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|Re: Update of Lilly|
|Tuesday, 15 March 2011 13:37|
Sheriff Paul C. May has released the following information:
Re: Update of Lilly
On April 19, 2010, Deputy Sheriff Sarah Green responded to a welfare check on a child. On arrival, Deputy Green, asked to look at the children. Against the wishes of the adults in the home, one of the children was carried out of the bedroom for Deputy Green to see. Deputy Green found the child, two years of age, covered in bruises about the head and neck. The child was unresponsive. Deputy Green immediately called for Emergency Medical Services against the wishes of the adults in the home. Okeechobee County Fire & Rescue responded and determined that the child was in very serious condition with severe brain trauma with retinal hemorrhaging. The child was flown from the residence by Aeromed Helicopter Ambulance to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Palm Beach County, Florida. Her grandparents were told that a window of 24-72 hours would determine if she would survive.
The child remained in the pediatric intensive care unit for 9 days. A medical examination showed there was brain damage due to Shaken Baby Syndrome. The extent of the brain damage was unknown. Lilly’s grandmother, Linda Ashby stayed by her side seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. Her grandfather, John Ashby, drove daily from Okeechobee, to the hospital. Although unconscious, he would sit for hours talking and singing to Lilly. He asked the nurses if they thought she could hear and understand him. They told him absolutely, keep talking and singing.
After twenty-three (23) days, in the hospital, Lilly was released to begin her long recovery at home. Doctors advised Lilly’s grandparents, that her recovery would be baby steps and she would have to go through a complete relearning process. The prognosis was still uncertain. Doctors advised that Lilly was blind and she had no motor skill control due to the brain injury. Doctors advised they would monitor her for the next twelve to eighteen months, and at the end of eighteen months, whatever her condition was at that time, that’s all that they could expect. Lilly began physical and occupational therapy, for one hour each day, five days per week and continued for five months.
Fast forward to February 17, 2011, Lilly has regained her sight completely. She has finished therapy and has recovered so well that her doctors have removed her leg braces, that she wore for three months. She now must wear fitted, high-top shoes, to help stabilize her ankles as she continues to recuperate. She does continue to see her physicians, to include a neurologist, orthopedist and an ophthalmologist in Palm Beach. Doctors are truly amazed at her progress and expect a full recovery.
The family would first of all like to thank God! They would also like to extend their heartfelt gratitude for all the prayers and helping hands that reached out in their time of need. Lilly is truly a miracle.
Michele Bell, Public Information Officer
Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office
504 NW 4th Street
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
(863)763‐ 7157 (fax)