5-year-old starts kindergarten after major brain surgeryPosted: Updated:
The first day of school is always a big moment, and it was especially emotional for an Orange County family whose 5-year-old overcame very big odds to start classes Wednesday.
Just 16 months ago, Joseph Federico underwent many surgeries and the removal of 40% of his skull, leaving him partially paralyzed.
His mother, Ann Marie Federico of New Windsor, says he suffered an unexpected brain aneurysm a few months before her son's fourth birthday.
"We just thought he'd gotten sick and he's vomiting, has a stomach virus and we didn't think anything of it until we came to the hospital and realized he had a severe bleeding in his brain.... in my head, it was never really a possibly that we were going to lose him," she says.
He was admitted to Blythedale Children's Hospital for his traumatic brain injury. He's been relearning how to walk, talk, eat and play sports.
On Wednesday, he entered kindergarten at the hospital. He is among 140 students returning to New York's only public school district at a hospital.