Rose’s Story

Polaroid picture of Rose.

Getting Back to the Things Little Girls Love

Just days before her seventh birthday, Rose experienced a brain bleed caused by a congenital malformation of veins. Surgeons, doctors, and nurses at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines saved her life, but the stroke left her unable to eat, walk, or use her left hand.

Rose came to the Transitional Care Unit at ChildServe, and she spent nearly a month here, performing intensive physical, occupational, and speech therapy. When she left, therapists had her eating regular food, running, skipping, and stringing beads with her left hand. Today, Rose is not only back in school, but she is also back in her hip-hop dance and gymnastics classes.