My name is Heidi Harmon I have been a good friend of the Montgomery's for about the last 20 years. They helped me so much dealing with my son and his severe disabilities and this time they need help. Both Buddy and Stacey are the kind of people that would do anything for anyone. Stacey is a nurse who has not been working due to a genetic painful disease she has been battling and being treated at John Hopkins in Baltimore before Buddys injury . I have watched her work so hard caring for others until the doctors told her she wasn't allowed to work any longer until she was stronger. Being the stubborn, strong willed woman she is she put 100% in every day to get better for her family and now her husband, Buddy.
Buddy is a local fire fighter who got hurt at work on a call in January this year. Stacey has to focus on Buddy and their family and try to hold together because she knows the first year is so incredibly important in a brain injury. Buddy will be admitted soon to intensive inpatient neuro recovery/therap/ out of town.
The Montgomery's two youngest girls will be traveling to come out to see and encourage their Dad as much as school allows. This all will get very expensive. They dont need that burden right now in addition to everything else. Please help if you can. Every bit helps, especially lots of prayers
Buddy was Injured on a Fire Department call in January that caused him to have hydrocephalus (water on the brain) as well as other injuries- He was taken Lees Summit Medical center and quickly transferred Research
Medical Center, in Kansas City to have an emergency craniotomy (brain surgery) to relieve the pressure on his brain on February 1st. Sadly 18 hours later a hemorrhage was discovered and he was had to be taken back to surgery for a second craniotomy and left frontal lobe resection. (Some of the Left front part of brain removed) He had a continuous
bleed until February 16th and because of this was unable to be put on Medication to keep his blood thin and prevent blood clots. Consequently, he developed multiple blood clots, requiring a filter to be placed to help catch them until bleeding stopped. It was known at the beginning of the injury that he would have to have surgery on his spine and shoulder. He had several other set backs over the last few months ranging from blood pressure, pneumonia and cliff all delaying surgery and his ability to go to rehabilitation. In April he became stable enough for the surgery on his spine, he had a discetomy (removal of the disc) at C3 and C6&C7 were fused and titanium plate was placed
to stabilize his neck and head. He had more complications and had to postpone the next the surgery until June at which time they found his bicep was ruptured. If all
goes well when the IVC filter is removed Wednesday he will then have an MRI of his head and given the green light to be admitted to QLI tri dimensional traumatic brain injury rehabilitation. They do not allow anyone to stay with him in the room, including Stacey and the kids. When she asked if they had any idea of how long his stay will be she was told they tell everyone to plan on 90 days it could be more or less.
The family is hoping that with this kind of intensive specialized therapy he will have a noticeable improvement with short term memory, speech, multistep problems /daily tasks and regain some of his independence. The first year is the most crucial as our brain's get the most back during this time, this doesn't mean if he doesn't have something back within the time frame it's lost forever just that it becomes increasingly difficult as time passes.
Buddy deserves the best chance at healing and his family needs not a hand out but a hand up to focus on him and being a family.
- aaron wilson
- Jeff Wedgewood
- Brandon Coomes
- John Zaver