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‘I’m alive …’

By Julia Wall

In my last few weeks at the Los Angeles Times, I had the honor of being allowed into the life of Mika Fleming, a 17-year-old girl who experienced a devastating change just before her 16th birthday. At the tail end of her sophomore year of high school, Mika was in a car accident that left her in a coma.

She remembers very little from that time. After a year of rehabilitation, physical therapy, home schooling and patience, Mika has returned to Long Beach Polytechnic High School for her senior year.  It will be a year full of social events, tough classes and “senior moments” for Mika and her friends.  Next spring, she plans to walk across the stage at graduation, not assisted by a walker or a wheelchair.

Mika is truly an inspiration.  She has been through more struggle in the past year than most people experience in a lifetime, but at the end of the day she still looks at the situation as simply being “a story for my grandkids.”  I have no doubt that her optimistic spirit and her fantastic attitude toward life will carry her so much further than she could have ever imagined.

Editors note: Julia Wall was a summer intern for the Los Angeles Times in 2013. She graduated from the University of North Carolina and is currently an intern at Mediastorm in Brooklyn, N.Y.

1 Comment

  1. September 13, 2013, 12:41 pm

    Mika, I am so proud of of your progress that you have made… Keep up the good, hard work, and be proud of yourself when you walk across that stage at your graduation…. Kudo's to you……

    Sherri, a friend of Stacey's

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