Unfortunately on the 27th of November 2017 this all changed.
Having worked extremely hard to prepare her year twelve and year thirteen reports, Aisling went into school. This is where she fainted for the first time, causing her to hit her head hard on the floor. After three minutes knocked out she came to and was sat in a wheelchair disorientated but totally aware, as she was giving orders (typical Aisling!) to the teachers who would be picking up her work for the day and was a little frustrated at the fuss being made over what seemed to be a simple faint caused by stress. Luckily, Aisling was put in an ambulance and quickly transported to the hospital.
Once in the ambulance things started to take a serious turn. Aisling suffered three seizures on the journey and luckily, within the space of fifteen minutes, was in a hospital bed. Once led down she then suffered the first of three cardiac arrests. After three to four minutes of resuscitation she was brought back, to then suffer the second and third cardiac arrests, each resulting in three to four minutes of resuscitation. This was then further complicated with a stroke, caused by a shower of smaller clots to the brain. This has caused serious damage to the brain and, combined with the total of twelve minutes of hypoxia, really left her cardio-vascular system and brain very, very weak,
The cause of all of this was a Pulmonary Embolism which had formed in her leg over a long period of time, rushing up to her heart and eventually ending up caught in her lungs. Aisling has remarkably thick blood and with the frequent flying since moving, it has caused this to be brought on sooner.
We are extremely lucky to be able to start this page today, as just over two weeks ago we were given no hope. If the ambulance was a minute later, we wouldn't be here.
We are praying that soon we can leave the acute phase, which currently totals sixteen days. This will hopefully be within the coming weeks and it is from here Aisling will be fully focused on the small steps to her recovery, as family, friends, acquaintances and strangers, we must think of the long term so Aisling can focus on the here and now to get better.
Everybody that knows Aisling understands she is resilient, driven, stubborn and tenacious and she will not settle for anything less than getting her life back up to speed. With the right help and support, there is every hope we can together get her back to her loving and caring self. She has left huge footprints in the world, on our lives, let's make sure she can keep doing that.
The first part of Aisling’s long term rehabilitation and recovery involves getting her home to Ireland. Her medical insurance provided by the school does not cover anything with regards to emergency medical evacuation or rehabilitation at home, so Terry and Antonette will need to front these costs.
A lot of you have reached out and asked if you can fund raise or help in anyway. This is where you could really help us.
This is my call to all of you to is to allow her family to worry about the important thing and not the financial burden - but focusing on getting Aisling to 100%!
We have done a lot of research and quotations, spoken to the embassy for advice and negotitated hard with the potential providers and it is not a cheap process. Due to her condition, this is an extremely risky movement so we must take every step we can to mitigate the risk and we will only go with the absolute best for Aisling, it really is the least we can do after she has suffered such horrific events.
We have decided to go for a full Air Ambulance. This is a jet which will fly at a much lower altitude (roughly 10,000 feet) and is essentially a hospital in the sky. She will have a cardiac specialist, Neuro specialist, general doctor and nurses on-board, as well as a pre-mapped routes with potential emergency landing locations aligned. Once landed they will arrange for her to be made comfortable in a hospital in Ireland. It is a complete bed to bed service and on that basis is extremely expensive.
Now, as Aisling's condition improves over the coming weeks, there may be areas that we can save on the total amount and this cost may reduce, however any remaining money will go into Aisling’s rehabilitation program, which is going to be a long and hard road for all involved. This could be anything from helping her learn to communicate again, motor skills or even logical thinking, it is a very broad spectrum which we do not have information on but we will keep everybody updated.
A special account has been setup with appointed trusties back in Ireland and all money raised will go into that and be used to enable the family to get the Aisling we all know and love back to her big hearted self.
We are working on a special way to thank everyone who makes a donation to help get our beloved Aisling back home to Ireland and get the immediate help she will need. Whether you can donate €1, €100 or a €1000, please leave your email in the comments so we can send you a special message once it is ready! Every donation will bring Aisling one step closer to full health and happiness again.
Thank you all again,
- Joan Cusack
- Aileen Wruck
- Pauline McGuinness
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