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Katie’s Story

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On Wednesday, January 19, Katie was taking pictures of the sky ( her passion!) with unusual cloud formations our on our front steps, when she lost her balance and fell down the steps.  She was having a seizure when I found her.  She was taken by ambulance to VCU Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, the best trauma center in the area, where they determined that she had a left cranial bleed, contusions on the front of her brain, a skull fracture behind her right ear and a contusion on the back of her scalp.  She went right into surgery to remove the blood clot in her brain.  By God's grace she didn't receive any other bodily injuries and is able to move all extremities.

The first day after surgery, Katie responded perfectly to all the neurological tests and told each of us (Joe and me) that she loved us. I asked her if she remembered falling down the steps and she said she did.

On the second day after Katie's surgery, she stopped responding, and they put her into an induced coma by reducing her body temperature, put her in a paralytic state and heavily sedated her.  Her brain started to swell and they had to do a ventriloscopy, which is where they insert a pump between the ventricles in her brain which did two things: measured the innercranial pressure and relieve the pressure by draining the spinal fluid off of her brain into a container.

Katie remained in the coma state for 22 days. As soon as they could, they did an MRI on her head and found that she had had several strokes.

Kate remained in MCV until July 13, when she was moved to HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Petersburg, Virginia. We were so thrilled that she was able to go there and were amazed at what they were able to accomplish in therapy.

On February 16, Katie was admitted to MCV Hospital again to received a Baclofen Pump (implant). Following surgery, we welcomed Katie home after 399 days, on Feburary 22, 2012. We are thrilled to have her home with us and she is doing very well. We continue to try our very best to take it one day at a time. God is in control.

Latest Journal Update

A Quiet Evening

Dear Katie,

I'm sitting here with you late at night as you sleep. This is the first night in so many nights that you haven't had even one breathing spasm. I have been thanking God for this all evening. Dad and I are so relieved for you that, at least for today, you are no longer having trouble with breathing spasms. Dr. Kunz increased the flow of Baclofen from your pump yesterday. Last night I wasn't sure that was the answer as I was up with you again through midnight. But now, I find it absolutely amazing how that increase has made such a difference. I wasn't able to go with you to the doctor yesterday, but Dad was so impressed how well you were taken care of by the staff at Dr. Kunz's office. Dad was convinced that increasing the flow of Baclofen was the answer and he was right!

Now we are ready to celebrate your new living quarters with Aunt Jane and Aunt Patty, who will arrive tomorrow (Thursday) from Pennsylvania, and welcome everyone to our home on Sunday afternoon from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. for your Open House. It will be a fun day to share what God has done through so many people in creating a special, comfortable, place which belongs to you.

We hope all who are able will come on Sunday.

With love and blessings, Katie,
Mom
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Ann Long
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Katie,

Have fun with your aunts this weekend. Hope to see you next week.

Love, Ann
Wanda Moser
By Wanda
Thinking of you, and keeping you in my prayers.