Our 15-year-old daughter Molly experienced an inexplicable stoke affecting right side hemiparesis on 8/12/2017. As best as we can determine, Molly must have experienced some sort of trauma to her left main carotid artery a month earlier while boating with friends. The trauma caused a dissection or tear in the inner wall lining of the MCA which narrowed the vein and allowed blood clots to form behind the flap. There was no discernable warning. On the morning of 8/12/2017, Molly went horseback riding like she did every Saturday and then to a back-to-school pool party. At about 3:15pm, she jumped into the pool. Her head hit nothing other than water but must have been enough to dislodge the clots which then traveled to the brain. Molly was able to get out of the pool on her own but then collapsed walking to the chairs.
We may never know why this happened to Molly. We can only move forward and try to recover as much functioning as we can. We are grateful to the Lord that she survived and He has returned to us our sweet Molly girl. We’ve come a long way and God willing will have much more recovery ahead.
Please follow our journey and pray for God’s healing to connect new pathways to restore motor function. We also encourage you to reach out if you have had similar experiences. Each child stroke is unique and each recovery process is different. It is a journey into the unknown trusting that God has a plan for Molly's future.
Thank you for your support and encouragement...Love, Jill, Tim, Molly & James McSorley