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13-year-old has stroke

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13-year-old has stroke

By Lindsey Theis. CREATED Jul 16, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - A Bellevue family is praying for a medical miracle as their little girl lies in a hospital bed suffering from a stroke.

Amber Hebert is still in the ICU at Children's Hospital, after suffering a stroke Tuesday, July 8. She can't move the right half of her body and uses hand signals for "yes" and "no" to communicate.

"We're terrified. It's your baby girl, and she had a stroke, and you don't know if she is going to walk again," mother Tirzah Hebert said.

Last Tuesday, Amber was playing softball. She hit a single to get on first base. Her dad and grandma were in the stands watching, when a fun game turned into a horrible scene.

"Another teammate hit the ball, she ran to second base. She collapsed."

A blood clot made its way to Amber's brain. The 13-year-old had suffered a stroke. Since then, she's been fighting to speak, move and recover. There's a chance she might have to undergo brain surgery, depending on the swelling.

"It's still just such a shock that it happened. They say they still don't know why, that they may never know why," her mom says.

According to the Stroke Foundation, stroke affects about six in 100,000 children each year. Amber's mom says that surgery or not, Amber will spend a lot of time at Madonna in Lincoln for rehab after her time at Children's Hospital.

Meanwhile, a donation fund has been created to cover the family's mounting medical costs. If you'd like to donate, you can stop by at any Wells Fargo branch under Amber Hebert's name.