- On February 27, 2017
Andrew Ochoa, an Arizona teenager, suffered a traumatic brain hemorrhage in October 2016. Frequent headaches worsened and undiagnosed abnormal blood vessels in Ochoa’s brain had ruptured, causing a hemorrhage, strokes and major brain damage. A CareMeridian Phoenix patient, Andrew is now working hard every day on recovery. Although he is currently in state of non-verbal low-level functionality, his friend Hunter Higgins has stated that “He is a fighter. He’s never going to give up.” Andrew requires assistance at this stage to complete every tasks like eating. In the last week, Fox 10 Phoenix reported on a major fundraiser held at Verrado High School where Andrew was a stand-out football player.
AZCentral.com reported in February 2017 on Andrew’s recovery at CareMeridian Phoenix. “With these types of patients, we never really know how much they’re understanding what we are asking them to do or how much they understand what’s going on with them,” said Amie Graham, director of nursing at Care Meridian in Phoenix, where Ochoa is a patient. “Obviously I wouldn’t be in this line of work if I didn’t believe every single patient has potential or hope. I believe Andrew has all the potential in the world; we just gotta get it,” she said.
In the time he has been at CareMeridian Phoenix, friends and family say they have seen him progress quickly in a way that gives them hope. His arms, which were locked on his chest, now rest by his side. His left eye is opening more.