Due home this weekend to begin extensive therapy after brain surgery to rid her of recurring seizures, Olivia Davis has surprised her family by being released from the hospital earlier than expected.
In one of her ongoing updates to friends and well-wishers as well as the Marco Eagle, mom Stephanie explains.
“Amazingly,” she says, “Olivia has already met her initial goals for this phase of therapy.
“We expected to be here for another few weeks, so this was an enormous surprise to (husband) Bruce and me. We are all very excited to be together again and have Olivia at home to begin the next phase of recovery.”
Davis said her younger daughter is now able to stand up by herself and walk for short distances with very little assistance.
She won’t need a wheelchair in the house, but will need it for longer distances outside and within the community, Davis says.
Further, Olivia is learning to dress herself with one hand, and is becoming more independent every day.
“She has been such an inspiration for many patients in the rehab unit, and interacts well with all the older patients and her therapists,” Davis continues.
“Her left arm has shown no signs of movement yet, so that is our only disappointment.
It is still very early and we’ll continue to focus on that in outpatient therapy and at home.”
As a treat, the youngster was given a hospital “day pass” to enjoy a birthday party for her sister Natalie, held at a hotel next door to Miami Children’s Hospital.
“She floated in the pool, played ball and so enjoyed being in the ‘regular’ world for a day,” Stephanie Davis says. “Psychologically, going home will be the best therapy yet.”
In the meantime, arrangements for a 2 p.m. June 7 fund-raiser at Mackle Park to help the family with huge and ongoing medical expenses are going full-steam ahead.
Registration (at Paradise Sports, on San Marco Road across from Ace Hardware) is $20, and food, music and drinks will be available.
People wishing to assist financially can call organizer Missy Prange at 394-0414.