Kevin suffered a severe traumatic brain injury (Diffuse Axonal Injury) as well as many facial fractures and a shattered left wrist. Over his 2 weeks in the Intensive Care Unit, he eventually acquired pneumonia that continued to worsen despite treatment.
After all efforts to decrease the intracranial pressure in his brain had been exhausted, the medical team decided to place him in an induced coma- shutting off all stimulus, with the desired outcome of lessening the pressure, and producing a healing effect. However, Kevin became more unstable, especially in his abilities to be adequately oxygenated. On Saturday evening, January 9th, he suffered a cardiac arrest. However, the medical team was able to regain his heartbeat after about 2 minutes. Michelle and *Kevin (Father) decided to call on God in a big way...if Kevin handled the next CT Scan on his brain well, they would continue all medical efforts. But if he did not handle it well, they would allow him to go on Home to our God. He did not do well. His oxygen levels dropped drastically and the team was unable to stabilize his oxygenation mechanically. Michelle and *Kevin, in a completely selfless manner, allowed Kevin to go Home to Jesus. After exactly 2 weeks from the accident, on January 9th, at 6:54pm, Kevin Lee Ellis saw Jesus face to face! With Michelle laying on his chest, and *Kevin holding his hand, he left this world in a very similar manner as he entered... with hands held and heartbeats touching. He is FREE! After 2 weeks of intense suffering, this kind, gentle, loyal, 20 year old young man is free at last!
As you can imagine, the bills are stacking up. Because his accident carried over into 2 years, (occurred in 2020, passed to Jesus in 2021) Michelle and *Kevin must pay 2 years worth of deductibles. Considering the enormity of what it costs in an ICU, there will inevitably be a lot of bills. We hope this sum will get them started in the right direction as we all come together to provide and care for this family.
- Michelle Harper
- John Bodoh
- Catherine Scott
- Margaret Janicki
- Linda Brekke
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