January 27, 2011 was a typical day. Two-year-old Kylee was in her car seat in the back and she and her mother were traveling along in their car. All was fine.
That all changed in an instant when they were involved in a horrible car accident. Kylee was immediately rushed to Nationwide Children's Hospital and treated for several traumatic injuries including a depressed skull fracture, a subarachnoid hemorrhage, frontal lobe contusions and renal lacerations. Her treatment included a decompressive hemicraniectomy, a neurosurgical procedure in which part of the skull is removed to allow room for a swelling brain to expand. She also underwent evacuation of a subdural hemorrhage, and more. And then little Kylee, who was in a coma, was placed on life support.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of only three freestanding Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Centers in Ohio. We are able to ensure a seamless transition to our inpatient rehabilitation program. In fact, our average time from onset of incident/injury to admission for rehabilitation is consistently lower than national averages. All of the physician specialists on our Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation team are pediatric trained. And because we are located within a leading pediatric medical institution, the third largest children’s hospital in the nation, we are able to offer a complete continuum of care all under one roof. Patients have direct access to a range of medical specialties including, but not limited to, Critical Care, Surgery, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Radiology and Pulmonary Medicine.
Through the multidisciplinary services that Kylee received at Nationwide Children’s, she slowly began to recover. “Nationwide Childrens Hospital saved my daughter’s life. I owe them everything. The severity of her injuries and her expected outcome were terrifying, but they never gave up on Kylee. I believe she received the best possible care being there at Nationwide Childrens Hospital. It's because of them she is here today and doing so well,” says Amanda, Kylee’s mom.
Today, 7-year-old Kylee is completely recovered. She loves school. When she is home, she loves to read, write, and color. And when she is out and about, she is friends with everyone she meets.
Teams paired with Kylee:
- Stow Munroe Falls
- St Ignatius
- Walsh Jesuit