The Bliayang Family
My daughter's name is Kayla and she is 14 years old. Born and raised in Saint Paul, Minnesota, she lives with her parents and two brothers. She has a large family consisting of a great-grandmother, four grandparents, eleven (that is 11) uncles, one aunt, and all their extended families (28 cousins to be exact). She started high school this year and joined the girl's volleyball team. She began practice with her team over the summer and into the fall. On the evening of Friday, November 13th, 2020, she returned home and had a medical emergency in which was unable to speak or move. She was immediately taken to Children's Hospital in Saint Paul. The Emergency Department did an amazing job stabilizing her and ordered a CAT scan of her head. It was then determined that she suffered a brain bleed and a tumor was found in her brain. Four days later, she had a successful surgery for resection of the tumor and she remains in the hospital for recovery. She is making big strides each day and at times, each hour; though they seem slow and she may take a step back before going forward, they are nothing short of miraculous. She is determined more than ever and motivated to get back to the life and family that are waiting for her. The plan is for her to transition to an inpatient rehab facility for however long that may be. It is going to be a long journey and we are going to work as long and as hard as we have to. She deserves the best opportunity possible and with the help of family, friends, and her medical team she will have the life that she deserves.