Fayette County


Fundraiser started to help FCHS’s Franco in recovery from brain surgery

One of Fayette County High’s brightest stars is on the road to recovery. On December 29, Naomi Franco, a star volleyball players for the Tigers, was en route to practice when she suffered a brain hemorrhage and was rushed into surgery. 

Doctors removed part of her skull to allow the brain to swell and relieve pressure on the brain. The first few days were the toughest, but Franco is slowly bouncing back. 

Charlette Judge, head coach of Franco’s travel team A5 South, started a GoFundMe fundraiser to help the family with mounting medical bills. As of Monday morning, it was over $5,000 of the $7,000 goal. 

“Naomi is as strong as they come and is eager to begin her road to recovery. We believe she will make a full recovery,” Judge said in her post. 

On Jan. 10, Judge offered a promising update.

“Naomi is improving in some aspect of her recovery everyday. All tubes, wires, draining blood off the brain has stopped.”

Franco just completed a stellar senior season for the Tigers where she racked up 333 kills as a right side hitter and signed to play collegiately at Syracuse University. Along with a host of awards, she is a nominee for the USA Today Atlanta Girls Volleyball Player of the Year. 

If you would like to help, go to https://www.gofundme.com/f/5nmraj-road-to-recovery?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link-tip&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet.