Molly - Adolescent Medical Rehabilitation

Stroke Knows No Age

On Monday, November 5th Molly awoke to start her day like any other 16 year old.  As she was getting ready she suffered a major stroke to the left side of her brain.  Luckily her mother, Alison, was home and recognized the seriousness of what was happening.  She was rushed to Lawrence Memorial Hospital and then to KU Medical Center.  At KU it was determined Molly had a clot in her brain and surgery was performed to remove 90% of the clot.  On November 6th Molly’s doctors realized her brain was rapidly swelling and took her back to surgery to remove part of her skull.  Molly remained in a coma for 7 days.  She spent a total of 100 days in the hospital. 

Upon release from the hospital, Molly required the use of a wheelchair and was unable to speak due to damage to the part of her brain that controls communication. She had severe aphasia and was left unable to speak, read or write.   She came to the Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City for intensive, full-time physical, occupational and speech therapy.   Molly walks with the help of a brace but the biggest challenge she faces now is her communication. 

Currently Molly has returned to school and is expected to graduate on time with the rest of the class of 2015.  She continues her therapy one day a week and remains positive and optimistic.  She loves to hang out with her friends, ride horses and work with children.  This fall Molly will follow her dream of becoming a teacher as a freshman in college!  We wish Molly the best of luck in all of her future endeavors!

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