In October 2011, four days shy of her first birthday, Brooke Dubeau was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor (grade 2 Ependymoma). Brooke underwent brain surgery at Boston Children's Hospital two days after the diagnosis, during which she suffered a stroke. As a result of the tumor, Brooke requires a tracheotomy to help her breathe, and due to the paralysis of Brooke's vocal chords resulting from her surgery, she cannot use her mouth to eat and therefore requires a permanent feeding tube. Brooke is nonverbal. She cannot stand or walk and suffers seizures weekly. She needs to be connected to a ventilator while sleeping because of severe sleep apnea. Brooke's medical needs are constant. Brooke spent four months in the ICU at Boston Children's Hospital and was then transferred to Franciscan Hospital for rehab for another two months.
Brooke has two older siblings "“ Vail (age 6) and Luke (age 5) "“ and one younger sibling "“ Jace (age 1) (John and Krissie found out they were expecting with Jace while in the hospital with Brooke after her diagnosis). John is a firefighter with the Boston Fire Department and, because of the constant care that Brooke requires, Krissie (Brooke's mother) left her full-time job to stay at home and care for Brooke and her siblings. With four children, and going from a two-income family to only one income, it has been a financial burden on John and Krissie.
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