Brittany had been taken out of work for two weeks prior to finding out she had a heart attack and stroke. She had been taken out for Pneumonia. She started to feel dizzy and was not getting any better and went to the emergency room. From there they had determined Brittany had a stroke that was caused by her having a heart attack.
She was rushed into three surgeries, two of which were very risky and we are lucky for such an amazing team at Upstate to pull her through. First she underwent the process of taking the pressure off her brain. Once the pressure from her brain was released it opened the blocked valve in her heart, causing the blood clots that were there to release to her legs. She was rushed into open heart surgery where they were able to pull most of the clotting and repair the damage to her heart. After the open heart surgery she then had to have the clots removed from her legs. The chance she could loose a leg, both legs or her feet still loomed in the unknown. Brittany made it out of all surgeries alive and in a lot of pain. She has made amazing progress for having gone through what she did. She can talk but she does not have mobility yet. She is looking at a 2-3 week stay at upstate where they will continue to monitor her. After that she will need rehabilitation. This is not a short fix and her being out of work puts her mother in very hard times.
To try and speak to Brittany's character will not do it justice but I will try.Brittany has an endless love for animals, her princess being Chloe but she treats them all with love and caring. Her favorite times are watching the baby red pandas grow up at work. Brittany baby sits her friends son, and often you have to fight to give her money, she does it because she wants to spend time with him and she is his best friend. Brittany is always putting everyone's wants and needs before her own, often times I don't think she even realizes she does. She is a wallflower that feels like she goes unnoticed, but her absence in the zoo she works at is profound and noticeable. I am lucky to know such a selfless and genuine person.Brittany is loved by her employees, her family and her friends.
At this time Brittany lives with her mom and together they pay their bills for the household. Currently Brittanys' uncle who is fighting cancer lives with them as well. This has not been an easy year and with Brittany out of work the loss is taking a toll on the family.
I would like to be able to raise money to help with whatever medical bills are not covered and to help cover the household bills so neither Brittany or her Mother have to worry what is going to happen.
I appreciate any help that will keep this family afloat in their tough times. Linda is working as much as she can but Brittany's care takes up a lot of Linda's time. I know Brittany would never ask for help and that is all the more reason she needs it most.
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