Little Lila Boehme had a rough start to her young life. At just 3 months old, the infant contracted Meningitis.
"It was the scariest thing I think a parent would ever have to go through. It was very surreal, you just don't know what's happening. You just see your baby in distress and I can't even describe to you what I was feeling at that time," said Lila's Mom Ashley Boehme.
The effects of the disease erased the short months of Lila's life experiences, putting her a step back in physical development.
"She wasn't really able to hold up her head, she wasn't able to roll, she was pretty much functioning like a one or two month old, " said BVRC Clinical Director Corissa Smith.
"As a parent you don't want to hear that your child is lacking a lot. Hearing them say that as a five month old she was functioning as a one month old, that's scary," said Boehme.
But now after three months of rehabilitation at the Brazos Valley Rehab Center, Lila is re-learning those skills that come so naturally to babies like rolling over and holding her own weight.
"Looking at her, you would think she's just a normal baby. You'd never know anything happened to her. I'm very proud of her and the progress she has made. I take any little tiny thing that she does and I just blow it up," said Boehme.
And now Lila's personality is really starting to shine. At such a young age, the little ones "can do" attitude is quite obvious.
"She's got the best outlook on life, the best personality, she's always happy. She's just a joy to be around really. She is a different baby and her personality comes out more and more every single day," said Boehme.
And it's that kind of progress that has Lila's Mom and the folks at the BRVC looking forward to the rest of this little girl's journey.
"Lila has a great future ahead of her. She's a hard worker already, you can tell at just a few months she's motivated to get better and I think she's going to go on and just accomplish everything she wants to do," said Smith.
"I would love for her to sit on the floor and just smash into her cupcake for her first birthday. That would just be a blessing to me," said Boehme.
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