FARGO — 29-year-old Paige Davis suffered a traumatic brain injury after she fell to the concrete moments after a seizure. The longtime Minnesota Guard member is now undergoing occupational rehabilitation therapy at Sanford Health, trying to get her life back.
Anyone who knows Davis can tell you, perseverance is her middle name. Watching Davis in rehab Wednesday, June 23, it became clear the name is well earned.
It was in March during a big family vacation in the Florida Keys with her boyfriend, Tye Anderson, and other family members.
"She was behind me and I stopped to talk to my Dad and all of a sudden there was a thud," Anderson described.
Paige had suffered a seizure, falling to the ground, she hit the sidewalk so hard she suffered a brain injury. She spent three weeks in intensive care in Miami, and because of the pandemic, family could not visit. Later the family got the grim message that Paige had a sudden drop in brain activity and had stopped breathing.
"They said they were just trying to get her through the night," remembered Davis' mom, Carol Gigler.
Family and friends are planning a big benefit for Davis the weekend of June 26.
Davis has long been a member of the Minnesota National Guard in Moorhead. On Thursday, she will have a crucial surgery to repair her skull. All this as she works through her therapy, trying to get her mind and body working together.
"It is hard, but a lot of her recovery is because she is so strong and stubborn," Gigler said.
It has been such an adjustment for Davis. As an athlete, she is competitive and active, so this slow down in life has been hard. The journey to get her life back is a long one.
"That is a big part of it, she is so determined and she is a perfectionist and wants to be perfect at everything and with this injury, you can't be," Anderson said.
The benefit for Paige Davis is set for Saturday, June 26, at Billiards and Gastropub in Fargo starting at 2 p.m. To donate to her fundraiser, visit her Lend A Hand Up page.