Braeden March and Family

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Raised by 57 people in 29 months
Braeden March is currently in Victoria General Hospital, originally misdiagnosed as having meningitis. He is now looking at a hospital stay well into the future with no prognosis available. Glen, Julie, Jessica, Ashley and Braeden's young nephews as well as Monica, his true love, are all in Victoria and family will need to be by his side. Anyone who knows Glen and Julie knows what loving wonderful people they are.  Work is not an option for Glen and Julie right now. I cannot do much to help.....but if we can help at all - especially this time of year........please do..... :( Thank you.....16858230_1482139378.3416_funddescription
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Hey Guys!!! It's Braeden's 20th on Sunday, March 26th!! He continues to work hard to get to Vancouver into rehab. Let's all spend $5 and buy him a birthday drink. He reads all our messages so make sure you let him know what Birthday drink you are buying him!!! Let's put a big Birthday smile on his face!!!!
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Update from Braeden's wonderful mom.....

Braeden update!!
Hello everyone, Braeden is doing well. He has been transferred from Victoria General to Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria. He remains in ICU but has progressed to a portable ventilator. When he is strong enough he will be transferred to the respiratory ward at Royal Jubilee. From there when he is ready we are hopeful that he will then be transferred to GF Strong in Vancouver where he will continue his rehabilitation. Braeden is staying strong and every day we see the determination in Braeden to get better. Braeden is aware that this will be a very long road and is aware of everything that everybody has done and is doing for him. We again would like to thank everybody for everything that they have done for us and continue to do for us so that we can bring our son home
Love you all
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For the donors on this site: First of all, thank you so much for your generosity and positive vibes to Braeden and his family. The support will mean the world to Braeden and his family. I have been requested to explain the disbursement of the funds. Julie (Braeden's mom) has requested Ashley (Braeden's sister) manage the account and will have a joint account with Julie. The funds will be used to assist Braeden on this journey and to help his family be close to him during this time. It is my understanding there is talk of transferring Braeden to Vancouver, which will require his family to find a new place to stay to be close to him during his rehabilitation.
Once again, thank you all so much. Keep Braeden in your thoughts.
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From Ashley and the family:

On Thursday, December 15th, Braeden woke up with what he described as "the worst headache of his life". His girlfriend Monica, thinking fast, called 911. The ambulance quickly arrived at their home in Sayward. Braeden had a seizure before arriving at the hospital in Campbell River. Upon arrival, the medical staff acted quickly to get Braeden on antibiotics and into further testing. At this point, he had another seizure and was sedated for the CT. He also had a spinal tap done to test his spinal fluid levels. His fluid levels were representative, so we were told, of bacterial meningitis. He was quickly airlifted to Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, BC. At this time, his parents rushed home, threw their stuff into bags as quickly as possible, and started out on the over 4-hour drive to Victoria.


When they arrived, Braeden's doctors met with them and again indicated bacterial meningitis. At this time, they were told, it would just be time and patience as Braeden came off sedation and his body continued to fight off the infection. We waited. By this time our entire family had congregated into the small waiting room. A worried sick Mom and Dad, two sisters, and two little nephews who hadn't seen each other in months. We were all there for one another, and for Braeden. Terrified, but optimistic.


When Braeden's consciousness did not improve drastically in time, the doctors started questioning his diagnosis again. It was indicated from his next CT that the swelling and fluid in his brain had reached high levels. We were told that he would need an emergency surgery at yet another hospital in order to survive. This was the worst moments of our lives and I will never forget my Dad's face upon getting this news. We all cried and prayed. Wishing and hoping with everything we had that Braeden would survive.


We waited for the transport. After what seemed like days (but was really only hours), Braeden was loaded up with his wonderful nurse and sent to another hospital in Victoria. Upon his arrival he was quickly taken into surgery to have a drain placed in his brain.


After the surgery, we were allowed to see him. He looked so much better. The swelling in his eyes had gone down and he was able to blink yes or no to commands, and look left or right on command. His blood pressure stabilized on its own, although he still requires a ventilator for breathing.


After another CT scan, the family had a conference with the doctor, and one of Braeden's nurses. It appears from the scan at this time that the bottom portion of Braeden's brain was squished and had oxygen cut-off during the swelling, causing some severe damage. This is the area that controls things such as moving, breathing, etc. The top of his brain (that allows understanding, etc.) Is still fully functioning and appears undamaged.


The laboratory was unable to grow any bacteria from his spinal fluid, and his white blood cells returned to normal levels very quickly (likely too quickly for meningitis, according to the doctor). This is causing the doctor's to question whether his initial diagnosis was correct or not. It is also unlikely that the meningitis would cause this degree of severe, localized swelling and fluid build up.


Braeden will continue to receive tests through the weeks and months to come. We will know more as his brain tries it's best to repair and heal itself. There will be months and months of physio, rehabilitation, and a lengthy hospital stay in Victoria and possibly Vancouver.


Julie, his Mother, is planning to stay down in Victoria long term and full time to support her son as he takes this incredibly difficult journey. Glen, his father, will have to return to work in Campbell River at some point in the New year but is here for now.


There are so many things that our family is going to need to do in the next weeks and months to try to adjust to our new normal. We have promised to ourselves that we will do everything we can to ensure Braeden is able to lead his best life possible, going forward. The last thing my parents need to be thinking about right now is finances. If you are able to help in any way, please consider donating and sharing this page. Please also send your continued prayers, thoughts, wishes and vibes. We appreciate everyone of you.
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Julie March
29 months ago
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We cannot express how thankful and overwhelmed we are by everyone's kind words and support. Our hearts go out to everyone. What everyone has done for Braeden and our family has most definitely taken some stress from the situation. The March Family xo

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Kyli Green
29 months ago

Get better Braeden!!!We are all rooting for you. Sending all my love out to you, Julie, Glen, Jess, Ashley, Monica and the babies ♥

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Julie March
27 months ago

Braeden update!! Hello everyone, Braeden is doing well. He has been transferred from Victoria General to Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria. He remains in ICU but has progressed to a portable ventilator. When he is strong enough he will be transferred to the respiratory ward at Royal Jubilee. From there when he is ready we are hopeful that he will then be transferred to GF Strong in Vancouver where he will continue his rehabilitation. Braeden is staying strong and every day we see the determination in Braeden to get better. Braeden is aware that this will be a very long road and is aware of everything that everybody has done and is doing for him. We again would like to thank everybody for everything that they have done for us and continue to do for us so that we can bring our son home Love you all

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Julie March
29 months ago

Braeden update Dear family and friends, Tonight Braeden is having a tracheostomy to support his breathing. In a few days he will be having a peg put in place for nutrition. He has coming along slowly but surely, he can now answer yes or no to brief questions and is fighting hard. We have told him what all of our family, friends and even strangers are doing for him and he blinks his eyes for yes. We see an improvement every day and this would be very difficult without ALL of you. We are taking things day to day and I will keep everyone informed on here. Thank you again from the March family xo

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Tanya Miller
29 months ago

Stay tough Braeden we are thinking of you.. Get Better Soon.

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Carmen Hall
24 months ago

thinking of you all

$25
Maureen Miles
26 months ago
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From relatives of Betty Mathiason. Keep up working at your rehab. Braeden. You will succeed !

BM
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Betty Mathiason
26 months ago
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Put this in the bank Braeden and have a real Birthday party when you get out <3 with all your friends and family ...would be great your 21st next year at home with them all <3

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Vickie Marie
26 months ago
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Happy Birthday Braeden! Here's a couple buckets of beer from me, Amy and Dustin to help you celebrate another journey around the sun. Cheers!

$200
Clint Collins
26 months ago

We're having Screech and Cod Tongues!!! Or Pizza and Beer? BOTH!!!!

$20
Hali Samuels
26 months ago

A couple jäger bombs for my amazing birthday buddy! You cross my mind everyday my friend, we have shared many great laughs and memories in all our years of knowing each other and I know this is only a short break in many more to come! Every positive vibe I have in my body is heading your way during your birthday week :) we miss your outrageous laughter and comedy as well as your contagious smiles. A trip to see you is in the near future, and we cannot wait. Nachos and jäger bombs are a must when you get home ;) love you bud, and don't forget it!! Love Hali and Walker xox

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Tom & kim Lock
28 months ago

Thinking of you guys, sending prayers and hugs..

SB
$250
Shirley and Ken Brown
28 months ago

We send all the best and big hugs to your family

SS
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Shawn, Jen, Aidan & Kyla Stigter
28 months ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys. Hugs, Shawn, Jen, Aidan & Kyla

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Anonymous
28 months ago
Julie March
29 months ago
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We cannot express how thankful and overwhelmed we are by everyone's kind words and support. Our hearts go out to everyone. What everyone has done for Braeden and our family has most definitely taken some stress from the situation. The March Family xo

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Kyli Green
29 months ago

Get better Braeden!!!We are all rooting for you. Sending all my love out to you, Julie, Glen, Jess, Ashley, Monica and the babies ♥

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Julie March
27 months ago

Braeden update!! Hello everyone, Braeden is doing well. He has been transferred from Victoria General to Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria. He remains in ICU but has progressed to a portable ventilator. When he is strong enough he will be transferred to the respiratory ward at Royal Jubilee. From there when he is ready we are hopeful that he will then be transferred to GF Strong in Vancouver where he will continue his rehabilitation. Braeden is staying strong and every day we see the determination in Braeden to get better. Braeden is aware that this will be a very long road and is aware of everything that everybody has done and is doing for him. We again would like to thank everybody for everything that they have done for us and continue to do for us so that we can bring our son home Love you all

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Julie March
29 months ago

Braeden update Dear family and friends, Tonight Braeden is having a tracheostomy to support his breathing. In a few days he will be having a peg put in place for nutrition. He has coming along slowly but surely, he can now answer yes or no to brief questions and is fighting hard. We have told him what all of our family, friends and even strangers are doing for him and he blinks his eyes for yes. We see an improvement every day and this would be very difficult without ALL of you. We are taking things day to day and I will keep everyone informed on here. Thank you again from the March family xo

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Tanya Miller
29 months ago

Stay tough Braeden we are thinking of you.. Get Better Soon.

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