On October 21st, 2017 after a collision during her hockey game, Kristen was rushed to Brampton Civic Hospital where doctors did a CT scan and found blood in her brain. She was then airlifted to Sick Kids Hospital where she was diagnosed with an Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM), a hemorrhage of the blood vessels in the brain. An operation was performed to drain the fluid and she was heavily sedated. A few days later her medical team decided to perform an angiogram to prevent a re-bleed but were unsuccessful. A week later, the AVM re-bled and she was rushed into surgery again where part of her cranium was removed, followed by yet another angiogram. Another trying week followed, and further difficulties lead to a third angiogram being performed. During this time, she battled to keep her vitals at bay with her family keeping watch at her bedside, before slowly starting to show signs of improvement.
In all, Kristen has endured multiple surgeries, CT scans, and MRIs. As she started to recover, she had no movement on the left side of her body and has required extensive rehab to teach her brain to reuse her hand and walk again. She also needed to relearn how to breathe, eat and drink on her own. After a lengthy stay at Sick Kids, she was then transferred to Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital to continue her recovery.
Now an out patient at Holland Bloorview, she receives therapy for damaged areas in her brain and to rehabilitate her memory and simple things like counting and strengthening her short-term memory. For her recovery, she will continuously need therapy for the damaged areas in her brain that may not be used now but will be later in life. Throughout, Kristen has displayed an amazing determination to recover. Her will and drive to get better is an inspiration to her parents Marcel and Lori, and younger sister Ava.
Any donations are greatly appreciated, with all funds raised going to Kristen’s family to help with the costs associated with her recovery, many of which are not covered by OHIP. You can follow Kristen's progress via Twitter at www.twitter.com/Saroli09
Thank you for your support!
Brampton Canadettes Girls Hockey Association
- Mississauga Chiefs Peewee DS (minor team) 17/18
- Mississauga Chiefs PWBB 2017/18
- Guelph Jr Gryphons Novice B 2017/2018
- Michele Weaver-Vitale
Organizer and beneficiary
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