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Marissa S.


My special little girl

My name is Shawna and when I was 18 I got married and soon after found out I was pregnant. It was the happiest time of my life. Pregnancy went normal but delivery was very difficult. During delivery my husband (at the time) noticed that our daughter was twitching only on her right side. The on call Dr. stated to us that this was normal, that all newborns twitch. The cord was wrapped around her neck and she wasn't breathing well so they gave her 02 to help with her oxygen levels. After delivery was done, my daughter Marissa was wrapped up and taken to nursery. The next day the Dr. allowed us to take her home.

Later that day I noticed something was not right. Marissa would twitch starting with her hand and would go from joint to joint to the point that she would be contracted on the whole right side of he body. This really scared me because this happened almost every hour, then she would scream and cry so hard when her body was done. But being a new mom and Dr. said this was normal, we continued to watch her through the night. At approx 6am the next morning on Christmas Eve morning, I took Marissa to the ER and a CT scan was done. Dr. came back and said the twitching was actually seizures and that Marissa had a stroke in utero (while I was pregnant). The ER immediately took her to NICU and she was admitted for almost 2 weeks to get seizures under control. As Marissa got older she went through speech and gait therapy, and we noticed that she was having a little bit of a hard time with retention. As she grew, I worked with her and she has done great.

Marissa is now 19 and a full time student at a local jr. college. With only a slight retention issue. But she has learned to cope and work hard to get to what she wants to achieve, which is to be in the medical field. I am so proud of her.


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