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Continued: Brain injury patient Ellie Cizek fights for time and money

  • Article by: JEREMY OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 13, 2013 - 7:27 AM

The last couple of months have felt like a typical teenage summer, with Cizek relaxing at home and enjoying her family and friends.

But her father remains persistent, quizzing her every night with memory questions such as: “How many cards are in a deck?” and, “How many states are in the U. S.?” For now, her answer to both is “52.”

Her father said he hopes that the coming of fall, when Cizek’s friends leave for college and the social calendar dries up, will give his daughter a cue that she needs to stick with therapy and seek a return to Omaha.

She will visit Kansas next week and talk with a university administrator about disability services and what level of independence she will need to reach before she can return.

“I want her to set some goals,” her father said, “and then achieve those goals.”

 

Jeremy Olson • 612-673-7744

 

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