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Survivor Matt Faulkner Shares his Story and Discusses Documentary Film

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Join host Amy Zellmer as she chats with survivor Matt Faulkner.

Matt Faulkner is the co-author of Most Likely to Survive (2013) and the subject of the documentary film, Recovery (2016), both of which detail the events surrounding his unexpected recovery from the severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) he suffered 3 ½ months before his high school graduation. After spending nearly two months in a deep coma, unlikely to survive, Faulkner beat the odds by walking out of the hospital after 103 days and across the stage at his high school graduation two weeks later. He went on to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in economics less than four years after that.

Today, he is happily married to his husband, Kyle and works as an auditor for NRG Energy, Inc. Outside of his full-time job, he is a frequent guest speaker on the topic of TBI rehabilitation & recovery to groups of students, nurses and young therapists. Faulkner hopes to use his experience to positively impact the current paradigm of neuro-rehabilitation so that it focuses more on individual patients. For more information on the film and book, please visit

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Episode sponsored by: Minnesota Functional Neurology: Center for Brain Health