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.
The Trauma Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the largest pediatric ACS verified Level 1 trauma centers in the nation. We see 1,600 patients each year and are supported by a wide-range of pediatric surgical sub-specialists including orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, trauma surgery, a comprehensive Pediatric Burn Program, a state-of-the-art rehabilitation program, and more.
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 Children’s Hospital. It’s because of them she is here today and doing so well,” says Amanda.
Today, Kylee is completely recovered. She is in school and doing great. She tests where she should be and is learning how to read in school. She loves books. When she is home, she loves to practice reading, writing, and coloring. And when she is out and about, she is friends with everyone she meets.