Pediatric strokes are extremely rare. When Lancaster High School student Alyssa Garris suffered a stroke after cleft lip and palate surgery in June 2010, the doctors on her case had a hard time giving her parents a proper prognosis.
They couldn’t even tell Mika and Mark Garris what the future held for their daughter.
“It was a really, really tough thing to hear,” Mika said. “We go in expecting a routine surgery and plan to be going home in two or three days, and it turned out she didn’t come home for seven weeks.”