Lexie's Story: "Don't Give Up"
Eleven-year-old Lexie Bolds was having fun visiting a
friend in Jasper, Texas, when she was involved in an accident that left
her with a broken neck and arm. She injured vertebrae C2-C4 and injured
her spinal cord at C4.
Rushed to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center by Life Flight® helicopter, Lexie had surgery to fuse the bones in her neck together. She spent the next three weeks in the Pediatric ICU at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.
Completely paralyzed from the neck down, Lexie was transferred to TIRR Memorial Hermann in
May. Over the following six weeks, under the medical direction of Juan
LaTorre, M.D., Lexie learned how to sit up, stand up, walk and feed
herself – basically learning how to do everything all over again.
A month after being released as an inpatient, Lexie came back for another six weeks of Day Rehabilitation
at TIRR to improve the control of her hands and fine motor skills,
including buttoning her clothes, tying her shoe laces and putting in and
removing her contact lenses.
Lexie is back on her soccer team, enjoying the sport she
once played competitively. Her left arm and hand are not completely
recovered, but are now very functional and getting stronger each day
with the therapy skills she learned at TIRR.
Lexie began the eighth grade in the fall of 2008. An honor roll
student, she plans to work towards her goal of becoming a neurosurgeon.