RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Millbrook High School girl’s soccer goalkeeper Caroline Lewis is on the road to recovery after what happened in a game last Wednesday.
“It’s a miracle,” she said.
Her second home has been a soccer field.
“I’d like to say she’s pretty tough,” Caroline’s father, John Lewis said.
Lewis remembers prepping for Millbrook’s game against Broughton High School.
“I was really nervous for the game because it was really close last time,” Caroline said. “We barely scraped out the win last time. I really wanted to win this one.”
But towards the end of the first half, John Lewis said his daughter went for the ball and collided with an opposing player.
Caroline’s head hit the other player’s knee.
“My first thought was we lost her,” her father said. “She was sort of lifeless. She was unconscious. Her right eye was just completely swollen over. She had blood coming out of her mouth, her ears, her nose.”
First responders rushed Caroline to WakeMed. Her father said doctors told their family she was bleeding on her brain and her brain had shifted.
But after more scans and prepping for potential surgery, doctors had good news. John Lewis said Caroline’s brain was shifting back, and starting to recover.
“Basically, her brain pressed against all the blood vessels, and it kept her from bleeding so bad,” John Lewis said. “Her personality has come back. All the things that you want as a parent are coming back.”
Caroline spent days, and even her 18th birthday, in the hospital.
“The days started blending into each other,” Caroline said.
People from across the community have visited Caroline and sent her good wishes. They even donated thousands of dollars to help her family with medical expenses.
Caroline was released from the hospital on Monday. On Thursday, she got a special visit from players with the North Carolina Courage women’s soccer team.
“It’s so nice to see the whole soccer community coming together and just be so ready to help each other out,” Caroline said.
And as her recovery continues, Caroline hopes to someday get back on the field.
“I was taken out of it so quick. I’m not ready to give up,” she said.
Caroline said she plans to take part in the pre-game ceremony at her Millbrook senior night game.
As for what’s next, she plans to enroll at the University of South Carolina.