5-year-old boy begins kindergarten after brain surgeries, partial paralysis

Kimberly Dole
September 04, 2019 - 10:58 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Five-year-old Joseph Federico of New Windsor, New York walked in to Mt. Pleasant-Blythedale School in Blythedale Children's Hospital on Wednesday for his first day of kindergarten, just 16 months after suffering an unexpected brain aneurysm.

At the age of three, an arteriovenous malformation caused a him to have a brain aneurysm that burst.

Doctors were able to save his life, but he was left paralyzed on his left side.

Federico is recovering from partial paralysis after undergoing numerous surgeries which included the removal of 40% of his skull to save his life.

He was admitted to Blythedale Children's Hospital for his traumatic brain injury where he has been relearning how to talk, walk, and eat.

He's even relearning how to play baseball, his favorite sport.

Federico is among 16 kids with traumatic brain injury, who graduated from the Intensive Upper Extremity Summer Program at Blythedale Children’s Hospital on Aug. 16 in Valhalla.

Joseph will be among the 140 plus students that are returning to New York's only public school district at a hospital to receive medical and rehabilitative care.

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