Fund for Mick Hastings Denise Schooley

On March 13, 2014, my cousin Michael V. Hastings (Mick) suffered a severe cerebral stroke.  He was taken to a local regional hospital where they airlifted him to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, IN.  A wonderful,talented neurologist performed emergency brain surgery to save his life.  The surgeon gave us very little hope of survival.  The first picture of him was after his brain surgery where he was in ICU for a week.  The 2nd picture is Mick out of ICU in less than a week and enjoying a visit from his good friends' nephew.  Mick loves his friend's children and we knew a visit from BJ would lift his spirits.

We still do not know the exact cause for such a young man to suffer a severe stroke.  He was in two extremely serious car accidents this past winter where there could have been some injury sustained and not found and treated.

Fast forward to current day, he is out of ICU, off the ventilatior and walking with the help of Physical Therapy.  He's also receiving Occupational and Speech Therapy but still cannot swallow.  He went through a procedure yesterday to insert his feeding tube directly into his belly and out of his nose.  This helped to get him into a rehabilitation as soon as tomorrow.  Mick will be moved to Community North Rehabilitation Hospital where he can learn to swallow (God willing) and become the same strong and intelligent young man he was prior to his stroke.

My Aunt Denise lost her husband a year and a half ago at the very young age of 48.  This loss caused her and Mick to go on Cobra.  Cobra became too expensive to maintain and both are without insurance currently.  Denise was just starting a new job when this tragedy occurred so her career has been put on hold.  She is with Mick every day in the hospital and will continue to do so now that he is being moved to the rehabilitation hospital.  After he is released from rehab, she will be required to be with him 24/7.

Every day Denise has to make decisions about Mick's treatments, his future, providing of needed documents, paperwork to fill out, harassing bill collector calls, and now a new place to live.  Mick cannot come home from rehab to a place with stairs so she is now facing that stress and journey of finding a new home and moving quickly.  Denise's bills are pilling up and she has no way to help herself at the current time.  My cousin Mick is her main focus now as I'm sure everyone can relate to especially if you are a parent.  He is her only child and only immediate family member left.
Denise is not a person to ask for help but she is realizing this is "bigger than she is" and that she cannot do this on her own.  I want to help her all I can and thankfully she has a great support system in her family and friends.  But, unfortunately, this is not enough to handle the incredibly hard uphill battle she is facing.
Any help she can receive to eliminate some of her stress so she can focus on getting her child well would be greatly appreciated.

Heather McClain (Mick's Cousin_


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Denise Schooley Lee 
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