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Teen Hit By Lightning Slowly Improving
CINCINNATI (WKRC) A Loveland teenager who was hit by lightning at summer camp in June is making expected and noticeable progress, according to his doctor. 13-year old Ethan Kadish, (who was 12 at the time of the accident on June 29th), has been hospitalized at Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center for ten weeks, and faces many more months of inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, perhaps even years.
Ethan was teaching younger children at the Goldman Union Institute camp near Indianapolis how to play ultimate Frisbee when the lightning struck, a bolt out of the blue, one of his parents says, on a day where lightning was not expected. Ethan suffered cardiac arrest and loss of blood supply to the brain.
At Childrens, he has been undergoing physical, occupational, and speech therapy, and has regained some range of motion in his extremities, and responds to therapy, according to Dr. David Pruitt, the director of pediatric inpatient rehabilitation at the hospital. However, Ethan is not able to stand nor move on his own, and cannot talk. Dr. Pruitt says Ethan should know what is going on. I think anybody who has any type of brain injury is aware of whats going on in his environment, so when we work with Ethan we talk to Ethan. Hes unable to express how hes feeling, but he is aware of his environment and responds to his environment.
Ethans parents, Scott and Alexia Kadish joined Dr. Pruitt at the news conference. Both parents said they have noticed progress in their son, but it has been on Ethan time, the need to realize that Ethans progress will be very slow. There is no prognosis as to how long his rehab will take, and what the ultimate outcome will be. As long as this Friday is better than the previous Friday, were making progress, Scott Kadish says. And adds Alexia, neither Scott nor I will set any limits on his recovery. Well keep the door open and let him soar as high as he is going to soar.
Ethans rehab expenses will far outpace what insurance will cover. A fund-raising campaign has been set up through the web site, www.helphopelive.org.