Posted on October 31, 2010 · Posted in Brain Injury

Ariana McGuire is doing pretty well for someone who was shot in the face with an arrow.

The Star-Ledger of Newark on Friday did a Page One profile of Ariana, an 8-year-old girl who was accidentally hit by an arrow by a boy who was practicing  archery in a backyard. The arrow entered Ariana’s face beneath her nose and her right eye, and wound up severing a cerebral artery. The arrow landed in the temporal lobe of the girl’s brain.

That accident took place three months ago, and Ariana is now in the PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick undergoing her recovery. She suffered a stroke and an aneurysm from the arrow, and the injury to the left side of her brain robbed her of her ability to talk or control the right side of her body, according to The Ledger.

Today, following eight surgeries and two months of rehab, plucky Ariana is is walking and talking again. 

After the accident doctors had put Ariana in a medically induced coma for two weeks, and took off part of her skull so her swollen brain would have room to expand.

Ariana’s doctors were honest when they were interviewed by The Ledger. Although Ariana has made a lot of progress, she has a long way to go and will likely have permanent side effects from the accident. 

But she has stunned her doctors with the strides she’s made, and will be going home this week.         

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Attorney Gordon S. Johnson, Jr.
Past Chair Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, American Association of Justice :: 800-992-9447