When Jessica Jones was graduating from Stanford University, she was honored with the prestigious J.E. Wallace Sterling Award for Scholastic Achievement, which is presented to the top students of each graduating class. This was quite a feat for Jessica, considering that her life hung in the balance after a tragic head injury nearly eight years before.
When Jessica was 14 years old, she fell head first off a retaining wall onto a concrete slab and was immediately transported to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in a coma. Her condition was deteriorating by the second, and she underwent an immediate emergency craniotomy performed by Andrew Reisner, M.D., one of our pediatric neurosurgeons. Dr. Reisner operated on her severe head injury and was able to stop the bleeding on her brain. Following surgery, she was transported to the PICU in stable but critical condition.