In 1990, Allison Short was living in Columbia, Maryland. She was 12 and was running a fever of 104. She had a stiff neck, had lost use of the left side of her body. She couldn’t walk. She couldn’t smile. A spinal tap diagnosed her with Spinal Meningitis and she was taken to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. When she talks about that time in her life, she can’t help but cry, even now.
It was there, at Johns Hopkins, she met Dr. Ben Carson. Dr. Carson performed surgery to go into her brain to access one of the more than 50 abscesses seen on her MRI and determine exactly how to treat it. The abscesses ranged from the size of a pea to the size of a quarter and were determined to be bacterial in origin. Before her surgery she was in the hospital for 10 days. Following her surgery she remained another two weeks.
“I was in Johns Hopkins long enough for my Dad’s car battery to die in their parking lot because he never left my side,” said Allison.
For a year after going home, she returned to Johns Hopkins for frequent MRIs. During that time, she had to relearn how to walk, which took about six months. She was released from the hospital in May and was in physical therapy until late August of that year — but she made a full recovery. She credits Dr. Carson with that recovery.
Allison is now married with children and is living in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky. She will be attending the Boyle County Republican Party’s “An Evening with Dr. Ben Carson” on Thursday in Danville at the Norton Center for the Arts.
After her surgery and her recovery, Allison went on to get her black belt in Karate. She was in dance, was a cheerleader, was in the marching band, ran track, and played softball. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Accounting and now works for Fidelity Investments in Covington, Kentucky.
She can’t say enough nice things about Dr. Carson. “He is an incredibly humble and gifted man,” she said, “He’s very caring.”
When asked what she thinks about the possibility of Carson running for President, she said, “I think it’s excellent! I’m campaigning for him already! I have my car magnets, my bumper stickers, and a “Clamor Kit” from RunBenRun.org.”
How devoted is this Ben Carson Fan? “My younger daughter, who is three and a half,” said Allison, “is named Carson.” She said it was her husband’s idea to name their daughter after the doctor who saved his future wife.
Dr. Carson will be speaking in Danville, Kentucky at the Norton Center for the Arts on Centre’s Campus at 7:30 p.m. The Boyle County Republican Party has brought this world-renowned neurosurgeon and potential Presidential Candidate to Danville to share his wisdom, experience and thoughts on life and leadership Thursday evening. For ticket information, call the Norton Center Box Office at: 1-877-HIT-SHOW for additional information about the pre-speech reception or the VIP dinner following the event, call the Boyle County GOP office at 859-516-3073. – See more at: http://www.boylecountyrepublicans.org/blog/