Award Given to Duquesne Graduate Who Miraculously Recovered From Brain Injury

“When I woke up, I was on a ventilator,” he said. “I had no usage of my right arm and leg. Half of my skull was gone.”

In October 2019, Dylan Braun was in a serious car accident on the parkway that left him with a brain injury, broken ribs and in a coma for eight days.

Now, he has recieved the John G. Rangos, Sr. Award for students who demonstrate exceptional learning experiences.

Dylan persevered and worked hard to recover. He was eventually able to get back to his studies at Duquesne University.

“There were times, especially when you lay in the hospital bed and you think I’m never going to make it,” Braun said. “Well, I made it and it’s possible.”

“We didn’t even know if he was going to live through the night,” said Braun’s mother, Debbie. “And then, every day he just got better and stronger, and it was one day, taking it one day at time.” Braun and his mother are proud those little steps have led to big accomplishments.

At the recent commencement ceremonies, Duquesne University President, Ken Gormley, surprised Braun with the John G. Rangos, Sr. Award. The Award is given to students who demonstrate exceptional learning experiences.

“I would not have been able to do any of this without you, mom. You were my rock through all of this,” Braun said. “And to Duquesne President Gormley, you have been so supportive through all of this. I would not have been able to finish without your help as well, so thank you for that.”

Braun is headed back home to New York to be with the rest of his family.

John G. Rangos, Sr. is honored to support students of such high caliber.

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