Ashanti – Hero of the Month

Name: Ashanti
Age: 17
State: San Antonio, TX
Facility: CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital

Hero of the Month Girl

Ashanti was an overachieving high school senior who was President of her senior class, but was involved in an unfortunate accident where she sustained a gunshot wound to her left leg at a party in January of 2010. Ashanti was rushed to University Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Ashanti lost large amounts of blood due to the injury and was in a coma for almost a week. Doctors were able to save Ashanti’s leg, but the extent of her injury was inconclusive. Ashanti suffered many complications from her gunshot wound. She developed Compartment syndrome. She had to have a fasciotomy on four places on her injured leg to relieve pressure from the Compartment Syndrome. At the four sites Ashanti had to have four separate wound vacs, which required painful dressing changes multiple times a week. Ashanti was transferred to CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital in March, following a long stay at University Hospital. Ashanti was transferred to receive physical therapy and occupational therapy, in order to regain strength in her leg with hopes of being able to walk again one day.

From day one, Ashanti has had a positive attitude and has been self motivated to work hard and reach her goal. Even when Ashanti was tired or didn’t feel well, she never quit. Ashanti has missed most of the second semester of her senior year of high school and is eager to return to see her friends, to go to senior prom and graduate with her fellow classmates. Ashanti hopes to attend Howard University in the fall where she will study architecture and interior design.

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