Brain injury survivor back to running marathons

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by CASEY NORTON

WFAA

Posted on February 20, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 20 at 9:30 PM

FORT WORTH - A runner is well on his road to recovery, two years after a traumatic brain injury.

Casey Russell went back to the hospital Monday to thank his therapists for getting him back on his feet.

A motorcycle accident on Feb. 20, 2010 put him in a coma, and doctors said he'd be lucky to make breakfast for himself.

"The traumatic brain injury was the biggest injury that everybody was worried about," Russell told his therapists at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth.

In November 2011, Russell surpassed everyone's expectations.

He tackled the hills around Tulsa and completed the Route 66 Marathon in less than four hours. He had the photos framed and matted to prove it.

"This is the way I know how, the only way I know how to say 'thank you.' So I wanted to present you guys with this photograph," Russell said, hanging the large framed photo on a wall in the therapy complex.

He wanted to thank therapists for their dedication, but they thanked him for an unrivaled work ethic.

"Working with someone like you is an inspiration, not just to us as therapists, but to everyone that comes in contact with you," said Connie Garcia.

Tulsa was the 11th marathon for Russell, and it was the first since his accident.

He plans to run many more.

E-mail cnorton@wfaa.com

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