West G’s very own Mrs. Bonita (Bonnie) Morris was given the Phoenix Award for her phenomenal recovery after last winter’s incident. On Christmas Eve of 2001 Mr. and Mrs. Morris were at their home awaiting the arrival of their son, Rich, when Mrs. Morris experienced a tremendous headache. Her husband, Lyle, quickly drove her to the emergency room and she was given a C.T. scan. Soon the family was given the news of her condition; she had an aneurysm.
For months the Morris family went through difficult times. Mrs. Morris’ condition did not appear to be improving; she had a stroke on Christmas Day and later developed hydrocephalus (a build up of fluid on the brain causing great pressure), and then encephalitis (an inflammation of the brain).
In mid-January she was sent to Heather Hill where she began therapy with Kathleen Kristoff, the occupational therapist with Heather Hill Rehab in Munson. At first Mrs. Morris only had what they call a flat effect, her face and voice showed no emotion. Due to sheer determination on Mrs. Morris’ part as she was able to set and achieve many goals that were mapped out for her recovery. Soon she was once again laughing and smiling.
On a Sunday morning Lyle was able to check her out for a trip to church. Her continued miraculous recovery enabled her to be back at West Geauga High School teaching her math students this year. She thanks everyone who thought and prayed for her during her ordeal.