Thanksgiving is the time of year for us to give thanks and count the blessings in our lives. This special holiday segment focuses on Hope and her story of overcoming a debilitating medical condition.
Hope's dad, Mike, brought her to Phoenix Children's Hospital on Thanksgiving 2014 because she had a high fever. Not long after, she was diagnosed with viral meningitis. The following day, Hope's carotid artery, the main blood supply to the brain, became blocked, and she suffered a stroke that left her paralyzed on her right side. After spending 75 days in inpatient rehab at Phoenix Children’s, she was finally able to go home.
For more than two years, Hope, now 15, has been committed to her outpatient rehabilitation, including speech, occupational and physical therapy. And it shows; on her first day of 10th grade, she went an entire day without her leg brace for the first time and has no plans of ever using it again. Even more remarkable, Hope is back to riding her horse, Solie, every Thursday night and is faster than ever before.
The Frances H. McClelland Pediatric Rehabilitation Center at Phoenix Children's, the only rehabilitation program in Arizona specifically for children, provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary care to help patients achieve their optimal level of independence. Call (602) 933-0980 for referrals and appointments.
Hope’s family is one of many who are thankful for the treatment and care they received at Phoenix Children’s. To see more inspirational stories of Phoenix Children’s patients and their families, visit their YouTube Channel.