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7th grader recovering after brain surgery

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Bailey Roddy

What started off as a fun day of holiday shopping turned into one local family's biggest nightmare. Today the Roddy family asks for prayers in the recovery of Bailey Roddy.

Bailey, 13, and a 7th grader at Carroll Oakland, was shopping with her grandmother and had just enjoyed lunch in Mt. Juliet when she was suddenly hit with what she described as a "blinding headache." The girl's grandmother took her to a local walk-in clinic where they advised she go to a hospital.

On the way to University Medical Center in Lebanon, Bailey passed out in the car and became physically ill. An ambulance took her to UMC. From there, she was LifeFlighted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

"They took a piece of bone out of her head and did one surgery that day," said her father, Phillip Roddy. "She had a brain AVM rupture, which is similar to an aneurism but much more intense."

Roddy said until that day Bailey was a healthy, active seventh grader at Carroll Oakland. "She plays volleyball - she's not an inactive kid."

Following the initial surgery, Bailey had a temporary drain placed in her head to alleviate pressure. On Tuesday this week she had another surgery to place a shunt which runs from her skull into her abdomen.

"We've been here at Vanderbilt for 30 days," Phillip said. Upon being released from Vanderbilt Bailey will go to an inpatient children's rehab center in Atlanta.

"It is a place where she will stay, and they allow one parent to stay with them 24/7," he added. Bailey's mother April Roddy will be going with her to the rehab facility.

"We are just hoping that she will continue to take steps forward," April said. "She is a strong little girl - if anybody can do it she can."

April added that although a GoFundMe.com account has been set up to help with Bailey's medical bills, more than anything the family is asking for prayers during this difficult time. According to the website, more than 80 people have donated nearly $13,000 since the account was established.

"Pray for her recovery and for her to be strong," she said.

Roddy is employed at Mayekawa and said the company has been very helpful during this difficult time. Several coworkers donated their own time-off to Roddy so that he could be with his daughter at the hospital.

Bailey's Go Fund Me account can be found at http://www.gofundme.com/iz8wtk.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

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