This is the true story of one family’s heartfelt encounter with a tragic event. It is also a guide on how to survive the medical system and navigate through the stresses of a long-term recovery.
On August 8, 2002, at the age of eighteen Mario Scharmer sustained a traumatic brain injury from an auto crash. The doctors put Mario in an induced coma for twenty-one days. It was not expected that he would live. Many people prayed for Mario and his family and even though Mario lived he was in a persistent vegetative state for another one hundred forty-one days. Doctors did not expect Mario to have any meaningful recovery. He came home quadriplegic. He wore diapers, couldn’t talk, walk, eat, or move. The first few years of taking care of Mario were extremely challenging. It has been a difficult journey, but neuron by neuron Mario has kept improving.
After seventeen years Mario is still severely disabled, but living a happy, productive life. He is very active in his local community and continues to inspire others through his love and art.
About the Author:
Christine Scharmer is a retired elementary school teacher, healer, care provider and inspirational speaker. She has been helping her disabled son with his recovery for seventeen years. She is committed to helping her son Mario with his mission to heal the world. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband Mark. Her oldest son Miguel is a registered nurse and poet.