Friday, August 4th, 9:30am
Thursday was a joyful day for Ben, as he was discharged from ICU and transferred to TIRR to begin his journey of Physical Therapy and Neuro Rehab. For those who are not familiar, TIRR stands for "The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research". TIRR is part of Memorial Hermann Hospital, and is considered one of, if not, the best neurological rehab and research hospital in the U.S. Ben is truly blessed to be cared for in such an amazing place, and it is obvious that God continues to provide only the best for him as he begins his road to recovery.
Although Benjamin is out of ICU, it is still best for him to have limited visitors. Too much stimulation can both excite and exhaust him. For this reason, we ask that you contact Claire or Brittany before you make plans to visit. Rest assured, Ben would love to see all of you when the timing is right, and we pray that the time for such visits is not too far away!
We continue to offer thanks and praise to God for all of your kind thoughts and abundant generosity. We ask that you please keep Ben and Brittany in your daily prayers, as they faithfully travel the path of rehabilitation together.
Thanks, and God bless you all...
Update #3 on Ben: Third Brain Surgery Completed...
Tuesday, August 1st, 10:00am
Yesterday was another great day for Benjamin! You may not think having another surgery in his brain could be so wonderful, but when the results are all positive, it truly is a great day! Ben's third brain surgery implanted an internal shunt which will allow for the drainage of fluid preventing the build up of cranial pressure. His external drain was also removed during the procedure. This surgery will further stabilize his condition and move Ben toward rehab, PT and OT more quickly. His doctors were extremely pleased with the results and are now discussing his transfer out of ICU and into a step-down unit!
Again, all of these positive steps would not be happening without your continuous faithful prayers. We cannot begin to express our gratitude for your expressions of love and support for Benjamin. Words are never enough, but for now its all we have...
Thank you all so very much,
With love, Claire, Brittany, Dominic and Evie
Update #2 on Ben: Post Heart Surgery News...
Tuesday, August 1st, 9:00am
Dear Friends, thank you for your prayers, they are being ansswered! As mentioned previously, Ben received heart surgery last week to repair his Aorta and Aortic Heart Valve. That procedure went extremely well and Ben was gifted with both a donor Aortic stem and valve. This was a tremendous blessing in that these human organs will be accepted much more readily by Ben's body and they will also last much longer for his long-term health. Ben's heart surgeons were delighted with the results! Since his heart surgery, Ben's overall condition has stabilized significantly and he has shown more energy and responsiveness! Please keep the prayers going! We thank God for your most generous gifts!
Update on Ben: Heart Surgery this morning...
Tuesday, July 25th, 7:30am
Ben was just brought back for surgery to repair his Aorta and to replace his Aortic Heart Valve. While Ben has experienced a few small advances, his condition continues to be critical. His surgeons have determined that he is stable enough to proceed with the heart surgery that must be done to correct the heart problems that led to his brain anuerysms. Please keep Ben in your prayers throughout this day as he fights through the next set of challenges he faces. We greatly appreciate your powerful prayers, and your overwhelming generosity...
Original Post, Tuesday, July 18th...
In the early morning hours of Monday, July 17th, while awaiting surgery to replace an infected aortic heart valve, Ben suffered multiple ruptured brain aneurysms which have resulted in current right side paralysis, and diminished cognitive and motor skills. Ben is currently in critical condition and being cared for in the neurologic ICU ward of Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas. His prognosis is uncertain, and while currently fighting the toughest battle of his life, he is also still in need of the critically important heart valve replacement surgery which has now been postponed.
Ben is only 33 years old, having celebrated his birthday on Easter Sunday of this year. He is a 2002 graduate of St. Thomas More Catholic High School and a 2007 graduate of UL. Ben and his wife Brittany have two beautiful children, three year old Dominic, and one year old Evelyn.
Your donations will help relieve the burden of the extensive medical expenses Ben has incurred, and the future cost of his continued long term care, and much needed heart valve surgery.
Thank you for your kind gifts and prayers.
- Anne McFarland
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- Laura Weaver
- Allison Spence
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