Andee Poulos Graduates

Every May, thousands of high school graduates walk across the stage to accept diplomas. One graduate of Holy Innocents School was extra special – Andee Poulos. Andee suffered a massive stroke at age 14 when a blood vessel ruptured in her brain. She could not walk, talk or eat on her own and there wasRead Full Story

Keltin

Non-Traumatic (NTBI) Brain Hemorrhage and Stroke (20 years old)

College baseball player Keltin suffered a hemorrhagic stroke in April of 2015 as a result of a bleed from a arteriovenous malformation (AVM) in the brain. The stoke caused damage to Keltin’s temporal, parietal and occipital lobes, resulting in difficulties.

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Emily

Emily is a 17-year-old senior in the top 2% of her class at Ashley Ridge High School in Summerville, South Carolina. She was in a serious snowboarding accident on December 30, 2015, while on a church youth group trip to Lynchburg, Virginia. She tumbled over a foam barrier and struck her head on a pole, causing a traumatic brain injury.

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Erica

Erica was in a near-fatal car accident in August of 2013. She was partially ejected from the driver-side window with her seat belt still on. She suffered an open head fracture on the right side, as well as diffuse axonal injury to several parts of her brain. After six months, at four hospitals plus an additional six months of out-patient therapies, Erica’s traumatic brain injury (TBI) had left her with numerous physical impairments.

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Andee

In 2011, 14-year-old Andee had just returned to school from holiday break when a severe headache turned out to be internal bleeding from an extremely rare acquired brain injury called an Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM). As typical with non-traumatic acquired brain injuries, the AVM went undetected until a rupture caused sudden internal bleeding within the brain.

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Andrew

Andrew’s journey began in the early morning hours in December 2013 when he was awakened by a horrific pain through his back and chest. Within 15 minutes, Andrew was left completely paralyzed from his chest down to his toes.

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Emily B.

Emily, a 19-year-old Kennesaw State college student from Woodstock Georgia was walking along an Athens street to visit a friend in February of 2013 when she was struck by an automobile which fled the scene. She sustained a severe traumatic brain injury and was in a coma for three weeks.

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Mariah

Mariah was first diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2013 and received surgery to remove the tumor. One year later, a new and more aggressive tumor was diagnosed. Surgeries, radiation and one year of chemotherapies and two long rehabilitation stays have left Mariah with physical limitations with mobility.

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Eric

Eric was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma, a malignant Stage IV brain cancer in 2014. After several weeks of radiation and chemotherapy, the tumor was removed. Eric was then diagnosed with Posterior Fossa Syndrome, a traumatic brain injury which causes cognitive, emotional, behavioral, motor, language, and speech-related problems.

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Ashley

Ashley

Ashley sustained a severe traumatic brain injury from a car accident and was in an intensive care unit for 27 days before she was medically transported by air to Shepherd Center. Ashley’s injuries were extensive and included damage to her left frontal lobe which controls the right side of her body.

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