Allen was airlifted to the nearest trauma hospital, in Greenville, NC, which was over 45 minutes away by helicopter. En route, he went into cardiac arrest, and was without a pulse for over 10 minutes, which deprived his brain of necessary oxygen. Once he was in ICU, in critical care, Allen was unresponsive and unable to wake for days. His family was heartbroken, thinking that he would never awaken, but with the constant bedside support of his loving wife, Carina, the amazing ICU staff and physicians, and all the prayers of all who care, Allen did wake up, and his journey toward recovery began. He has had seizures and has neurological damage from all that he has been through, and is currently receiving intensive inpatient rehabilitation treatment. His trach tube was removed one week ago, and he is now able to eat. He is currently learning how to walk with assistance, and improving in many ways. The lack of oxygen and events thereafter has caused cortical blindness. It is not yet known if he will recover his vision.
Allen has a long recovery ahead of him, and once he is able to return to his home, he will require 24 hour care and assistance with daily living. He will be unable to work in his job as a nurse for awhile, modifications will need to be made to the family home to make life easier for Allen and his precious family, and he may possibly need the assistance of a therapy dog in the future in order to live as normal a life as possible. Allen still has a very long road ahead of him and a long way to go to have any independence.
So many of you have asked to follow Allen's story and have been asking for ways you can help. He is going on 2 months now in the hospital, and the insurance premiums and bills are adding up. If you have a giving heart, and want to help Allen and his family get through the days ahead, we encourage you to give as you feel led. Any amount is helpful and will be appreciated, as it will go toward paying bills, and modifications to the home to accommodate for wheelchair access through doorways and in the bathroom. It will also go toward basic necessities while the family income is very low.
Thank you so much for your love and concern, and please know that Allen and Carina are eternally grateful for your support as they find themselves navigating through a new normal and in a situation they never imagined could happen.
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