By all accounts, it would appear to be just another normal day for Marathon High School student Mariah Tesch. She sits at lunch laughing with her friends, playing with her I-Phone, and doing the things any normal 17 year old would do. By her calm and relaxed demeanor, no one would ever know that today was Mariah's first day back at school after facing a life-threatening brain aneurysm.
It was a surprise all-school assembly that helped kick off Mariah's first day back on campus.
"I've been waiting to come back since I was in the hospital to begin with." said Tesch.
Mariah slipped into a coma and was immediately airlifted to St. Joseph's hospital. Her diagnosis was bleak. She had what is known as an AVM mass. It had been growing in her brain for years and had ruptured. While the mass was inoperable, she underwent a series of surgeries to help stop the bleeding. Thanks to the hard work of surgeons and prayers from the community, Mariah is able to return to the classroom. For her, the support from family and friends is what has gotten her through.
"Even in the hospital, I had so many visitors. I was only allowed to have 2 but we had like 15 in my room." Tesch said.
While she still faces a long battle ahead, including radiation and risks of further complications, her parents say they are elated to have their little girl back. They also want other parents to see that you should never take love for granted.
"Remember to love your children and to love each other every single day.In a quick second it could just take it away." said Mariah's mother Jeanine.