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Carson Frutiger Medical Fund

$38,800 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 353 people in 5 months
Created August 2, 2018
Team Carson
on behalf of Bruce Frutiger
In June 2018, Carson began experiencing symptoms of pneumonia and by early July was hospitalized at Mayo Clinic Saint Marys Hospital. Doctors administered strong antibiotics and after 5 days, Carson was released back home with a prescription for daily antibiotic infusions for 4-weeks. 

Carson rested and received his daily infusions; however, he continued to struggle with worsening symptoms and dropping blood oxygen levels. 

On Friday, July 20th, Carson's parents brought him back to Saint Mary's ER where he was admitted once again. The following Monday, July 23rd, doctors determined the source of Carson's pneumonia to be a fungal infection called blastomycosis. While not uncommon, the complications Carson has experienced with this infection have been described as 1 in a million. 

The infection wreaked havoc on his lungs. He was eventually placed on a ventilator, but his lungs continued to fail and on Tuesday, July 24th the decision was made to place him on a heart and lung bypass machine (life support) called Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation or ECMO.

This machine takes the carbon dioxide rich blood from Carson's body, removes the carbon dioxide, then oxygenates the blood and returns it to his body. 

Carson has been on ECMO since. His progress will be measured by weekly rather than daily progress. His mom, dad, and sister have been by his side through this journey.

And, his journey will be difficult and arduous. It is not clear how long Carson will be connected to ECMO. It may be weeks or months. Since being placed on a ventilator, and eventually ECMO, Carson has been in a medically induced coma so his body can rest and heal.

He has begun be to be awakened and we pray his recovery continues in this positive trajectory. Please join us in prayer for complete healing and a powerful recovery process. Pray that Carson's emotional, mental, and spiritual life will flourish even as he faces intense difficulties. Pray for strength for Carson and his family.

The goal of this fundraiser is $50,000, but as you can imagine, the cost of medical care Carson requires will far exceed this mark. Our hope is that during Carson's recovery he will not have to worry about finances.  

Carson has committed his life in service to others through ministry. His love for people is evident in his compassionate presence and engaging spirit. Now, it is our turn to bless Carson. Please give generously as you are able. 

Thank you - 

Team Carson
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Update 5
Posted by Sarah Monson
3 months ago
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An update from Bruce, Carson's Dad -

"Yesterday morning the transplant team came in and the transplant qualification process has begun to see if Carson can be added to the list for lung transplants. There are many tests being done which are important for qualifying. Without going into all the details please pray specifically for this whole testing time and that Carson will be accepted.

One specific test is a PET scan that will take place sometime in the next 48 hours or so. This scan is to determine if the blastomycosis is anywhere else in his body besides his lungs. Please pray with us that this has stayed with the lungs and NOT traveled anywhere else.

We cannot thank you enough for your prayers and support. What a blessing to be part of God's family and to know Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. God is Good - All the time!"
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Update 4
Posted by Sarah Monson
3 months ago
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September has passed and with it the second full month of Carson being connected to and sustained by ECMO at Mayo Clinic Saint Marys Hospital.

But, it was a month of amazing progress and faithful determination on Carson's part. After spending over 30 days in a coma, Carson began the intense work of rebuilding muscles and having those muscles do the work they were intended to do. I am so happy to report that just this week, Carson took not only one walk around the ICU, but TWO walks in one day.

While Carson is doing the work of rebuilding muscles he is doing so while on ECMO. Despite ECMO's ability to provide oxygen to Carson's body, the machine does not fully mimic the action of the lungs, so Carson tires more easily along with other issues of using mechanical lungs.

In terms of long-term recovery, Carson will continue to remain on ECMO and in the ICU until the fungal infection in his lungs is extinguished (which is still ongoing) and the status of his lungs can be determined. This fungus has taken its toll on his lungs and until the infection clears and his body has a chance to focus on healing, Carson's long-term outcome is yet to be determined. Even still, Carson and his family are confident in one thing - God is good!

A spark of great news is Carson's kidneys have begun working on their own - though not fully, yet. Doctors have been able to reduce his dependance on dialysis and this brings Carson one step further in his journey. Remember, it's a marathon!

In terms of visitors, Carson is able to receive no more than one visitor (individual or couple) per day and around 4pm is the best time. If you would like to visit, arrangements are preferred in advance by texting Bruce Frutiger. Please send me an email and I can forward. But, please keep in mind every day is different and some days a visit may not be possible.

I asked Carson how we could be praying for him. Each day brings a roller coaster of emotions, and as such, Carson asks that we pray for strength and resilience. That he will have the fortitude of mind, body, and spirit to do what he needs to do to recover.

So, that is my prayer today. Won't you join me?

And, while you're at it, share Carson's "Go Fund Me" link on your social media channels and continue spreading the word as our friend, Carson, continues to do his battle.

Thank you!

Warmest Regards,
Sarah Monson
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Update 3
Posted by Sarah Monson
4 months ago
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The past two weeks have been filled with small, slow, yet progressive, steps in the right direction for Carson.

Over a week ago, doctors connected Carson to a second ECMO machine in order to provide him with the oxygen necessary to allow him to begin becoming more physically active. After that surgery was completed, Carson was stable enough to be awake!

I went to visit the family last Friday and was able to see Carson, briefly, for the first time since mid-June. When I approached his glass-fronted room, Carson eyes were open and his face was all smile! What joy in seeing my friend!

Open eyes and a smile are indicative of Carson's attitude even while he remains in critical condition / intensive care. His lungs and kidneys are non-functioning, at this point, while he is sustained by the two ECMO machines and a ventilator. Continue praying the infection clears and his lungs & kidneys heal.

The good news is, Carson is able to begin regaining strength after being in a coma for a month. He is having physical therapy 4x a day and is able to "dangle" (hang his legs off the side of his bed) and stand momentarily. After these workouts he is exhausted!

As such, please no visitors at this time. The time will come when Carson needs people to encourage him in person, but for now his focus remains on resting, healing, and recovering.

You are invited to continue praying. This is only one or two steps in a journey of a thousand, so things are still very much critical.

We all remain dependent on God's love and faithfulness as He sustains and encourages our hearts. We especially pray that Carson, Bruce, Kathy, Megan and the rest of the Frutiger family will feel Jesus close to them.

With thanks for all of you -
Sarah Monson
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Update 2
Posted by Sarah Monson
5 months ago
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Wow! Just WOW! The online fundraiser for Carson is up to $14,805! Thank you. Thank you.

We still have a ways to go to reach our goal. ECMO costs $7100 per day and while insurance covers some it certainly does not cover all and Carson's out-of-pocket expenses will be significant; life altering significant.

For those that have already donated, please share this page on your social media outlets!

Also, continue praying. Carson is facing some of the usual issues involved with ECMO and being strongly sedated/in a coma as well as lung damage. No major setbacks, at this point, but he remains in critical condition. Pray for healing. Pray for hope, peace, faith and love to be radically evident to him, his family, and friends.
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Raised by 353 people in 5 months
Created August 2, 2018
Team Carson
on behalf of Bruce Frutiger
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