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Banks teen Joe White doing well after stroke

Friends and family support now-high school freshman

Photo Credit: COURTESY PHOTO - Joe, Emily, Dave and Jeanne White fought through a difficult winter, but the Banks family was persevering as the holidays approached.It was a story so emotional it inspired its own hashtag: #staybravejoewhite. At least that’s what Joe’s friends came up with after their buddy fell suddenly and seriously ill in January.

Joe, at the time an eighth-grader at Banks Junior High School and a baseball fanatic, suffered a stroke after he complained of a headache during batting practice.

The son of Jeanne and Dave White underwent emergency brain surgery to correct a congenital arteriovenous malformation (AVM), an abnormal connection between his arteries and veins.

He was a patient in three hospitals early this year — Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital at Oregon Health & Science University and Legacy Emanuel Medical Center’s Randall Children’s Hospital.

Doernbecher’s “angels in nurses’ clothing” cared for his son for weeks before he was discharged to go home, Dave White said.

Always a fighter, Joe — who loves football and baseball — survived and then thrived. In September, he enrolled at Banks High School as a freshman.

— Nancy Townsley

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