Friends of Finn

Hello! My name is Stepheni Curran. I have created this Go Fund Me page for my cousin's son, Finn Amschler. 
Finn is a one-year-old child who suffered a traumatic brain injury on March 1, 2016, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The details of this tragic event are captured in the paragraphs written below by Finn’s mother, Amy Amschler. The Amschler family is in need of a community-based fundraiser to address Finn's ongoing medical expenses. The traumatic brain injury Finn experienced has devastated the Amschler family both emotionally and financially. 

In order to brighten the spirits of the Amschlers and relieve their mounting debt, I thought a Go Fund Me page could help the Amschlers with their increasing medical debt. The Amschlers are a fun-loving, kind, and caring family who put others before themselves. At this time, they are the ones in need of support to help them care for their youngest son, Finn. All proceeds raised will be applied toward the medical expenses for Finn’s recovery.  In addition to the monetary donations raised through this Go Fund Me page, a benefit will be held for Finn on Saturday, September 24, 2016, at the Duck Creek Pub (formerly the VFW) in Howard, Wisconsin. Personal and business donations are being collected. 
For those wanting to making a donation for the benefit, please contact me for further details. 

The paragraphs below summarize Amy Amschler's account of what had happened to Finn beginning on March 1, 2016. Amy is Finn's mother. She is a concientious parent and an excellent teacher. I chose Amy to be my maid of honor at my wedding because I think so highly of her. Please read Amy's summary to gain a better understanding of the tragic event that took place on March 1, 2016, and how this event has had a lasting affect on her family.  

Amy Amschler’s Summary of the Tragic Experience:

On March 1, 2016, I got the call no parent ever wants to receive. My baby, Finn, who had just turned one, was being rushed to the hospital via ambulance. He was having a seizure. He had no history of seizures, and we did not know what was going on. Enroute, he had another seizure. When I was brought into his room, he had just finished the second seizure. I was very scared, as we watched a team of doctors and nurses working on him when we couldn’t help. He was gray and unresponsive. He could not move the left side of his body - his face was drooping and he could not move his left hand or leg. When the nurses let me be by him, he was unresponsive to me. My usually smiling, babbling baby was not there. Because we did not know the cause of the seizures, there were many scans and MRIs and blood draws to find out what was going on.
We would later find out Finn had a skull fracture and blood on his brain, and behind his retinas. We were devastated to learn that this was not an injury a one-year-old could have sustained by himself. We had dropped off our healthy, happy one-year-old at his babysitter and the next time we saw him, he was in the ER, gray and unresponsive. A neurologist told us Finn’s injuries were consistent with shaken baby syndrome and being slammed down or against something. Finn was admitted into the ICU for two days and nights.The first night he screamed and threw up non stop. He had to be given pain medication for the pain in his skull. It was a devastating feeling to know that we trusted our baby in someone else’s care and that there was nothing I could do to make him feel better. Finn thankfully did not need surgery to release the pressure off of his brain from the blood pool. It was reabsorbing, which was a good sign. He still was a very sick baby for about seven days. When we brought Finn home, it felt like we had a newborn all over again. He did not walk or crawl. He had been almost weaned from the bottle before, and now he was back to formula. He cried and threw up constantly. He did not smile anymore. Finn could not tolerate light nor sounds. We put blankets over the windows and sat in the quiet with him. Our four-year-old, Henry, had to stay with friends and family, as he was too loud and active. This was very hard as he did not understand what was going on. Finn was put on seizure medication for three months; it was necessary because there was still a risk that he could have a seizure due to his brain injury. He was eventually weaned off daily medication and was prescribed emergency medication in the event of future seizures. As the months past, Finn began making gradual gains. He began to crawl and take steps. Finn can now walk! He is not talking and has been referred to Birth-to-Three, as his brain injury might be the cause for his speech and language delay. My heart is waiting for the day when he will say, “Mama.”

There have been many improvements and we are so lucky that Finn has made so much progress since that dreadful day in March. However, there have been other setbacks. I had to take off a month of work to be with Finn. I am a teacher. When I went back to work, we made the decision that my husband would stay home with our sons and resign from his full-time job. My husband found a part-time, evening position for less pay to help support our family's livelihood. We have accumulated medical debt. There will be more follow up appointments for Finn’s retinas and other medical checkups. The mounting medical debt and the developmental setbacks our son, Finn, has endured has been emotionally and financially taxing. Due to these unforeseen circumstances, we are in need of the support of our family, friends, and the community. My husband, Andy Amschler, and I are very appreciative of any support for our family at this time.

Thank you for taking the time to read my cousin's summary. Any donation of any amount is greatly appreciated. It would be so nice to help Finn and his family move forward with strength and less financial debt. Thank you so much!

Donations

  • ERNEST REMONDINI LINDQUIST MACHINE CORP 
    • $261 
    • 45 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 45 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 45 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 45 mos
  • Laura & Jan Chiglo 
    • $50 
    • 45 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Stepheni Curran 
Organizer
De Pere, WI
Amy Amschler 
Beneficiary
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