Kelly's Medical Fund

$18,957 of $20k goal

Raised by 276 people in 14 months
Tracy Cook-Keel
on behalf of Nathan Butler
 COLUMBIA, MO
Kelly is a Social Worker.  She just finished her Master's Degree in December after getting married in September. Kelly and her husband, Nathan, have been honeymooning in Belize. Wednesday, they enjoyed a day of snorkeling at the beach, after which Kelly complained of a bad headache.  Thursday morning, Nathan had to rush Kelly to a local hospital in Belize with stroke symptoms.  Complications arose and her medical condition worsened.  Kelly is currently in a medically-induced coma and on a ventilator, which is needed to keep her breathing.  She underwent a surgery to reduce the swelling in her brain.

Understandably, Nathan is shocked and overwhelmed at the moment.  Being in a foreign country with a language barrier makes things difficult under the best of circumstances, but when a medical emergency is involved, things become increasingly strained and anxious. While her care is the obvious top priority, there have also been some financial issues, as the local hospital may not accept her insurance being in a foreign country. 

Currently family and friends are trying to arranage medical transportation to get Kelly back to the United States.  

Medical emergencies are always unexpected and create undue stress for the individuals involved.  In this instance, Kelly's husband and family are under exceptional stress, as she is in a foreign country with significantly fewer medical resources than would be available in the US.  Any donation you may be able to provide would go a long way toward helping with Kelly's mounting medical bills in Belize, the vast expense of getting an unscheduled medical flight back to the US, and helping Nathan meet his unexpected expenses.
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Update 8
Posted by Tracy Keel
13 months ago
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Good news!!!! Kelly has been moved to a rehab hospital!!!! She is making small gains everyday. As we all know, she is an amazing woman and is continuing to fight everyday! Please keep Kelly, Nate and the rest of the family in your thought and prayers as they move through this difficult time. Again, this is going to be a very long road to recovery. Please keep the support coming. If you would like to send her a card the address is TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital
1333 Moursund St.
Houston TX. 77030
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Update 7
Posted by Tracy Keel
14 months ago
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Hi everyone! Sorry it has been a few days since the last update. Kelly continues to make slow but steady progress. She is still in the Neuro ICU at Memorial Hermann Hospital in TX. The goal is to get her medically stable for a transfer to TIRR, a Texas rehab center.It's the best rehabilitation hospital in Texas and #2 in the nation, offering inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation for brain injury and strokes. Its the best rehab facility for Kelly and the condition she is currently in. She continues to participate in speech, occupation and physical therapy. Please keep prayers coming and again donate if you can or share so someone else can donate!!! This will be a long road of recovery but Kelly is strong!!!
If you would like to send Kelly and Nate a card please send it to:
Kelly Gross/Nate Butler
Rm:717
Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center
6411 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77030
Thanks!
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Update 6
Posted by Tracy Keel
14 months ago
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You all continue to amazing me on a daily basis! Look at what you have done for this wonderful couple. They feel your love and support!
Nate reports there were some nice surprises with Kelly today.... Such as getting her tube pulled (extubated from the ventilator) today rather than later this week. She is breathing on her own and is becoming more alert.
They still have long road to recovery, but we are optimistic.
Please keep prayers coming and again, please continue to share this so maybe we can reach some people we have not reached yet.
Thanks again! Kelly and Nate are BLESSED TO HAVE FRIENDS LIKE YOU ALL!
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Update 5
Posted by Tracy Keel
14 months ago
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An update on Kelly and Nate....... Kelly continues to improve incrementally, they are starting to discuss scaling back the breathing treatments.

It's been a good night and morning so far, so we remain cautiously optimistic but it will be a LONG recovery.

We are all so thankful for all the family and friends that are offering to help. Even if we don't need anything now, you may hear from me in the future, because it's going to be long difficult road for all of us.
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$18,957 of $20k goal

Raised by 276 people in 14 months
Created January 15, 2016
Tracy Cook-Keel  
on behalf of Nathan Butler
KL
$50
Ken & Barbara Levy
8 months ago
$50
Anonymous
12 months ago
JG
$25
Janet Godon
12 months ago

I hope Kelly is continuing to heal. Stay strong Butler family. I hope to see you all on the trail soon!

AS
$5
Alissa Shives
13 months ago
AE
$25
Andy Emerson
13 months ago
$25
Anonymous
13 months ago
SP
$25
Stink Palm
13 months ago
2
2

I hear Houston is nice this time of year.

EW
$25
Edward Wiederer
13 months ago
$20
Anonymous
13 months ago
JB
$100
Janet Beagley
13 months ago
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