Hello everyone! Just wanted to give you guys an update! Lem is recovering beautifully and is back in Southern Oregon. He still has a long ways to go but we are all hopeful that a full recovery is in store. Please continue to keep Lem in your prayers :) Also, the entire donation fund that was raised here has officially been received by Lem's family. They are very grateful and thank each and every one of you for making a difference. Donations would still be appreciated, so this fund will remain open for anyone who may want to help. Have a great weekend everyone.
GREAT NEWS ! Hello again to all, I have some news that I am very happy to share: Lem opened his eyes yesterday and even spoke! He said his name and is aware that he is in Portland. He doesn't remember much from the day of his hemorrhage, except having a headache. That being said, doctors have noted that there is definitely going to be a very long road to recovery. The AVM and blood clot have been removed, but the bone for his skull has been left off in order to relieve pressure when his brain swells. These days are critical, but if all goes well then Lem will go back into surgery in about nine days in order to put the bone back on. This news is certainly positive, and God has definitely been good. We still must keep in mind that Lem's medical bills are going to be very high, so we need to keep the momentum going. I firmly believe that if we all come together, and help to get the word out to everyone we know this can get even bigger than it already is....although we have raised a fantastic amount so far. I'll keep you all updated. Lem is going to be ecstatic when he is able to see all of this love.
Hello everyone! I am very proud to say that we are now 21.02% to achieving our fund goal. Lem's story and this page have managed to make KDRV Channel 12 News, as well as the Mail Tribune. How fantastic is that? I want to thank each and every one of you for the immense love, prayers, and very generous contributions that have poured into this page. It is fantastic to see so many people coming together to show their support, even people that do not know Lem personally. Please keep sharing the page via Facebook, Twitter, E-mail, etc. The more we are able to raise, the more financial peace of mind that Lem and his family will be able to have in the long and challenging road to recovery that awaits them. Thanks again. I leave you all with one of my favorite quotes, as each of you has indeed made a difference: "Even the smallest person can change the course of the future." - J.R.R. Tolkien
This is my dear friend Lem, an overall great person and a true joy to be around. An avid churchgoer and family oriented man who works two full time jobs while simultaneously studying for an Accounting Degree at Southern Oregon University. A few days ago on January 6th of 2012 Lem was driving home from work and a vessel in his brain spontaneously ruptured, rendering him unconscious and causing him to get into an accident. Unfortunately, what resulted was an intracranial hemorrhage, which he had to be immediately rushed to the hospital for. Still unconscious, Lem's life was hanging by a thread as doctors quickly operated to drain the blood out of his brain's cranial cavity. After a series of CT scans and other diagnostic measures, doctors concluded that Lem was born with AVM, Ateriovenous Malformation, an abnormal connection between the brain's arteries and veins.
After his emergency surgery, Lem was put into a medically induced coma and sedated to keep his brain resting. The next day, he was transported via medical helicopter from our small town of Medford to Portland in order to treat his condition. Today, the 9th of January, was the day that Lem had an angiogram as well as a another craniotomy in order to remove the AVM and prevent any future hemorrhages from occurring.
Doctors are now waiting for Lem to wake up out of his coma, and are hopeful that he will make it past this tragedy. Needless to say, there is a long and difficult road ahead that Lem will have to overcome before he will be able to talk, walk and eventually return to living a normal life. His medical bills will probably be through the roof, so every penny will help ease the unfortunately immense financial burden that awaits Lem and his family.
We are all hoping for the absolute best, and any signs of progress will see themselves posted here for those who may be interested. Donations of any amount would help Lem's situation immensely, and keeping this wonderful young man who has so much to live for in your prayers would be especially fantastic.
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