There are times when you hear a story so beautiful that your heart stops; your mind stops; heck, the whole world stops. There are stories that take your biased view of the world, shake it up and put everything back into perspective. One such story is that of Tiffany Verzal and her daughter Alexis.
Alexis in recovery and after
Vrezal’s story makes for one of the most beautiful TED X presentations I’ve seen in a long time (and I’ve seen a lot of them).
At the age of 14-months, Tiffany Verzal’s daughter Alexis suffered severe head trauma after being the victim of abuse at the hands of her Texan daycare provider.
After examining Alexis, medical professionals informed Tiffany and husband Brandon that Alexis would never fully recover; she would never talk or walk. They gave Alexis’ parents two choices: take Alexis home, as she was, and “see what happens” or find a rehabilitation hospital.
Tiffany and Brandon chose to fight for Alexis by taking her to the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska. What happened from there on turned tragedy into one of the most heart warming stories you’re likely to watch in a long time, and also provided a clear and powerful message about the state of health care in America.