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Young hockey player finds hope and healing after concussion

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Margaret Kuntz loves hockey. She spent as much time as she could on the ice, until a fall during a family trip derailed her life.

Kuntz fell off a cliff during a family hiking trip in the desert seven months ago. The 10-year-old suffered multiple head injuries, including a concussion that changed everything for her. She went from being on the ice for about 20 hours a week to not being able to leave her dark room for two months.  

"I can't do much," Kuntz said. "I can't ride my bike. I can't do any sports, and it's just hard to read and write. I can't read and write that well."

She was supposed to go into fifth grade, but now it's going to take her two years to finish fourth grade. Her brain forgot that her left eye existed, and she suffered migraines, personality changes, vertigo and weight loss. 

Kuntz refuses to let her injuries keep her down. She's discovered a love of art and math, and she likes to listen to Harry Potter audiobooks. Her big goal is to get back on the ice to play the sport she loves. 

"I'm not going to be able to do spring, but I might be able to do fall next year," Kuntz said.

Parents who want to check their child's concussion status can do so for free on Thursday, October 25 in Missoula. Alpine Physical Therapy will host a free baseline concussion screening event from 2-5 p.m. at Playfair Park to celebrate National Physical Therapy month. The event is targeted at kids from 5-18 years old, and Alpine Physical Therapy recommends getting kids in high impact sports evaluated every two years. 

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