Impact of Philanthropy - Chris Chang
"The process could have overwhelmed me, but the staff’s amazing skill and compassion still sticks with me today.” —Chris Chang
A Long Road to Recovery
Riding your bicycle on the streets of San Francisco without a helmet is a risky proposition. But riding without a helmet or back brakes? That’s foolhardy. “I was pretty cocky back then,” admits Chris Chang, “and I paid for it, big time.”
Chris was riding down Post Street on his way to work one morning about a year ago when a vehicle in front of him suddenly stopped. He reacted instantly, grabbing both brake handles as hard as he could. But with his rear brakes out, only his front wheel stopped and he was catapulted forward, smashing face first into the back of the car. He collapsed to the concrete, cracking his skull and suffering a traumatic brain injury.
After being stabilized at another hospital, Chris’ family insisted that he be transferred to CPMC' for what was certain to be a complicated recovery. Many key elements of Chris’ recovery program took place at CPMC's Neurosciences Institute, in the Archibald/Ehrenberg Rehabilitation Terrain Park, which was built almost entirely with philanthropic investments.
“It was a long road back, but my doctors, nurses and therapists really listened to me,” says Chris. “They understood my unique challenges and customized the treatment in a way that allowed me to heal at my own pace. Everyone was so kind, and there is a tenderness to the care that’s very much like a mother gives to her child. I’ve spent time in other hospitals and I’ve never experienced that anywhere else. I’m forever humbled and grateful to those who cared for me and every time I go past CPMC I smile.”