As the sun rose above the horizon on the morning of Sept. 19, 2020, Canton teenager Mionna Johnson awoke, ready to write another chapter to her already remarkable life.
An honor roll student and aspiring artist who is working on learning her third language, the 14-year-old was joyfully singing and dancing to her favorite K-Pop group BTS with her mom, Tiffany Bernard, when tragedy struck.
An undetected arteriovenous malformation (AVM) ruptured near Johnson’s brain stem, causing her to faint and setting off a chain reaction that left the once-vibrant high school freshman fighting for her life.
An AVM is an abnormal tangle of blood vessels connecting arteries and veins, which disrupts normal blood flow and oxygen circulation, according to maycclinic.org. If an AVM ruptures, as in Johnson’s case, it can cause bleeding in the brain, stroke or brain damage, the website explained.
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