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Almost one year ago, comedian Tracy Morgan suffered a critical brain injury after his limo was hit by a Walmart truck. Now Morgan is back on camera, but he’s not cracking jokes. He’s talking about Traumatic Brain Injury.
On June 7, 2014, comedians Tracy Morgan, James McNair, and Ardie Fuqua were riding from Delaware to New York after a show. Their limousine was struck by a Wal-Mart delivery truck driving by employee Kevin Roper. Morgan’s attorney claimed that Roper had been awake for over 24 hours before the accident, making it likely that the driver had fallen asleep at the wheel.
The crash killed James McNair, and seriously injured Morgan, Fuqua, and Morgan’s assistant, Jeffrey Millea. Among his many injuries, Tracy Morgan suffered a serious traumatic brain injury that took him out of the public spotlight for nearly a year.
That is, until June 1, 2014. After missing the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary episode where his fellow comedians put on a tribute, Tracy Morgan made his first public appearance on NBC’s Today Show. The topic: his injuries, his recovery, and the effect of a serious Traumatic Brain Injury. When asked if he planned to return to the stage, Mr. Morgan said:
“I love comedy. I’ll never stop loving her. I love comedy and I can’t wait to get back to her. But right now my goal is just to heal and get better. Because I’m not 100 percent yet. I’m not. And when I’m there, you’ll know it. I’ll get back to making you laugh. I promise you.”
In the meantime, Morgan continues to suffer headaches, forgetfulness, and nosebleeds even a year after the initial accident. He says he can’t remember anything about the crash and did not know Mr. McNair had died until after he had awoken from his coma.
“He was a loving man and he was a warm man,” Mr. Morgan said through tears. “He was a good man. It’s just hard for me to see that he’s gone. That’s it.”
His lawyer, Benedict Morelli has been his spokesperson throughout much of the year. He told the Associated Press:
“[W]hen you have a traumatic brain injury, it takes a very long time to find out how you’re going to do and how much you’re going to recover. You just don’t know. He’s still fighting and trying to live his life at the same time and trying to get better, and he’s just not better. We’re hoping and praying to get him back to where he was. But the jury’s out.”
But despite the long nature of Traumatic Brain Injury recovery, Tracy Morgan remains optimistic. He continues to receive top medical treatment and hopes to be back making America laugh soon.
David Christensen is a brain injury attorney at Christensen Law in Southfield, Michigan. He and his team help the victims of traumatic brain injuries recover medical benefits from their insurance companies. If you or someone you love has suffered a serious head injury, contact Christensen Law today for a free consultation.