A life-changing moment
At age 18, Sophia Dempsey had a stroke.
During a routine day in 2010, the then-college student felt ill and decided to stay home from class. Her boyfriend at the time, Joe, didn’t hear from her the next morning, so he checked on her and found her unresponsive. She was rushed to the hospital where she remained unconscious for two weeks. When she woke, she had little control over her body – and little hope of recovery.
“Initially, the outlook was extremely negative,” Joe, now Sophia’s husband, says. “[The doctors] explained that there had been quite a lot of damage done to her brain and that those parts of the brain could never recover.”