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Stories of Hope “We know her quick recovery from her injury has been a result of her hard work ethic, the outstanding Shepherd Center & Pathways Team, and the support of Andee’s Army! Without their support, we don’t know where we’d be today.” – EMILY’S PARENTS

E With the support of Andee’s Army, Keltin made remarkable progress in Shepherd Center’s Beyond Therapy program. “We are eternally grateful,” said Keltin’s mother, Kelly Hall.

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eltin DeVoe, a 20-year-old college baseball player from Flowery Branch, Ga., suffered a hemorrhagic stroke in April of 2015 as a result of a bleed from an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) in the brain. The stroke caused damage to his temporal, parietal and occipital lobes, resulting in difficulties with word finding, reading, writing and comprehension. The AVM swelled massively, and doctors had to remove a piece of his skull while they waited to safely remove the AVM. Twenty-four hour care was required for months due to concern with falls and the possibility of another bleed because of the still active AVM. Once the doctors were able, they removed the AVM and returned the bone to his skull. He continued his therapy in earnest. With the assistance of Andee’s Army, Keltin was able to utilize the services at Shepherd Center Beyond Therapy to help him regain his agility, balance and physical fitness, with improvements in speech and reading skills as well. Keltin’s goal is to return to college and he is looking towards the future with hope.

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mily is a 17-year-old senior in the top 2% of her class at Ashley Ridge High School in Summerville, S.C. She was in a serious snowboarding accident on Dec. 30, 2015, while on a church youth group trip to Lynchburg, Va. She’d tumbled over a foam barrier and struck her head on a pole, causing a traumatic brain injury. Emily spent over two weeks in a medically-induced coma in the Neurological ICU at Lynchburg General Hospital. Her intracranial brain pressures had to be controlled with medications and by draining spinal fluid off of her brain. After regaining consciousness, Emily and her family traveled to Shepherd Center in Atlanta for rehabilitation, roughly one month after the accident. Emily thrived under the center’s care, and following two weeks of inpatient therapy, she was released to the Shepherd Pathway’s outpatient program. While she still has some short-term memory issues and is battling double vision, she has improved dramatically, and a full recovery is expected. On course to graduate high school with her class, Emily plans to attend Clemson University this fall, where she was accepted into the engineering program. Emily’s parents said Andee’s Army marched to their rescue when they were faced with the dilemma of whether or not they could afford the out-of-pocket costs of an extended stay in Atlanta, coupled with time away from work. “Andee’s Army offered to pay the $100 per day for us to stay here for Emily’s six weeks of outpatient therapy at Shepherd Pathways. This made it a no-brainer decision for us to remain here to continue her therapy with one of the best acquired brain injury rehab facilities in the country!”

Summer 2016  
Summer 2016