On Wednesday, October 3rd 2018, my family received a horrifying phone call in regards to our dear uncle, brother, and friend William "Bill" Leavitt. We were told Bill had suffered a large brain aneurysm, and was being transferred via life-flight for emergency neurosurgery. The aneurysm, which we now have learned runs in our family, had ruptured and caused a grade 5 subarachnoid hemorrhage, which had subsequently lead to a massive stroke.
Nevertheless, following his miraculous surgery, Bill survived and was transferred to the ICU - Condition: Critical, Coma. His Neurosurgeon proceeded to tell our family that "his prognosis was very poor, and that approximately 80% of people in similar conditions have died instantaneously". The neurosurgeon then questioned us about any advanced directives or living wills, four hours after his operation.
At that time, his neurosurgeon was very honest about his current condition and his likely clinical outcome - If Bill makes it through the next 24 hrs which are critical, his life will be tremendously different and he likely will live the rest of his life in a vegetative state.
On Thursday October 4th 2018, only 24 hours later. Our Bill opened his eyes and squeezed our hands, letting us know that he was here with us. We now have hope!
Bill still cannot move, see, or speak. Sometimes, he can give us a "thumbs up" with his right hand.
He is still in very critical condition. However, he is now on the road to recovery and he has a chance at life again.
As you probably know, medical bills are no joke. Brain surgery and ICU care is expensive. Bill's recovery in the hospital will last for weeks, and then most likely will have to be transported to a rehabilitation hospital so he can regain whatever motor control he can.
Unfortunately, Bill does not have medical insurance at this time due to a career change (He had it at his old job, and hasn't been at his new job long enough for benefits)
We ask of you for a small donation to help him financially.
Any amount helps. Thank you.
Thumbs up for Bill!!!
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