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Nearly paralyzed at 19, Garrett Mendez lives to tell his story. Garrett had a massive brain stem stroke brought on by a sports injury in 2005...he did his rehab at Gaylord Hospital."It was a Thanksgiving hockey game and her son dove headfirst into the boards. She was terrified, then relieved when he got up and skated off the ice. That night, he developed a headache, numbness in his face and was vomiting. His family thought he had the flu, so he went to bed."