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A new round: Oklahoma City police officer, MMA fighter Matt Grice recovers after brain injury

by Juliana Keeping Modified: October 2, 2013 at 9:58 pm •  Published: October 3, 2013

After college, Grice became an Oklahoma City police officer. He returned to competitive sport, turned professional in mixed martial arts and opened an Oklahoma City mixed martial arts gym, where he trains and teaches.

While he's passionate about fighting, his wife and two young daughters are No. 1 in his life, Rubenstein said.

Long road back

A traumatic brain injury is an injury to the brain that's more severe than a concussion and can be seen on a CT scan or MRI, said Michael Martin, a neurosurgeon at OU Medical Center and assistant professor of neurosurgery at OU. Signs of traumatic brain injury run the gamut from severe headache with nausea to a deep coma.

Recovery can be long and arduous; it can take months to years to find out where a person with traumatic brain injury will land.

On Sept. 28, Grice's wife posted that her husband was moved from intensive care to a regular patient room, a sign of improvement. He has begun speech therapy and light physical therapy. He has walked with assistance. His personality is shining through — he likes to “make fun and be ornery,” his wife reported.

He also remembers people and places that signify that his long-term memory is intact.

He is in good condition at OU Medical Center.

“We knew no matter what his doctors said Matt would fight his way through this,” his wife wrote. “Matt has a new fight now — working his way back to himself. Keep us in your prayers please.”

by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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