Silva has relocated to the Pinecrest Rehab Center and is undergoing four or five hours of rehab every day: speech, occupational and physiotherapy. She’s very much looking forward to getting back to Pennsylvania. I drove home to Aiken through the night while Anne Laver stepped in at Silva’s bedside.
Silva’s mum Christa is arriving tomorrow from Germany and she’s going to meet up with Silva in Palm Beach. We are waiting for Silva’s neurosurgeon to give her the okay to travel, and as soon as she gets the all clear she and her mum will head up to PA to the Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital in Malvern. From all reports that’s the number one place to get Silva back to 100%.
At the moment she’s mentally sharp as a tack and her neurosurgeon assures me that as time goes on and the blood is reabsorbed into her body, her balance, sight and speech will improve. There’s no question it’s a pretty serious injury and will take time to heal, but if you give this kind of thing enough time things usually come back to 100%.
Team Physician Mark Hart has been phenomenal throughout this ordeal – every day I’m in communication with Mark and he’s been brilliant at explaining what’s going on; he reads the scans and tells what we can expect. It’s great to have him advocating for us and supporting us through this experience.
I can’t tell you how much we appreciate the support of our group of owners and sponsors. Obviously we’re in for a rough time but we’ll be able to get through it thanks to an awesome group of people around us.