An Italian-American, born in Reggio, Calabria in 1947, Tony came to the USA when he was 9 years old with hopes and dreams of fitting in and living the American dream. He and his mother settled in Paulsboro, NJ. Tony’s life was never easy, at 17 years old he received his high school diploma in the hospital after breaking his neck & was told he would never walk again…
He proved them wrong and after months of therapy and rehabilitation he returned to a normal life; graduated from the police force, married and divorced with 2 children. Tony became a single parent later in life and raised his 2 daughters on his own and always took care of his mother who lived alone.
After 32 years, Tony retired as a Lieutenant from the Delaware River Port Authority and pursued his dream to build a home and move to Florida when he retired.
THEN EVERYTHING CHANGED…
He was on his way to a car show in his prized 34 Ford, 1 mile from his home when a drunk driver hit him from behind while he was sitting at a red light.
Tony was brought to Tampa General via helicopter and spent several weeks in a coma. We had no idea what he would be like or what kind of life he would live at that time, my sister and I just knew we wanted him back. The doctors informed us he suffered a TBI (traumatic brain injury), diffused axonal and anoxic brain injury and that he would require 24/7 care. There was no way to determine how long he went without oxygen at the scene of the accident, we only knew that he was seizing when they found him. He now would no longer have any short-term memory and would need constant supervision.
Nursing homes and assisted living facilities were just not equipped to care for him. Long term care living facilities for TBI are scarce and very expensive. Dad was unique in that he required a one on one caregiver to re-direct him on every move he made. After 9 hospitals and 3 moves, we finally realized that the only place that was best for dad was a TBI facility, which was 4 hours away from his daughter, mother and grandchildren. Tony now resides at Neurorestorative in Clearwater.
Tony Meduri passed away March 17,2018.
Anne Marie has courageously decided to continue her mission and efforts to help others with TBI , generate awareness , and provide scholarships to those in need .
Her book Time with You was written as part of her healing process and to share her happiness, sadness , and grief after losing her father after years of suffering .
100% proceeds go to The TBI Fund Inc
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Click below to see videos of some of Tony’s good and bad days with TBI – showing what it’s really like to live with a TBI.