Here's the original statement from Ray on November 4th:
Hi friends and family. This is a tough one. Here goes. My brother Brandon Carlisle is in a coma. His roommate found him yesterday around 11 am and he was unresponsive. The paramedics showed up at his house shortly after and his heart wasn't beating. They got it going and it gave out again in the ambulance. They got his heart started again and it stopped beating in the icu unit where the doctors were able to get his heart going again a third time. The scary part is the swelling to Brandon's brain due to lack of oxygen and blood flow. His body temperature was 88 degrees when he arrived at the icu. I'm pretty sure that means my brother was without oxygen for quite a long time. He is currently in a coma and the doctors are keeping him at about 93 degrees. They will start to bring him back up to a normal temperature for the next 12-16 hours. Then they will ween him off of his sedatives and the neurologists will be able to determine whether or not Brandon is still with us. All prayers and thoughts for my brother are greatly appreciated. I know Brandon didn't want this to happen. He's tough as nails and we are hoping for the best. Looks like we need a miracle. Love to all.
About this campaign:
1. Who am I? Miguel Chen, bassist for Teenage Bottlerocket
2. Where am I from? Laramie, Wyoming
3. Your relationship to the parties you're raising funds for? I have been in a band with Ray and Brandon for many years, they are my closest friends in the world. The Carlisle family has always been like a second family to me.
4. How the funds will be spent: Medical bills for the days Brandon spent in ICU in a coma, fighting for his life, and to help cover funeral expenses.
5. How you intend to get the funds to those in need: This fundraiser is set up so the money raised goes to Brandon's twin brother, Ray Carlisle so he and his family can use it for Brandon's final expenses.
Seeing so many people from all over the world come together in support has been amazing and we know Brandon could feel how much he was really loved. Brandon lived his life with his whole heart. He loved music, and he loved people. He always made it a point to let everyone know how much they meant to him, and to take time to make new friends. Anyone who was lucky enough to spend even a minute with the guy knows what a blessing he was to this earth. So with that love in our hearts, we carry him with us as we say goodbye. To the best drummer, the kindest soul and our brother and best friend, you will be in our hearts always.
Rest in Peace Brandon, we all love you so much.
Any money raised here will go to help his family with medical costs and funeral expenses. Thank you everyone
It's damn good to see people come together. I've met Brandon, and he's one of the most down to earth, honest, and kind men I've ever met. And that goes for the whole Bottlerocket crew. Medical bills are a bitch, and I personally don't have insurance. Age limits and moving states. So a hospital visit can indebt many for a lot of time. And these guys spend more of thier hard earned money than they earn to travel the world to see thier fans and do what they love. So our love goes thier way as well. Brandon is the T.B. pulse - may the beat live on!
I met you guys when i was in high school and you guys are some of the best people i know. Get better soon Brandon!! You've got this!
You're gonna make it dude. I've seen you guys lives probably about 5 times out of the record bar in KC. you're my favorite band so you better get better!
You've had such a positive effect on my life. Thank you.
Much, much love from Ohio.
I wish I could help. I know exactly what you're going through. I lost my mom on October 2, 2015 for pretty much the same thing. She had a hypoxic brain injury what caused it? We don't know. Your family and friends are in my prayers. No one should have to go through this horrible experience.
So sorry to hear the news. I hope everything works out.
Rest In Radness Brandon
RIP Brandon. You'll be missed.
Praying for you and your family.