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Published November 14, 2013, 09:48 PM

Lexi and Her Road to Recovery

Denver, CO (WDAY TV) - If you and your family have ever been thrown into the chaos of a medical crisis, you know the roller-coaster ride you endure - and no family has experienced that the past few months like the Bolstads of Fargo.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Denver, CO (WDAY TV) - If you and your family have ever been thrown into the chaos of a medical crisis, you know the roller-coaster ride you endure - and no family has experienced that the past few months like the Bolstads of Fargo.

In one brief moment, Lexi Bolstad's life was changed forever by a freak accident and a traumatic brain injury that nearly took her life. She had touch and go days - then hope. Now, rehab and promises of recovery. As we continue our reports from Craig Hospital in Denver, where a dozen North Dakotans have been this past month alone, we catch up with the Bolstads and Lexi's incredible journey.

Smack dab in the heart of Denver where the snowcapped mountains meet the city, there is a hospital that proudly says it is redefining possible. Today, we catch up with Lexi Bolstad, a Fargo Davies High School senior, who just turned 18, and is herself redefining possible. Lexi is turning to the sport she loves in her rehab – basketball – aiding in her recovery.

Jon Bolstad – Lexi’s Dad: “It’s full days, yeah.”

Progress may appear slow to some, but the fact her family nearly lost her following the accident, the numerous setbacks and the sometimes bleak prognosis makes moments like these memorable.

Jon Bolstad: “From where we were at Essentia; for three weeks she was unconscious, to where we are now, where she can walk with a walker with a little bit of help, and what she is doing in therapy, it is amazing what the human body can do.”

Today, one Fargo woman is helping another. Therese Guthrie grew up in Fargo. She's been at Craig for years as an occupational therapist.

Therese Guthrie – Craig Hospital OT: “If I can’t motivate her and pick what she likes and chooses, I’m not doing my job. I want to do a good job – a good job for everyone, but especially if they were born and raised in North Dakota”

Lexi continues with daily therapy, including speech therapy. She communicates often with her big smile, or hands or bright eyes. Again, her family is reminded how far she has come. Wins may be small on some days - but they are still wins.

Jon Bolstad: “Walk around the hallways here and you see the shape that some of the patients are in, and Lexi is doing great compared to some of them. It’s really a humbling thing here; to come here and see the injuries some of the people have and how far they can come.”

The Bolstad family’s goal is to get Lexi out of the hospital around Thanksgiving, and to leave Craig walking on her own. In the meantime, one thing certainly has changed: perspective.

Jon Bolstad: “It really has. Little things don’t bother you anymore, because life is so precious, you know? You just don't care about that; all you care about is seeing Lex recover. It’s made our family a lot closer, I know that.”

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