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April 2, 2013

‘Miracle Girl’ may be headed home


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Miller said Jaden had started tackling reading all of the posts from local community members posted to “Prayers for Jaden” in support of her and her family. And the young girl is beginning to get antsy — she’s ready to return to school, and she’s worried about falling behind, said Miller.
“I just told her she’s going to move right on with the rest of the class,” said Miller, who spent the weekend up in Lexington with Jaden and the family. 
Should Jaden be able to return to school this year, she’ll most likely have to attend for half-days until her strength returns, according to Miller. 
Miller said there is still a long way yet to go. Jaden every day incurs three total hours of therapy — broken down into speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy — that leaves the young girl exhausted. 
“She just drops in the bed (after therapy) and takes a two-hour nap,” said Miller.
That therapy will have to continue once Jaden returns home on an outpatient basis. 
Questions still exist about how much damage was done to Jaden’s vision in her left eye, the eye with the broken eye socket. Miller said doctors thought she may not regain her vision in that eye, but Jaden, exceeding expectations again, began to see blurry figures through her left eye over the weekend. 
“We’ve been really concentrating on and praying for her vision,” said Miller.
Jaden’s likely discharge from Cardinal Hill is an exciting one for the Jasper family, but a scary one as well. Miller said Jaden still needs lots of care. 
But Jaden’s family and friends — including the thousands who have followed her recovery through the “Prayers for Jaden” Facebook page — are optimistic about what lies ahead for the young girl.

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