Teen athlete has life-changing surgery at JHAC

- A rare nerve condition threatened the life of a teenage athlete, but thanks to Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital she's back on the field.

Allison Fisher is 16 years old and loves playing flag football. She is the quarterback for the Citrus High School Girl's JV Flag Football Team.

"I use to do karate. I did that for a long time," Allison said. "I did soccer and now I am doing flag football."

While practicing karate one day, Allison couldn't lift her arm without pain. She went to the doctor and was diagnosed with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, a rare nerve or blood vessel condition that stops blood flow when the collarbone and first rib are too close together.

Her mom, Karen Fisher, is a nurse and was immediately was worried.

"It was very scary, especially since I was in the medical field," Karen said. "I kind of knew what the consequences of blocking blood flow could be."

Karen called around to many hospitals to find a doctor who could perform the operation Allison needed. She ended up at Johns Hopkins All Children's, one of the only pediatric hospitals in the area with a doctor able to perform the surgery.

"It really improved her being able to function 'cause, there was a time before we got her fixed, she couldn't even do her hair and for a teenage girl not to be able to do her hair, that is difficult," Karen said.

Today, Allison is back out doing what she loves: playing sports.

"I'm feeling fine now. I'm finally off of blood thinners and everything is back to normal. It's good to be involved again," Allison said.

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