On Monday, November 5th Molly Joyce Ogden awoke to start her day getting ready for school. As she made her way to the bathroom Molly suffered a major stroke on the left side of her brain. Molly faintly called out for help. She was fortunate that her mom and brother were home when the stroke happened. Her immediately knew it was serious and called her dad to return home, then called 911. Molly was rushed to Lawrence Memorial Hospital where they quickly determined that she did indeed have a clot in her brain.
She was immediately loaded back into the ambulance to take her to KU Med. The weather would not allow for a Life Flight. Once at KU, they confirmed that the stroke had occurred within the small window of time allowed for a clot busting drug to be administered. Then brain surgery was performed and they were able to remove 90% of the clot. On the morning of November 6th, the team of doctors realized that they needed to get Molly back into surgery as soon as possible. Her brain was swelling rapidly and if the skull remained in place her life would be threatened. Molly remained in a coma for several days. During this week they constantly measured the pressure and did what they could to minimize the damage. As they began the slow process of bringing her out of the coma we discovered that Molly’s brain indeed did suffer additional damage. The majority of her left brain was damaged. One of the meetings with one of Molly’s doctors turned on a dime and we found themselves discussing whether or not to take Molly off life support. There was concern that she would not have any quality of life. They decided to bring her out of the coma. Molly remained in ICU for two weeks and then moved to the Pediatric Wing for another two weeks. Numerous test were performed on Molly to figure out why her stroke happened. They discovered that Molly has numerous blood issues but the stroke needed a trigger. They learned the trigger was a broken bone in her neck. Molly broke this bone in a Powder-Puff football game the day before her stroke. The broken bone nicked an artery and began to clot as she slept that night. When she awoke November 5th and began moving around the clot broke off shooting right to her brain. Molly was discharged from KU Med on Dec. 4th and admitted to Madonna Rehab in Lincoln Nebraska.
After 3 months of intense impatient therapy, molly graduated from Madonna and moved back home with her family. She just started going back to school to enjoy those wonderful high school years!
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