Traumatic brain injury brings student closer to his Shocker family


In September 2018, Sam Brickett, an aerospace engineering freshman at Wichita State University, was longboarding in the Rhatigan Student Center parking garage when he hit a crack in the concrete and fell. He hit his head and suffered a traumatic brain injury.

Alicia Newell, WSU assistant vice president for Student Affairs, found out about his injury within hours and remained by his side in the hospital while his parents journeyed to Wichita from a vacation in South Dakota. When Sam was taken back to a hospital near his home in Nebraska, Alicia sent a little bit of WSU with him.

This video tells his story.