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Beaver Local volleyball player back to school full-time after suffering stroke

Lauren Thomas' family said her progress in recovery has been a miracle

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) - Just over four months ago, we introduced you to Lauren Thomas -- a Beaver Local High School volleyball player who suffered a stroke during a volleyball camp last summer. Now, Lauren is out of the hospital and back to school full-time.

On November 16, Lauren got to walk out of Akron Children's Hospital for good. Although things are not completely back to normal, she continues to overcome all of the things she was told she couldn't do.

Everything she does is a miracle -- that's how Lauren's family described her progress.

"We've been told if somebody seen her scans, then she shouldn't be able to talk, shouldn't be able to walk," said Huck Hughes, Lauren's uncle.

It's been less than a year since Lauren suffered from a stoke at volleyball camp.

Her recovery involves practicing writing and speaking.

"When you consider two-thirds of the left side of her brain is damaged and that's her speech side, I think she's doing pretty amazing," said Marla Hughes, Lauren's aunt.

It's been a long journey but Lauren and her family find encouragement in the little things.

"It's the one day she moves her fingers a quarter of an inch," Huck said.

"That was a little more than she did the day before," Marla added.

Toward the end of November, Lauren started back to school full-time.

"I think the first day, she did a half-day and then the second day, she was like, 'I'm staying all day,'" Marla said.

Lauren loves math, even getting 100 percent on one of her tests.

We asked her how it feels to be back with her friends.

"I love it," she said. "It's been so good. I love it."

Shortly after, Lauren went to homecoming and hit the dance floor.

"It was really fun. We went out to dinner and stuff. I loved it," she said.

The road ahead is uncertain but day by day, Lauren beats the odds -- all while keeping 
a positive attitude.

"One day I was helping her put her shoes on and I said, 'Why did this have to happen to you? It's not fair.' And she said, 'It's OK.' She's just always positive, happy," Marla said.


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