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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

Happy Birthday, Katie!!

Dear Katie, Happy Birthday!

The party just ended - eight of your friends and your brother, Josh, came over for pizza, cake, lots of laughter, and many hugs! The moms of the bunch brought their precious little ones with them which added all the more excitement (7 children I think we counted in all, ranging from 6 weeks to 10 years old!). Josh and I held your birthday cookie up in front of you with candles ablaze as we all sang Happy Birthday to you. The moment we started to sing, you smiled from ear to ear! When the song was over you pointed to yourself and everyone cheered. Thank you, God, for that beautiful moment. Thank you, God, for an amazing group of young women.

We made a trip to MCV this afternoon to discuss the curvature of your spine with an orthopedic surgeon. The curvature (scoliosis) is due to the extreme spasticity as a result of your brain injury. The appointment was very informative and the doctor will see you again in six months. The curvature at this point does not require surgery. We will keep working hard and praying hard that it doesn't get to that point.

You have been spasm-free since coming home from 10 days in the hospital and the Valium dosage is close to being eliminated. Our plan is to get back to the gym tomorrow or Friday. Our outings to the gym also were put on hold because of the drop in your blood pressure due to the medications that you were on. One day at a time, one day at a time.

We love you, Katie!
Mom, Dad, and Josh
"Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10

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6 Comentarios

Ann Long
Great birthday pictures! I enjoyed our visit yesterday and plan to see you next week. Have a good time getting back to Sheltering Arms.
Love, Ann
Patty Spragg
By Patty Spragg
Happy Birthday Katie! Love the pictures with your friends! So glad you had such a special day!
Marianne Allen
By Marianne and Jeff
Happy Birthday Katie! Looks like a lot of fun!
Betty Minton
Glad you all had a great day. Happy Birthday Katie.
Hillary Doherty
By Hillary Doherty
Happy Birthday Katie, great picture!