Surviving a stroke at age 15

Rob and Caitlyn’s story

A flight nurse sits and talks with his former patient about her upcoming concert. The girl expresses her excitement and talks about the time she has spent with her clarinet preparing. This girl’s name is Caitlyn, and at 15 years old, she had a stroke.

Caitlyn’s mother found her lying on the living room floor complaining of a headache and struggling to speak. Recognizing these could be signs of a stroke, her mother called 911 and she was rushed in an ambulance to Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center.

From there, Caitlyn was airlifted by the Spirit flight crew to the Stroke Center at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. Her flight nurse, Rob, stayed by her side providing constant reassurance the entire time. He later visited Caitlyn in the ICU and gave her flight wings as a gift.

So now, as Rob looks at this courageous young lady, preparing to play her clarinet in a big concert, he can’t help but remember the day he met her and how far she has come since then. With Rob’s help, Caitlyn not only has a story to tell, she has a life to live and a song to play.

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