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Life’s a Marathon

Runner returns to ICU in triumph

Binghamton Bridge Run participant Bryan Steinhauer visited the new Intensive Care Unit at UHS Wilson Medical Center on May 4, five years after he was a patient in the ICU. This time he was on a guided tour conducted by well-wishers, including several of the doctors, nurses and other staff members who helped save his life.

Mr. Steinhauer, a former Binghamton University student who was beaten nearly to death in downtown Binghamton in 2008, has made a remarkable recovery. He came back to town to take part in the competitive half-marathon. “The five-year anniversary of my assault and I’ll be in Binghamton and running past the Rathskellar, the place I was attacked in,” he was quoted as telling The Press & Sun-Bulletin shortly before the event.

In the early morning hours of May 4, 2008, Mr. Steinhauer, 22 at the time, was beaten so severely in an altercation at the bar on State Street that he was rushed to UHS Wilson and put into intensive care, the newspaper reported in a May 4 feature on his recovery. In the days after the attack, he experienced swelling around his brain and, after coming out of a coma, required a long period of rehabilitation.

Today he continues to make an incredible physical recovery, works as a certified public accountant in New York City and operates “Minds Over Matter,” a charity that helps young adults with brain injuries.

On May 5 he completed the Bridge Run in two hours and 15 minutes, bettering his own personal record for a half-marathon.