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Kayli S.


My daughter's stroke

My daughter was almost 4 years old when she had her stroke.

I was working a double shift as a nurse when I called home to check on my daughter who was sick with a cold. When I talked to my mother, she told me that Kayli, who was almost 4 at the time, that when she woke just now from her nap that she couldn't walk, she just collapsed to the ground. I called her pediatrician who told us to call 911 and send her to the ER. 15 minutes later, when she arrived at our local ER, my mom told the ER doc that it looks like she had a stroke. The doctors words, exactly were "kids don't have strokes". Well he couldn't have been more wrong. The CT scan showed nothing, they did a lumbar puncture the next day "in case" it was meningitis, then finally on the 3rd after onset of symptoms they did an MRI which showed a bright spot. They immediately sent us to UPMC Children's Hospital where within 10 minutes of being there we were told she had suffered a massive stroke to the basal ganglia area of her brain. Well one more week in UPMC and 3 weeks in a children's rehab hospital she came home. She was still not walking, and had regained her voice back, which had became all but a whisper. Kayli learned to walk again thanks to the wonderful outpatient physical and occupational therapists at Sharon Regional Health Systems, Nicky and JoAnn. The ER doctor at the first hospital was one of the reasons I have helped spread the word about pediatric stroke.

Flash forward 13 years later and Kayli is a happy, healthy 16 year old, who has left hemiplegia. She's learning to drive a car, is in all mainstreamed classes, and is regularly on the honor roll. She had had a couple seizures when she was younger, but has not had any in over 5 years. Every achievement she makes is amazing to me. She is my hero.


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