COLUMBUS, Ohio – Members of the Ohio State women’s soccer and women’s volleyball programs added another teammate this past week when Carlie Crawfis arrived in Columbus. Carlie, who was awaiting her second open-heart surgery Friday morning, spent Thursday night with her family watching the women’s volleyball Buckeyes topple Miami (Ohio) and the women’s soccer Buckeyes defeat Michigan State in their Big Ten opener.
The second open-heart surgery was a success Friday and Carlie was out of the ICU and recovering at Nationwide Children’s Hospital by Saturday evening. The sixth grader from Ottawa, Ohio, a town about two hours northwest of Columbus, is expected to make a full recovery.
In learning of her story, members of both teams drew inspiration from Carlie and are looking forward to having her on the sidelines with them in the near future.
“I had a wonderful time spending the morning with Carlie,” Camry Halm, a senior on the women’s volleyball team, said. “Hearing her story gave me chills. I’m so happy to see Carlie and her family smiling after a successful surgery. It was a great start to the week to have a chance to spend time with them.”
Meghan Kammerdeiner, a redshirt junior on the women’s soccer team, lauded Carlie’s demeanor and is excited to have her as a member of the women’s soccer family.
“It’s amazing to see how resilient and brave Carlie is,” Kammeredeiner said. “It’s hard when unexpected things come up in anyone’s life but I can’t imagine what it must have been like to receive news of needing another operation at such a young age. Her mom and I talked about how it must have been fate she ended up at our game this past Thursday sitting next to Janine (Oman, Ohio State Deputy Director of Athletics). I’m just grateful we could help make this whole process a little easier on her. I can’t wait for their family to come back and continue to be a part of our Buckeye family.”