Children's Hospital Colorado

Children's Hospital Colorado Saves Teen from Severe Stroke

CBS4 | June 22, 2015
Autumn and Chris Voldrich at the Strike Out Stoke Rockies Game
Autumn and Chris Voldrich at the Strike Out Stoke Rockies Game

Autumn Voldrich was 13 years old when she suffered a hemorrhagic stroke. After complaining of a massive headache, she went into a seizure and became completely unresponsive. Her mother, Chris, called 911 and paramedics suggested that Autumn had suffered a stroke.

When it comes to stroke, time is life

Autumn was airlifted to Children’s Hospital Colorado for immediate brain surgery to fix a ruptured aneurism. When Autumn awoke from surgery, she was unable to move the right side of her body and could not speak.

Autumn spent four months at Children’s Colorado relearning how to live under the care of Dr. Jennifer Armstrong-Wells, neurologist and director of the Perinatal and Hemorrhagic Stroke Programs.

Autumn continues to progress and improve with routine check-ups 

Today at 15, Autumn has come a long way and continues to see Dr. Armstrong-Wells and her team for routine visits and to work on her motor skills and rehabilitating her body and mind. She has amazed her doctors with her progress and even threw the first pitch at the Rockies game on May 23, 2015, benefiting Strike Out Stroke. Autumn is an inspiration to many and not only a stroke survivor, but a fighter.

See additional coverage on Autumn and her story at CBS4.