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Woman speaks out year after beating massive brain bleed

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Skylar Vumback is speaking out after battling a massive brain bleed (submitted) Skylar Vumback is speaking out after battling a massive brain bleed (submitted)

A young woman is walking and talking again just one year after suffering a massive brain bleed.

Now, Skylar Vumback and her parents want everyone to know the warning signs, so another family doesn't have to go through the same thing.

Last fall, Vumback had just started classes at Three Rivers Community College. She was studying to become a dental hygienist and working two jobs. But something kept getting in her way.

"I would have to leave class and have to leave work because I would have huge headache,” Vumback said.  

Finally, one Friday morning it was so bad, she called her mom.

"She's like get up here immediately, my head is about to explode,” Skylar’s mother Marilee Sarrazin said. “I can't hear well. I can't see well."

They rushed to the hospital and just minutes after arriving, Skylar Vumback had a seizure.

It was a brain AVM, which is an abnormal tangle of blood vessels in her head that bled into her brain. It was a long wait in the hospital for her parents.

"Is she going to have permanent brain damage? Will she ever be herself again,” Marilee Sarrazin said. “Because we were getting all kinds of scenarios from the nurses and the doctors."

Skylar Vumback was in a coma for nine days. Doctors had to remove part of her skull. Finally, she woke up, but with a rough road ahead.

"I couldn't walk. I couldn't go to school. I couldn't go to work. I couldn't do anything,” Skylar Vumback said. “I would literally just lay in bed."

Skylar Vumback said she had to re-learn almost everything, including how to talk.

"I was pretty much like a baby all over again,” Skylar Vumback said.

But after a stay in the hospital, followed by group therapy and now outpatient therapy two days a week at Gaylord Hospital, she's made tremendous progress.

 "We're really proud of her. she's amazing,” Marilee Sarrazin said. “She's an inspiration to us all - every day amazes me."

She's still working to regain sight in her right eye, but hopes to get back to school soon. This time, Skylar Vumback said she wants to become an occupational therapist herself.

"I would love to help people,” Skylar Vumback said.

Skylar Vumback and her family will be at the walk for thought this upcoming Sunday at Rentschler field. It kicks off at 11 a.m.

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