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Trumbull stroke survivor mentors others with brain injuries

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2023

CT Insider
By Andy Tsubasa
June 4, 2023

TRUMBULL — Nearly two decades after a hockey accident led to a torn neck artery and subsequent stroke, a town resident is a leading volunteer helping others to overcome their own brain injuries.

Last month, Garrett Mendez, 36, received the Hamden Regional Chamber of Commerce's "Healthcare Warrior Award" for his volunteer work at the Gaylord Specialty Healthcare hospital in Wallingford. 

Mendez suffered the brain-stem stroke in 2005, days after colliding head-first with the boards while playing in a junior hockey game in Springfield, Mass.

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