Hurley trauma patient turned RN is Hurley’s 2010 Trauma Golf Ambassador

— Tim Hubbard’s life changed dramatically on Jan. 6, 2002.

Tim, his brother Todd and his father were working on their stalled truck on rural South Baldwin Road in Oakland County when a car going 60 mph lost control and struck Tim and his brother, propelling them into the air and leaving them both critically injured. Tim’s brother suffered leg and femur fractures and was partially scalped in the accident. Tim was thrown 40 feet before landing on his head and neck, unconscious.

Tim was taken to Lapeer Hospital before being transported to Hurley’s Level I Trauma Center with a closed head injury and incomplete spinal chord injury. His left leg was nearly severed. But, thanks to Hurley’s Trauma Team, he survived.

Eleven days after the accident he awoke in the Hurley NeuroTrauma Unit, paralyzed from the waist down. After a month of intensive care, he was transferred to the inpatient rehab unit to begin the challenging task of regaining control of his body and his life. Following discharge, Tim moved from a wheelchair to a walker and, today, Tim walks independently with no limitations from this nearly fatal accident.

Tim continued his rehab at Hurley’s Rehabilitation Services at Longway Boulevard in Flint for three long years.

“I knew I wanted to go into nursing because of the exceptional care and support my family and I received when I was a patient,” said Tim. “I knew there was only one place I wanted to be a nurse — at Hurley. They saved my life, and now I am able to care for patients the same way I was cared for seven years ago, and in the same unit. Today, I have a second chance of life. And, it’s all because of Hurley.”

On Sept. 13, the Hurley Foundation will hold its 26th Annual Trauma Center Golf Classic at the Flint Golf Club to benefit Hurley’s Trauma Center and Burn Unit at Hurley Medical Center – the region’s only Level I Trauma Center. This year, Tim Hubbard, RN, BSN, serves as the the guest of honor during the benefit’s evening portion.

Hurley’s Trauma Center admits more than 1,700 patients annually, making it one of the highest volume trauma centers in the state. Hurley serves 22 counties, receiving up to 300 transfers from other hospitals each year. Last year, the Golf Classic raised more than $120,000 and aims to surpass that figure this year.

For ticket and donation information, call 810-262-9399. — G.G.

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