13-Year-Old Suffers Stroke During Softball Game

By: Joe Chiodo, Jim Hinchik Email
By: Joe Chiodo, Jim Hinchik Email

A family opens up after an unexpected tragedy. A 13-year-old girl has a stroke while playing softball.

"She can't move her right arm or leg so I don’t know if that’ll ever come back and that terrifies me all of us." said Tirzah Hebert.

Tirzah struggles to accept what is happening to her 13-year-old daughter, Amber.

"Amber –she is the most loving child." said Tirzah.

Loving, energetic...and lively. The softball player was also thought to be healthy.

During a game last week, that all changed.

"Amber ran to second base and she collapsed. she had a seizure."

The initial Cat Scan didn't look good.

"That’s when they decided that she had a stroke." said Tirzah.

Amber is now in the ICU at Children's Hospital and Medical Center. The Hebert family is playing the waiting game.

Amber's brother's Andrew and Connor are in shock.

"That’s my baby sister and I can’t do anything." said Andrew.

"When I have to leave every night and go home and take care of the house – it hurts to have to leave her." said Connor.

They say last week the blood clot in Amber's brain advanced.

She can't move the right side of her body.

"They said that part of her brain is officially dead – there will be lasting affects but we don’t know yet." said Tirzah.

It's devastating news, but the family is focusing on signs of hope.

Amber's alertness spiked today. Doctors are now waiting to perform surgery.

"If the swelling continues they’ll have to take part of her cranium out."

Until then, Amber has a special IV they hope will help. Aside from medication...

"She's strong. She's going to fight through this. We'll get her back, I know we will." said Tirzah.

With that determination, the Hebert family returns to Amber's side where they plan to be through it all.

Amber is working with a speech therapist. Eventually, the family hopes she will get better and head to Madonna Rehab Center in Lincoln.

A donation fund has been set up to cover medical expenses.

You can donate at any Wells Fargo Bank. Just mention Amber Hebert's name.


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