On February 24 2011, Lily began choking on a cough drop. Her brother, Bryce, bravely used the Heimlich maneuver to expel the cough drop; however, Lily then vomited and aspirated vomit into her lungs and she stopped breathing. EMTs were fortunately able to revive her, and she was transported via Life Lion to Penn State Hershey Medical Center. The outlook for her condition was very bleak, but Lily somehow rallied and survived, but sustained severe brain damage as a result of the lack of oxygen and blood flow to her brain. She spent 6 weeks in Hershey Rehabilitation Hospital where her family learned how to take care of her on the long journey ahead. A few months later, she spent 6 more weeks at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, which specializes in rehab for brain injured children. Since then, Lily has continued to make small improvements, even doing some things the doctors at PSHMC had said she would never do. However, she cannot talk, eat by mouth, or move on her own. She is completely dependent on others for all of her needs. She is receiving physical, occupational, speech, and vision therapy several times a week. We are learning other ways to help her communicate with us.
The path of Lily’s recovery is not a sprint, but a marathon. These last three-and-a half years have been extremely difficult. Lily’s family is willing to do anything it takes to help her recover as much function as possible.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, and God bless you for your support.