.
He had trouble communicating and severe muscle tightness and spasms were inhibiting his movement. In order to relax impacted muscle groups,
Zhang developed a treatment plan that involved administering Botox injections with electromyography (EMG) guidance.
9Above, David Brongiel, 49, of Plainfield, meets with Dr. Yonghua Michael Zhang, a neurologist with the Edward Neurosciences Institute. Dr. Zhang uses Botox injections to treat Brongiel’s severe muscle tightness and spasms caused by a traumatic brain injury he suffered in 2013).