Beloved Manager in Critical Condition after Brain Hemorrhage

October 25, 2018



By Kyana Rojas

Last week, six days after giving birth to her third son, ASK Academy project manager Danielle Plomaritas suffered from an unexpected and life threatening brain hemorrhage. She has since had multiple medical procedures, including an emergency craniotomy. Plomaritas is currently in stable but critical condition in the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit at The University of New Mexico Hospital.

Plomaritas is a well-loved manager at The ASK Academy who often puts her scholars first. Hired in 2014, she has played an integral role the past five years in building the biomedical pathway at the school. On top of teaching Principles of Biomedical sciences, Anatomy and Physiology, and Biology, she has also mentored scholars in various award-winning research projects and internships, opened up doorways for programs such as the Lemelson MIT Program, has been the Research in Action Program Chair for several years, and was a former sponsor of Model UN.

In addition to her role at ASK, Plomaritas is pursuing a doctoral degree at Texas Tech and is on the adjunct faculty at CNM.

Senior Alexandria Miera, a scholar pursuing both the biomedical and engineering pathways, said without Plomaritas, she would not have had many of the opportunities she’s experienced at ASK. “She’s been mentoring us through the entire MIT project,” she said. “She has given me the opportunity to be a leader and work on a much larger scale than in just New Mexico.”

She said Plomaritas has helped fuel her desire to go in to the field of neuroscience, even giving Miera a book on neurology she found at a second-hand store.

“From being a mother, to getting her PhD, she is an amazing teacher and mentor. She is someone who is really down to earth and is willing to do anything for her kids–both at home and at ASK,” Miera said.

Plomaritas and her family will suffer from the aftermath of the tragedy. Medical expenses and other costly necessities for her children will be difficult to cover with her husband needing to be by her side while also caring for their three small children.

A GoFundMe page was created for the family to lift some of the financial burden and make the future a little less stressful. Please donate or share the link to help. 

Alyssa Reinchuck, a junior, said Plomaritas was there for her as a freshman when she was going through some medical issues. “She just always encourages me to keep going,” she said.

Reinchuck said she wants Plomaritas’ family to know that the students care. “We want to help,” she said. “We want her to know she is loved by everyone at the school.”



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