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Children are Vulnerable Too

Excerpt of Article by Jennifer Sheehan | Morning Call

 Annabella Story, 7, undergoes rehab at Good Shepherd to recover from stroke

Annabella Story, 7, undergoes rehab at Good Shepherd to recover from stroke

It started off as a picture-perfect vacation day for the Story family. Annabella, her parents Maggie and Rick and her brother Keaton, were enjoying a day of boating on one of New York’s Finger Lakes last July. They decided to grab a pizza and have a picnic at Annabella’s request.

It was then that Annabella began to act strangely, was clearly in terrible pain and was unable to climb out of the boat. “She was screaming and crying,” Maggie says. “I thought she was dying.”

Annabella eventually was flown to a hospital in Rochester, where doctors gave Maggie and Rick news that no parent ever wants to hear.

Annabella had a massive stroke and it was unlikely she would survive.

To find out what happened next, click here to read the complete article by Jennifer Sheehan.


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2 Responses to “Children are Vulnerable Too”

  • Esther says:

    A “Mayo Clinic” A.V.M overview stated most people are born with them, they are commonly discovered after a brain scan for another health issue or after the blood vessels ruptures and causes bleeding in the brain like the one that caused Annabella’s stroke.

    • Scott says:

      I recently went to see a stroke specialist to determine what to do about my stroke. The MRI revealed I had several TIAs. Surprise! It is definitely better to know than not know.

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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.