- Posted September 11, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Update on Emily Bauer's synthetic marijuana story
We followed up with the Bauer family to find out how Emily's recovery is going. It's a slow process, but we're glad to report that Emily sounds just like a typical 17-year-old over the phone.
Read the follow-up story on CNN.
- zdan, CNN iReport producer
Nine months after synthetic marijuana destroyed a large portion of her brain, Emily Bauer did something her parents feared they'd never see: She went back to high school. But the teen still can't read, write or walk.
Here are some photos to update you on Emily's ongoing recovery:
1 - Emily in a family photo in December 2011, a year before the incident.
2 - Emily stands on the tilt table at the rehab hospital on February 22.
3 - Emily struggles to stand with some help on April 26.
4 - Emily ends the month of May by pumping iron in her wheelchair.
5 - This contraption is helping Emily relearn how to walk. Here, her stepfather and physical therapists help strap her in on August 6.
6 - Emily strikes one of her signature faces as she poses with her mom, Tonya Bauer, at a golf tournament fundraiser for SAFE in August.
7 - Emily and her parents take photos as they eagerly await a bus to take her to her first day of school on August 26.
8 - Emily throws bean bags while standing at a therapy session on September 3, a week after she returned to school.