Kaitlin arrived at the hospital in severe trauma, with several broken bones and a brain injury.
“She was a pretty broken person,” recalls Beverly, her Hope Network Case Manager. Kaitlin was quickly admitted to the ICU. Her parents, Lori and Tom, were devastated and desperate for answers. They asked a million questions. But as Kaitlin laid breathing on a ventilator, there were a lot of unknowns.
When Kaitlin arrived at Hope Network Neuro Rehabilitation, she brought along her high-achieving mindset. Kaitlin had plateaued in her previous therapy and was itching for more rigorous activity. She participated in basically every type of therapy —physical and occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, therapeutic recreation, and psychology—for about five hours every day.
Kaitlin’s goal was to walk again. And although the odds were against her, Kaitlin was already showing positive signs, including some movement in her left leg and arm. “One day we were standing at the rail and she said, ‘I’m trying to move my left leg’—and she kicked me!” said Lynn, Kaitlin’s Physical Therapist. “It was fantastic.”
Every new movement was huge—for Kaitlin and for her family. Picking up an arm might feel like nothing for most people. But for Kaitlin, it’s everything. It means she can pet her dogs. It means she can paint, and express that creative side of her that never went away. But her recovery is more than physical.