FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: An inspiring teen learning to live again after brain surgery complications
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Leah Paul is a beautiful and talented 13-year-old who suffered two hematomas in her head during a surgery last August that nearly took her life.
The surgeon had to perform an emergency craniotomy, where a very large section was cut out of her skull to relieve the pressure. Soon after the surgery, Leah also suffered a stroke, which has left her right side mostly paralyzed.
Leah was in the intensive care unit for some time before being moved to the traumatic brain injury floor of Primary Children’s Hospital.
Miraculously, Leah has returned home and is relearning how to walk, talk and establish her new normal routine.
We decided to surprise Leah’s family with some gift cards at a local restaurant (they rarely get out to eat as a family) and some gift cards to a home improvement store. The Pauls are making improvements to their home to help Leah get around a little easier.
Watch the video above to see the surprise!
A GoFundMe account has been established to help pay for Leah’s medical bills. Click here for information.