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It Can Happen to Children Too

2016-0710 It Can Happen to Children Too

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By Tommy Mumert | River Valley & Ozark

Jami Allen of Russellville poses with her 4-year-old daughter, Adora, who had a stroke shortly after she was born. Allen had no idea that babies could have strokes, and she found information through the Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association, known as CHASA. Allen has become passionate about pediatric stroke education. She organized a fundraising event for the association and plans to help raise more money for research.

When Jami Allen of Russellville gave birth four years ago to her daughter, Adora, she immediately knew something was wrong. It was not what Allen saw or heard that frightened her; it was what Allen did not hear.

“I knew that when you have a baby, the first thing you are supposed to hear is crying,” Allen recalled, but she did not hear any crying.

The birth of Allen’s daughter, Adora, followed what Allen described as “very, very traumatic labor.”

Allen, 28, said Adora “was turned the wrong way and also had the [umbilical] cord around her neck.” Adora’s heart rate began to decrease, and an emergency cesarean section was performed.

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Thank you to Jami Allen for sharing her story; Tommy Mumert for writing an article about the story; River Valley & Ozark for committing its resources to the article; Google for helping me find the article; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible to use the picture, text, and links in this post.

Scott
Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.


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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.