Alex Tagliani #22  ::  Nationwide Children's Hospital

Alex Tagliani #22

Driving for Patient Champion, Kylee 

Birthdate: October 18, 1973
Hometown: Lachenaie, Quebec
Resides: Indianapolis, Indiana
Hobbies: Racing IndyCar & NASCAR, karting, bowling, swimming, cycling, video gameson an exciting driver announcement. 
Twitter: @tagliani
Team: Penske
 

Meet Kylee L.

Hometown: Grove City, Ohio
Age: 6
Diagnosis: Severe Traumatic Brain Injury-Stroke
 
January 27, 2011 was a typical day. Two-year-old Kylee was in her car seat in the back and she and her mother were traveling along in their car. All was fine.

That all changed in an instant when they were involved in a horrible car accident. Kylee was immediately rushed to Nationwide Children's Hospital and treated for several traumatic injuries including a depressed skull fracture, a subarachnoid hemorrhage, frontal lobe contusions and renal lacerations. Her treatment included a decompressive hemicraniectomy, a neurosurgical procedure in which part of the skull is removed to allow room for a swelling brain to expand. She also underwent evacuation of a subdural hemorrhage, and more. And then little Kylee, who was in a coma, was placed on life support.
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The Trauma Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the largest pediatric ACS verified Level 1 trauma centers in the nation. We see 1,600 patients each year and are supported by a wide-range of pediatric surgical sub-specialists including orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, trauma surgery, a comprehensive Pediatric Burn Program, a state-of-the-art rehabilitation program, and more.

Through the multidisciplinary services that Kylee received at Nationwide Children’s, she slowly began to recover. “Nationwide Childrens Hospital saved my daughter’s life. I owe them everything. The severity of her injuries and her expected outcome were terrifying, but they never gave up on Kylee. I believe she received the best possible care being there at Nationwide Children's Hospital. It's because of them she is here today and doing so well,” says Amanda.

Today, 6-year-old Kylee is completely recovered. She is in kindergarten and doing great. She tests where she should be and is learning how to read in school. She loves books. When she is home, she loves to practice reading, writing, and coloring. And when she is out and about, she is friends with everyone she meets. She is looking forward to meeting her new friends at Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 and grateful for the fundraising they are doing to help Nationwide Children's Hospital, the place that helps kids like her when tragedy strikes. 

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