On May 5th our beloved Austin was involved in an accident in Ambergris Caye, Belize. Austin fell and hit his head extremely hard. After 30 minutes of driving him to the mainland of the island, his friends were able to get him to a clinic, from there they then helped fly him to Belize City where further exams and tests were done. Austin is currently on mainland Belize and his injuries are as follows: a fractured skull, internal brain bleeding and swelling. The bleeding in Austins brain is not slowing down and he requires surgery to help reduce the pressure, and allow for the swelling to go up and down so there is as minimal damage as possible. Our main goal is to bring him back to America safely where he can receive better medical care and where his insurance will be effective.
We are raising money for his care flight home to America and to help with the medical bills in Belize. Any help is greatly appreciated and the sooner the better. Austin's amazing personality and desire for life is undeniable and the world is a happier place with him in it and with him by our sides. We cant wait to have him back home safe where he can make further steps towards his recovery.
Yesterday May 6, at 10 AM Austin went in for more scans of his brain. The scans concluded that the bleeding in his brain was not slowing down, there was a large blood clot, and swelling of the brain. The built up pressure in Austins brain was too severe and they were forced to operate. The doctors in Belize took Austin in for surgery around 2 PM, their plan was to drill small burr holes into the skull to reduce pressure which was scheduled to take approximately one hour. While in surgery the doctors noticed that Austins brain was lacking a pulse due to how much swelling had occurred. Because of this, the doctors were forced to removed a piece of Austin's skull on the left side, after a few hours with the piece removed they were able to get back a pulse to his brain and began to stabilize him. He spent a total of 4 and a half hours undergoing brain surgery in Belize.
Today May 7, the goal is to bring Austin home to the US. He is in a medically induced coma and may be stable enough to be put on a care flight back home. If Austin is stable enough to fly back to American soil he will either be taken to a hospital in Florida or Texas, from there on doctors will make further choices for his treatment and recovery.
On May 7th Austin was cleared to fly back home to America. After several hours of prep work for the crew, the care flight reached Austin in Belize and successfully brought him back to the US. When he arrived he was still in the medically induced coma, and on the ventilator. Austin is currently in Ft. Lauderdale Florida with his parents by his side.
May 8th- Austin has made huge steps today. The doctors were able to remove the ventilator, and begin the process of slowly weening him off the medications keeping him in the coma. Austin knows where he is, but is extremely confused. He is responsive to most commands and can open his eyes and squeeze your hand. Austin is able to drink water and the doctors have put him on a clear liquid diet. Austin's neurosurgeon determined that everything looked great today, and he also confirmed that having the surgery done in Belize saved his life. We couldn't be more grateful for the outcome.
Finally having Austin with his family and seeing him make positive steps towards his recovery has given us so much hope. He is making incredible progress already and we can not wait to have him back to 100% health.