Braeden March and Family
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
Once again, thank you all so much. Keep Braeden in your thoughts.
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.
Get better Braeden!!!We are all rooting for you. Sending all my love out to you, Julie, Glen, Jess, Ashley, Monica and the babies ♥
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
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
Stay tough Braeden we are thinking of you.. Get Better Soon.