Chaunte : Paralyzed but hopeful
"It's amazing how your life can change in an instant," said Melanie as she sat by the hospital bedside of her husband Chaun Reaves.
On Wednesday morning, July 12, 2017, Chaun was in a horrific car crash. The driver and back seat passenger was killed upon impact. Chaun survived with severe head and spinal cord injuries and had to be airlifted to a medical facility in San Antonio. By Wednesday night, he had emgergency surgery, an Anterior Fusion, on his spine to stabilize his neck. He is currently on a breathing tube that is assisting him as needed. He is only able to respond to yes and no questions by shaking or nodding his head. He does have slight movement in his shoulders but he is unable to feel anything below his chest (for now). And on top of all that, Chaun does not have insurance because he recently changed jobs.
Melanie is devotedly traveling back and forth from Houston to San Antonio to be by his side while her Mother and Step-father watch over their two year old daughter. She is now their sole source of income and has to carefully mange her time between taking care of her husband and maintaining her job.
Chaun is going to need extensive long-term care and rehabilitation as their new normal now includes paralysis.
We are praying for miraculous healing and asking for your prayers and any assistance you can provide to go towards Chaun's ever increasing medical bills and household expenses.
Chaun's feeding tube was discontinued this week. Praying that his trach will be next. They downgraded his trach tube to the smallest size. The next step is to remove it all together and let it close up.
They were able to take Chaun down to the barber shop and get a fresh cut (long overdue). This place has it all.
Chaun can now eat and drink a normal diet. For now, the feeding tube will serve as a supplement until he gets his appetite back.
The most exciting part is he can talk. I walked in the room on Friday and heard his voice for the first time in a month. With Chaun always being on the road with his job I got used to him not being around as much, but I always got to hear his voice. I think he got bored a lot on the road and some days he would call me so many times. I never thought their would be a time when we wouldn't be able to communicate, so just sitting here making small talk is everything.
Thank you in advance for your continued prayers and support.