The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 27, 2012

Family seeks aid with therapy bill

By James Neal, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Amanda Landwehr, now 21 years old, has spent the past two years of her life in a prolonged, and expensive, battle to recover from a traumatic brain injury she suffered in 2010.

Amanda was riding on the back of a 2008 Suzuki four-wheeler Aug. 17, 2010, when it crashed into a car in the 500 block of West Mulberry. She was ejected and suffered bruised lungs, several large skull fractures and a brain injury.

She was found by Enid Police Department officers lying across the back of the four-wheeler in the 600 block of West Mulberry. She was taken by Life EMS to St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center and was admitted in critical condition.

Amanda’s mother, Marie Landwehr, said Amanda has struggled every day since the accident to regain basic cognitive, motor and speech skills.

“Everything got wiped away, and she has to try to relearn every single thing,” Marie said.

That recovery process has taken Amanda through seven hospitals, and through all available funds.

Family insurance has been maxed out, Crime Victims Compensation Funds from the accident have been depleted, family 401k plans have been cashed in and expended, and Marie was forced to quit her job to provide 24-hour care for her daughter.

Marie said her daughter now is receiving “all the right therapy she needs” at Touchstone Neuro Recovery Center in Conroe, Texas. Amanda undergoes daily therapy for cognition, speech, occupational skills and community re-entry.

All of that care comes at a steep cost to the family: $550 per day, all paid out-of-pocket.

“We have to come up with $3,850 every Monday to keep her in therapy for another week,” Marie said. “We don’t have anything more solid to guarantee her more time.”

But, time is exactly what Amanda needs.

“Due to the severity of her brain injuries, her recovery is going to be measured in years,” Marie said. “The longer we can keep her here, the more she can learn. It’s baby steps for her, and every baby step takes her closer to a good quality of life.”

Marie said if Amanda were to return home now, without all the therapy she needs, she would be “a prisoner in her own home.”

The family is asking for financial help to get Amanda to the point she can return home and receive outpatient care.

Donations can be made to the Amanda Landwehr benefit account at any Bank of the West branch.

For more information on Amanda’s progress, go to the Facebook page Donations for Amanda Landwehr’s Therapy.



Staff Writer Cass Rains contributed to this story.