Max's Medical Fund
My name is Shell and the people in the picture are my sister Sherry Howard (far right) my Niece Shayla (middle) and My Brother-in Law Max. They also have a son, Max (Opie).
My Brother-in Law is a 49 year old, hard working man
that lost his health insurance about a year ago because the company that he works for could no longer afford to offer it. (I am sure a lot of you can relate). A week ago he wasn't acting "quite right" and my sister became concerned. He was asking the same questions over and over and seemed to be having trouble with balance. Sherry told him that he needed to go to the hospital but he was being his stubborn self and kept saying no! Sherry called their son, Opie, to come over and they convinced him to go to the nearby Bedford UPMC hospital.
After a few tests, they determined that Max had suffered from 2 strokes and needed to be life-flighted to Presby Hospital in Pittsburgh. Here they found that he had 100% blockage in 2 of his ateries in his neck. AND part of a blood clot went into the main vessel of his brain. Later that night they discovered another blood clot. They were able to clear both blood clots and had him sedated in ICU. He is still there. A week later. He has not awakened....at all.
They tried giving him some medicine to help him wake up, but, all it did was make him breathe harder.
He also developed a fever on Wednesday, that's when they discovered pneumonia. They said the pneumonia could hinder him from responding to the medicine they gave him to help wake him up! So, they have to wait 3 days to try and clear the pneumonia before giving him more medicine to help wake him.
They performed another MRI on Thursday night a discovered that Max had suffered from more strokes in the last few days. The prognosis is not good. They don't expect any quality of life from the damage to his brain tissue! WE ARE PRAYING FOR A MIRACLE!!
The breathing tube can only be in place for 2 weeks. It has been one week today, June 25, 2016. At the 2 week mark, they either have to perform a tracheotomy so he can breathe through that and insert a feeding tube, to keep him alive, or, just remove him fromthe ventilator and let it be God's will. How do you make that decision?
Any money donated will go towards medical bills from both hospitals and the life flight transport. I can't imagine the cost of these!!
Thank you for taking the time to read my story! Thank you to anyone that donates!! And thank you to anyone that reads my story, says a prayer, and shares this!!!!!
I will update any new information as it becomes available! God Bless
Spaghetti Dinner benefiting the Howard family for Max's Medical and Funeral Costs
Sunday, July 31 from 4 PM - 7 PM
West Point VFD 100 Volunteer Dr, Greensburg, PA 15601
Cost: Adults: $6.00
children 2-12: $3.00
Children 2-under: Free
Dinner will include Spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread and a dessert.
50/50 tickets will be sold
Chinese Auction baskets
I know this is very hard to go thru. My fiancé had a high fever from a UTI that had caused swelling of the brain, she had a trach and feeding tube for 6 months and the neurologist said he saw damage but not know what will be affected. Today she still is not 100% but by the grace of god she is here and is slowly getting stronger and better. She will never be 100% as she was but any day with her is a blessing. I thank the lord she has her memories the most since the Dr. said he didn't know if she could remember anything or how it would affect her but with prayer she has made a great advance in her condition. I wish I could donate for him since I went to high school with him. My prayers for him and all his family will be given and I will also ask a close friend to add him to his prayer warrior group to pray for him for me. God bless!
So sorry to hear this news Max is my cousin! I wish I would have known of this sooner. I hope everything is going okay.