September 27, 2022

Reno substantial school senior walks at graduation soon after traumatic brain injury

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) – Wednesday was a specific day for a single high college senior who practically never ever created it to this working day.

More than a few yrs in the past, the spouse and children of Felicity Cueva arrived at a Reno Medical center, anticipating the worst.

“The fears of any mother each time their children go out ended up coming legitimate,” mentioned Felicity’s mom, Veronica Cueva.

The then 17-year-old was riding a motorbike with a mate when they hit a patch of ice on the road at higher velocity and missing handle.

“Her arm does not go, at all, and then with the still left side, she has what is named spasticity so she does not have that motor perform that we all usually do,” stated Veronica.

Felicity experienced a traumatic mind damage and experienced to re-understand how to take in, stroll and discuss.

“The way she communicated was with a massive board with the alphabet on it and she used her foot to spell things out,” said Veronica. “That was the only way for her to connect her feelings and what she essential.”

“It was so freaking irritating like becoming ready to feel just what you want to say and have to spell it out totally and the right way for any person to fully grasp,” mentioned Felicity.

About 8 months right after the crash, she was undertaking college from residence.

“We had to set up all varieties of specialised products and academics have been coming in and out, therapists had been coming in and out, which annoyed her occasionally also,” explained Veronica. “She just wanted to relaxation.”

Graham Kirby is a teacher and situation supervisor at Robert McQueen Large University. When he initially started off working with Felicity, he was doubtful of how significantly she could progress but rapidly realized she had a tremendous quantity of struggle in her.

“There was absolutely a whole lot of ups and downs but boy, she just enhanced every single day and had the most effective individuality,” explained Mr. Kirby.

Restoration was not quick and at instances slow.

“They actually said they did not feel she would be capable to graduate, at all. It would be much too complicated for her to get the credits she required with her cognitive capacity,” said Veronica.

By January of 2020, Felicity experienced returned to faculty but not for prolonged. At the time COVID strike, she experienced to get employed to virtual understanding.

“One of the most difficult periods that is in my memory is when we had been strolling back again by way of McQueen and they experienced a enormous 2020 graduation wall up and she just… Broke down and commenced crying ‘cause her image was not up there,” explained Veronica as she obtained emotional, remembering her daughter’s soreness.

Even when her family members and Mr. Kirby held pushing her, Felicity claims she continue to seasoned melancholy.

“I just feel like, why did I are worthy of this? Why did this transpire to me?” But she knew that as soon as down, the only way is up.

On Wednesday evening, June 8 the now 20-12 months-outdated walked throughout the phase and grew to become a significant school graduate. An accomplishment, she admits took a great deal of will of electric power but also a good guidance technique.

“I could not have finished it devoid of you, thank you,” reported Felicity although hugging Mr. Kirby who claimed, “You would’ve performed it with out me.”

“When this incident transpired and they informed me that her cognitive level is just not where it should really be for her to graduate, I considered to myself ‘I truly feel like you don’t know who Felicity is’,” claimed Veronica Cueva.

“It’s unquestionably been the spotlight of my occupation,” reported Mr. Kirby. “This is why we’re teachers, for Felicity.”

He adds the school and all her teachers are happy of the young girl.

Felicity is going to Truckee Meadows Community Faculty to turn out to be a trauma counselor and the spouse and children is performing on finding her additional machines that can aid her be extra independent.

Ahead of the incident, the significant faculty graduate suggests she utilised to go out a good deal and consume liquor but gave that up simply because of this knowledge. She now places much more worth on her household and hopes her tale will encourage other people to do the similar.

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