Kevin is a fun loving, kind, and generous 18 year old with many aspirations and a bright future ahead of him. On the evening of Friday October 12, 2018 Kevin complained of having a headache for which he asked that he be taken to the Emergency. At the emergency we were sent home by the doctor with a prescription for antibiotics for a throat infection and told to give him Tylenol for the headache. Early Saturday morning he was found in his bed trembling, sweating, and struggling to tell his mom that his head was hurting. That same morning we took him back to the emergency room; over the course of the day and into Saturday evening countless tests were done all while he was displaying signs of having seizures and slowly Kevin was becoming unresponsive. By the evening Kevin was completely unresponsive and shaking uncontrollably in the hospital bed. He was soon rushed to the Surrey Memorial ICU with a suspected diagnosis of meningitis. On arriving to the ICU Kevin was put into an induced coma and placed on a ventilator. That was when we were first told he might not make it.
Kevin was urgently moved to Vancouver General Hospital ICU, to undergo further diagnostics. The medical team soon learned they were not dealing with a case of meningitis and one by one all possible diagnosis were excluded. His stay in the VGH ICU was challenging and at times terrifying. There he had a brain biopsy, had a tracheostomy inserted among numerous other medical procedures. He remained on the ventilator, non responsive and having countless seizures. Kevin was on numerous medications including multiple anti seizure medications, he remained lifeless, and his slender frame withered away. He was so vulnerable, and was set back with multiple infections. At countless meetings we were informed of the extent of Kevin's brain damage and given extremely guarded prognoses, that he would likely not have any meaningful quality of life. After five months in the VGH ICU Kevin was transferred back to Surrey Memorial Hospital to their Neurology unit. At Surrey hospital his tracheostomy tube was finally removed in May after nearly seven months. As his anti seizure medications were decreased Kevin started to wake up. Throughout, we were informed by numerous clinicians that Kevin would not be a candidate for rehab and that he would not make any meaningful recovery.
However, Kevin defied those odds and at the beginning of June was moved to Sunny Hill Health Centre under the care of their amazing team of doctors, nurses, and therapists. It is here where we began to see the extent of the damage that this illness has had not only on Kevin's mental state, but his physical, emotional, and physiological state. Kevin remained a fighter and made gains that nobody ever expected. Despite being told that he may never even move a finger, Kevin stayed strong and took part in all of his therapy sessions, exceeding all expectations and making new goals for himself every day. Even though Kevin was making gains at Sunny Hill he needed to be transitioned home as he had spent the better part of a year in hospital and was ready to face the next stage of his recovery, returning home.
Now we face the reality that Kevin will no longer receive daily therapy including Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy, and Occupational Therapy all of which he was benefiting greatly from and making progress towards reaching his goals. Kevin is now at home and we are recognizing that in order to provide him with the therapies he needs to continue to make gains in his recovery, we must seek private physio, OT and speech. Kevin will require regular therapy for the foreseeable future, months to years. We are now looking at thousands of dollars in therapy costs as well as equipment costs. While Kevin has made great gains, he is still dependent on a wheelchair and has not yet developed his ability to speak. Kevin requires regular physio to help regain his strength and motor control to once again be able to stand and walk, he also requires speech therapy to help develop his ability to communicate. Kevin exercises on his own every day and looks at his trophies and medals telling his family and friends that one day he will be back on the field doing what he loves. Kevin also wants to be able to talk to his friends and joke around the same way he did as a regular high school kid. Simply put he just wants to be a “regular” teenager again.
We are reaching out to our to community of family and friends, kind strangers, and anyone that knows Kevin to please donate to help us give Kevin the future he deserves. Kevin and his family are forever grateful with any donation that is provided.