As most of you are aware Jazmin Abraham suffered a massive brain bleed on 13th November 2019. This resulted in stroke-like symptoms with the right side of her body being paralysed.

She was put in an induced coma and on the ventilator to let her brain recover for two weeks, they then reduced the sedating medication to try and wake her up, no one knew what deficits she would have out of this. Slowly she woke up over the next week, she couldn’t speak or communicate and wasn’t able to move her right side and we didn’t know if this was permanent or not so the future was unclear.

Within the next two weeks we started to see her raise her eyebrows at her siblings, smile, laugh and try to speak, words were still not coming out which caused some frustration. With physio, she started to slowly move her right side and surprising all of us when she was getting physio on her leg, she spontaneously moved her right arm.

Over the next few weeks, she had built up so much strength in her arms and legs that she can now walk with the support of an AFO (splint) and a crutch, only using a wheelchair for long distances or when she is tired. Her speech is slowly improving but it’s only at 50% as a lot of stuff she refers to as ‘thing’.

She can understand everything and can write most words, but there is still a blockage from the brain to her mouth. Jaz is hoping to return to her love of cadets but not at full capacity like she once was. We will be there, however on their first night back on 31st January. Jaz won’t be returning to school for a while yet.

After 10 weeks (as of 22nd January) Jaz is now in Day hospital where she stays with mum Dani at Ronald McDonald House. She attends the hospital for therapy appointments and has been about to go home for a night on weekends. Thank you, everyone, for your love and support to Jaz and her family.

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