Teen battles synthetic marijuana side effects
Mon, 20 May 2013 23:22:00 GMT —
A teen's life was turned upside down by synthetic marijuana.
A Cypress, Texas girl is now the face of K2 and the effects it can have on a person.
Action 4 News first told you about 16-year-old Emily Bauer back in March.
The once active teenager is now confined to a wheel chair after experimenting with K2.
It took away 70-percent of her brain function.
We've been following Emily's progress on her Facebook page.
She is making baby steps.
Just last week she got a new wheel chair.
It gives her more wiggle room.
Emily sits in the chair for at least 12-hours a day.
She is now going through rehabilitation at TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehab Hospital near Houston.
It is my third day at TIRR. I have physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech," Emily said in a video posted on her Facebook page.
Emily has both good days and bad days, sometimes crying and screaming with frustration.
She is now at a point where she can understand reasoning.
Emily's support team tells her she has to work her hardest every day to get back her independence.
Doctors say it will be a long road ahead.
Some patients never recover from the side effects of synthetic marijuana.