ATLANTA – Ian Trettel ,19, of Silver Springs, Fla., was transferred this weekend from Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla., to Shepherd Center in Atlanta to begin his rehabilitation and recovery process. Ian sustained a brain injury during a practice session at the Daytona Super-cross on March 5, 2011. Ian was admitted to Shepherd Center’s Acquired Brain Injury Unit for evaluation, care and observation. After doctors at Shepherd Center determined an appropriate treatment plan for Ian, he began a rehabilitation program under the guidance of a full team of medical and rehabilitation specialists.
Shepherd is a world-renowned rehabilitation hospital, specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitationfor people with spinal cord injury and brain injury. Founded in, a private, not-for-profit hospital, is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation.
Medical and rehabilitative teams at Shepherd Center typically include the following: an attending physician, nurse, occupational therapist, physical therapist, speech language pathologist, recreation therapist, peer support specialist, nutritionist and psychologist.
The family wants everyone to know that Ian is doing very well and that they continue to be extremely optimistic that he will make a full recovery.
The family is appreciative to Ian’s friends and friends of the family, and to the moto-cross community for its outpouring of support, but requests privacy during Ian's recovery and rehabilitation. Cards and letters are welcome.
Various fundraising activities are taking place across the country to help offset medical and rehabilitation costs. TheRoad 2 Recovery Foundation has set up a fund on behalf of Ian to help with the management of fundraising activities. For more information on Road 2 Recovery and upcoming events, visit www.road2recovery.com or contact Anita Button at 480-276-1131.