Upon his arrival, KJ was still unresponsive. KJ was then examined by emergency room physicians and the on-call neurologist. The final diagnosis given to KJ was a hemorrhagic stroke with a blood clot located on the brain stem. Due to the location of the clot, surgery to remove it was not an option. A small hole was drilled into KJ's skull to help alleviate the pressure surrounding KJ's brain caused by the stroke. Even with this treatment, given his medical history and the information provided by the previous hospital, KJ was given a 10% chance to live and family was urged to come to the hospital to say their goodbye's. Little did these physicians know that KJ is a fighter and has the love and support of too many people to count. Through constant and continuous prayer from his family and friends, KJ woke up from the coma on March 13th. KJ's initial progress is nothing short of a miracle, even hospital staff couldn't believe that he woke up from his injuries.
KJ was moved from the neurosurgical intensive care unit the week of March 26th and is currently in the respiratory care unit, where he is slowly being weaned of a respirator, which has assisted his breathing since the initial injury. The recovery process from any traumatic brain injury is long and will take the time and energy from ALL of KJ's family and friends. As with any type of stroke, KJ will undergo therapy to help him regain basic, everyday functions like holding a pen, throwing a ball, picking up a cup, etc. This process can take anywhere from 3 months to a full year, which will truly be dependent on KJ's will and dedication to progress. Considering the progress that KJ has already made, we hope to have him back home and back to the fun-loving KJ that we all know and love, in the near future. Throughout this entire ordeal, KJ's 7 year old son Tyler, has served as his good luck charm. All of KJ's progress took place on days where Tyler visited with his father. The bond that these two share is nothing short of AMAZING and inspirational. Tyler gives his father the strength and will he needs to make progress and make a full recovery!
This page was started to assist with costs that insurance does not cover. KJ has loved ones at his bedside 24 hours a day, which is subsequently causing them to take extended leaves of absence from their respective places of work. Although KJ had money saved, these funds are quickly being depleted. KJ is also no longer to work and this loss of income will inevitably begin to effect his ability to provide for his family, most importantly the well-being of his son. We set the goal hoping that this will be able to cover basic and rehab associated expenses for KJ and his family. No donation is too small and every donation is greatly appreciated by his family. If you are unable to donate and are close to the family, please consider spending time with Tyler while KJ is in rehab. Thank you to all who took time to read this message and offer any type of support, whether it be spiritually, monetarily or through in-kind donations. God Bless!
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