Born in the Philippines, Mitchell enlisted in the Marines after high school, met his future wife, April, in 1986, married her six months later, started raising a family and began his automobile sales career in the early 1990s.
Mitchell, 46, has become a creature of habit out of necessity.
Producer/director Tom Odar, 42, also from Simi Valley, is negotiating to get the documentary broadcast on television and hopes to turn it into a reality series starring Mitchell.
Though Mitchell doesn remember how the April 6, 2003 fall occurred at the family Quartz Hill home, the best guess is that he tripped over one of his dogs, plummeting down 17 steps, slamming his head and winding up unconscious at the bottom of the stairwell.
Mitchell said for a long time, he felt his fall was a curse. Now, however, he views it as hidden blessing. ended up finding myself, he said. was meant to help people get better and happier in their lives.
I felt that they didn have enough interest to even want to try to get him to 100 percent, April said. I found that unacceptable. said the love and support of Mitchell wife and family the fire back in him to the point where it was Air Max 90 Premium Grey
only reason I living right now, and I excited about living and walking, is that because of the help my family gave me, I able to help others, said Mitchell. help everybody in the world that I possibly can. story has been documented in a new movie, Hope: the John Mitchell Jr. Saturday at the Simi Valley 10 Cinemas. Admission is by invitation only.
High risk surgery following the spill left Mitchell severely brain damaged, unable to walk or talk, almost completely blind in his left eye and with short term memory problems that had him failing to recognize his wife and kids.
A nasty fall down a flight of steps eight years ago sent the successful, Air Max 90 Em Id happily married father of three into a long, anguished dark night of the soul that at one point had him contemplating suicide.
Finally, April had seen enough. She decided to educate herself about physical therapy and become Mitchell primary therapist, realizing she could Air Max 90 Hyperfuse Sunburst
Eventually, however, he triumphed over his daunting misfortune and managed to start walking and talking again.
John Mitchell Jr. starts just about every day by going to Simi Deli USA to read the newspaper and watch the news, then heading over to the nearby 24 Hour Fitness to work out and coach Nike Air Max Black Pink White
Almost immediately, however, Mitchell began exhibiting bizarre behavior such as eating hot dogs with the wrappers still on them.
Though he survived the operation, when he awoke, didn know who I was. I didn remember my wife, my kids. I couldn speak. I couldn walk. therapy proved frustrating and largely ineffective. Mitchell fell into a prolonged deep depression.
devote more time to her husband than a professional therapist could.
Mitchell good life came abruptly crashing down at age 38.
damaged Simi man uses daunting misfortune to help others
The former Marine disabilities resulted in him losing his high paying management job at several car dealerships in Lancaster. And with no money coming in, the family in turn lost its home in nearby Quartz Hill. They have since returned to Simi Valley, where Mitchell was raised.
Mitchell was airlifted to UCLA Medical Center, where he spent several days comatose under observation. Upon waking up, he was released, Odar said.
He was rushed back to UCLA where doctors determined he had bleeding on the brain due in part to his jaw being fractured in the fall. They in turn referred him to a specialist at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster.
After being given his last rites by a priest, Mitchell underwent high risk surgery that involved cutting into his skull to relieve the pressure on his brain. During the six hour operation, part of his skull was removed and stored in his stomach. It was restored to his head in subsequent surgery.
Mitchell said his nightmarish tribulation and eventual recovery made him more determined than ever to use his hard won knowledge in the service of others.
1986, I fell down the stairs, Mitchell said, sitting in Simi Deli USA with Odar one recent day.
like, 'OK, yeah, I want to get better. I want to get out of this depression. I want to walk. I want to talk. with his wife help, the therapy continued to be deeply frustrating at times. Every time Mitchell made progress, it seemed, he suffered a seizure that took him back to square one.
The sameness of his daily routine at the deli and gym is therapeutic, giving his mind structure, helping him remember what day it is and other mundane details that others take for granted.
At the gym, he helps other brain damaged people, determined to give back some of the caring he received during his bleakest hours.
Though he made great rehabilitation strides since then with the love and support of his family, regaining his abilities to walk and talk, he still has memory problems and difficulty speaking at times.
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