Teen battles synthetic marijuana side effects

16-year-old Emily Bauer

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.

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