On May 13, 2012, 22 year-old Sherrin Baggott was in a single-person car accident at approximately 5:30 a.m. Sherrin was diagnosed with a severe traumatic brain injury called diffuse axonal injury. She was in an accident-induced coma for 5 1/2 months until doctors claimed that she had “woken up.” Sherrin is able to understand nearly everything around her but her body is still struggling to recover from her accident. She has been to four separate hospitals (1 medicinal and 3 rehabilitations) during her journey and now 25 years-old, Sherrin has returned home to Ashburn, Virginia in December 2013 and continues to work on her out patient therapy.
As Sherrin’s sister I feel obligated to share her story. Since her accident, I have become Sherrin’s unofficial publicist. I am constantly updating our family and all of Sherrin’s friends on her progress. I publish tons of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram posts as well in order to keep people in the know.
My biggest hope for Sherrin is to have a normal life one day. I want her to be able to finish school, have a job, fall in love, get married, and have kids. I want her to share her amazing story and be the example of recovering from a severe traumatic brain injury. I want her to be the symbol of hope that other families can look to if they have to endure this horrible experience.
I do not want people to forget my sister’s accident and I especially do not want people to forget my family’s struggle, pain, and life lessons that we have been forced to understand.
I ask you to use the website as a reminder to appreciate the small things in life, hug your loved ones often, and drive safely. Use my family’s tragedy as a reminder to be thankful for what you do have.
I am Kaci Baggott,the 23 year-old sister of Sherrin. I graduated from American University in May 2014 with a degree in International Relations and am currently working full-time in Washington, DC. I have wonderful friends and incredibly dedicated parents. I am the only sibling of Sherrin’s and have found it to be my responsibility to share her story. I believe that if I do not share it, no one else will. It is my mission for people to understand what happened to Sherrin, where her progress stands, and to raise awareness on TBIs.