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Fundraiser set Saturday to help local girl

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Carroll Oakland 7th Grader Bailey Roddy has spent more than two months at an impatient rehabilitation center in Atlanta after enduring a brain AVM rupture just before Christmas.

Bailey, 13, was shopping with her grandmother on Dec. 13, 2014 when she was hit with what she described as a "blinding headache." The grandmother was advised by a nearby walk-in clinic to take Bailey to the hospital.

On the way to University Medical Center in Lebanon, Bailey passed out in the car and became ill.

An ambulance took her to UMC; from there she was LifeFlighted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Following surgery, the family spent a month at Vanderbilt before being released to the children's rehab.

Her mother, April, said Wednesday that Bailey is still working very hard at recovery.

"She is becoming very aware and is just trapped in a body that she can't get to work right.

Slowly, she is finding connections to make everything happen. She has much better control over her legs, and her upper body is coming along," she said. "She is able to answer 'yes' or 'no' with thumbs up or down now. The fact that she still can't talk is very frustrating for her but she is able to make some sounds, so we are hopeful that speaking is close."

April said they will be transitioning home and to outpatient therapies soon, and they are incredibly grateful for the community support they have received.

"It is truly amazing how the community has come together to help Bailey. Complete strangers have prayed and donated their time and money," she said. "I will never be able to express how grateful I am or say thank you enough."

The car show will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Snow White Drive-In owner Billy Wyatt said trophies were donated by O'Reilly Autoparts. There will also be a silent auction and T-shirt sale.

Bailey has over 1,400 followers on Facebook. Her page is called "Go Bailey Go."

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at

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