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Hope for Zack

$21,074 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 270 people in 8 months
Created April 29, 2018
Hope for Zack
on behalf of Kathy Edmondson
Zack has been teaching English in Hungary for the past few months.  He has a big heart and a good soul.   A week ago,  he fell and sustained a severe brain injury.  He has undergone two brain surgeries, is currently in a coma and has been given a bleak outcome.  He risks infection, which may cause his death and the next 3 weeks are critical.  His brain swelling is extreme and is currently unchanged.  The doctors have done all that they can at this time and only time will tell.  My aunt has flown to Hungary to be by his side but is starting to run out of funds.  She would like to be able to stay with Zack during this critical time but is facing possibly having to leave and return later.  You can imagine how impossible it would be to leave your child behind in a foreign country while they lay on life support.  I couldn't do it. The next few weeks are very critical and if he survives, he will need to be transported home, which is costly in itself.  If he does not survive, it will still be costly to bring him home.  There will also be necessary rehabilitation and treatment that will be ongoing.  We are raising funds to help my aunt to be able to stay with her son in Hungary, to help fly a couple of family members there so that my aunt is not alone in this very hard time and to offset some of the medical expenses that will accumulate.  Anything, even $5 will help and we very much appreciate your prayers during this very difficult time.
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Update 13
Posted by Kelly Walsh
6 months ago
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Update as of July 6- Zack is discharged to home! Thank you to all the wonderful doctors, therapists, and nurses at Providence Portland! Zack is waiting for surgery for his bone flap and will begin outpatient services for OT, PT, and speech. Zack has quite severe aphasia and apraxia which frustrates him because he can’t communicate as he likes. He was a computer whizz before his accident and is working to relearn/remember those skills. He has post traumatic amnesia, but his short term memory is improving. He has an appointment with an orthopedic doctor soon. Hopefully we’ll get good news that they can do surgery on his knee so he can walk. Physically he’s gaining strength and stamina. His left arm is weaker. He has to learn to read, write, talk, and walk so he has a long road ahead. Thank you to everyone who supported Zack during this difficult time. Your positive thoughts and prayers meant so much!
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Update 12
Posted by Kelly Walsh
7 months ago
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Update 6/11/18
After much waiting, Zack was just cleared to fly! We will be home on Tuesday, June 12!!!!
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Update 11
Posted by Kelly Walsh
7 months ago
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Update from Kathy 6/6/18
It is 90% certain Zack, Kristi, and I are coming home next week! They were worried about altitude problems on his brain, but he had a CAT scan this morning and Neurologist said he’s good to fly!! Only glitch is the airlines want a bunch of paperwork from hospital. Lucky Zack, gets to go home on Delta One pods so he can lay down or sit up and have plenty of room. Thank you to all who contributed to GFM as that is getting him home. Thank you to Hungary for saving his life, and that’s to the wonderful Hungarian people. Portland here we come!!
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Update 10
Posted by Kelly Walsh
7 months ago
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We are so thankful to see Zacky coming back to us!
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$21,074 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 270 people in 8 months
Created April 29, 2018
Hope for Zack
on behalf of Kathy Edmondson
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