New KET Special Examines Growing Crisis of Brain Injury in Kentucky

Brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability for people under 24, and the rates in Kentucky are double that of the national average.

KET explores the issues in Gray Matters: The Silent Epidemic of Brain Injury.

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This one-hour special examines the major causes of brain injury in Kentucky—including vehicle crashes, falls, equine and farm equipment accidents, and trauma from military combat—and looks at the Kentucky resources available to help families.

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KET's Renee Shaw talks with brain-injury experts, advocates and families about:

  • coping with life after a brain injury
  • the emotional and financial strain caused by brain injuries
  • helpful medical services

Guests include:

  • Melinda Mast, executive director of the Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky
  • Patty Tarvin and her daughter, Shanna, who suffered a traumatic brain injury after a car accident at age 18
  • Tim Johns and his son, TK, who injured his brain in a snowboarding accident at age 26
  • Linda Brashears, whose brain injury was caused by percussive waves from heavy mortar blasts to her military unit in Iraq
  • Gayle Kelley, author of My Brain Gets Full, who suffered a brain injury when he fell down two flights of stairs

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For More Information:

Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky


Gray Matters: The Silent Epidemic of Brain Injury is a KET production, produced by Laura Krueger. The program was developed in collaboration with the Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky.