Story of survival: New mother forced to fight brain injury

By: Marcie Kobriger Email
By: Marcie Kobriger Email

12 Years ago, Kara Holmes of North Liberty was in an accident that some say should have claimed her life.

“We were on our way to school and this lady lost control in the other lane slid over and hit us head on,” her brother, who was with her in the accident, explains.

At the age of 16 Kara was in a coma for three days. She awoke with no brain damage, and made a speedy and full recovery.

“I just prayed, Dear God, you helped me bring her into this world; she’s not finished yet. She has a lot more to do. She has a lot more to give,” Karen Homes, Kara’s mother, said of praying for her survival after the accident.

12 years later, Kara, now Kara Taylor gave birth to a healthy baby boy, named Jack on December 3rd. The time she would spend with her son in his first weeks of life would be cut short.

Kara was at home with her family on New Year’s Day when she thought she got a sudden headache.

“She said she had a headache. She went to get Aspirin and came back and said she couldn’t see and then went into a full seizure with convulsions,” her husband, Scott Taylor, recalls.

Paramedics rushed her to memorial hospital, where things got worse.

“It was like a downward spiral. We kept finding out new things. She had a hemorrhage. Her brain was bleeding and it was getting worse. Then we found out she had a stroke. Then we found out that she had a blood clot,” Scott remembers.

After undergoing an emergency procedure where doctors removed part of her scull, Kara spent two weeks in an induced coma.

“I remember waking up in the hospital and seeing everything that was wrong with me,” Kara tells us.

But everything that was wrong with her came back quickly; so quickly that her doctors and nurses were amazed.

“We could see their eyes widen and their expression of just surprise at how fast she was recovering, because they didn’t have that expectation,” Scott Taylor tells us.

Her family says it was the care she was given that led to her speedy recovery. They single out one nurse. Jeni Bishop was killed during a retail store shooting in Illinois last week.

“She was so compassionate and loving to her. She cared about so many issues. She cared about Kara’s skin, cared about her pain. She was the one that initiated baby Jack to come in and visit Kara. That really catapulted her to becoming well,” Karen Holmes recalls of Bishop.

Where there was tragedy for one Michiana woman, there was a miracle for another.
Now, just one month after the ordeal, Kara is back at home

“This is Kara’s second miracle, and I feel that god really has a mission for her because he saved her life twice from certain death, and I’m just very anxious to see what that will be,” Karen Holmes echoes the same sentiment she had 12 years ago.

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