At the age of 10, Adam suffered a traumatic brain injury while in-line staking without a helmet. Six months after emerging from a five-week coma, he attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for New York City’s first traumatic brain injury unit for children. “Wear your helmet,” he urged other kids as part of a “get it on!” public education campaign. While doctors cautioned that Adam would never be the same again, no one imagined that 20 years later, he would be languishing in a nursing home in Massachusetts – one of several institutions he’d lived in for the last decade.
Adam captures the hearts of many New Yorkers after emerging from a coma and struggling to recover from cognitive and physical impairments.
Adam makes a plea for help on Facebook after being restrained and punched by "behaviorists" at the Holyoke Rehabilitation Center.
The Holyoke Rehabilitation Center is a locked facility. Patients like Adam often are "punished" for minor infractions. These punishments include being put on "checks" - meaning the patient is not allowed to leave his/her floor, even for meals. When a #LetThemOut producer tried to visit Adam, she was escorted off the premises by police, denying Adam's right to visitors.