On June 2nd, 2017, my father Charles Scuilla suffered a Hemorrhagic Stroke (Basal Ganglia Hemorrhage, to be exact). He was airlifted to INOVA Fairfax Hospital and MRI results showed a massive bleed and significant swelling - surgery was needed immediately. The surgeon determined the cause of his stroke to be from a rupturing of an Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) on his brain.
To our family’s relief, the surgery was a success. Unfortunately, his battle didn’t stop there. He sustained a significant amount of brain damage from the bleed and the pressure, and still had quite the road ahead of himself.
The weeks following were a constant struggle. While he remained in a coma, he continued his fight to recover from the injury. The area of his brain that was affected by his stroke was responsible for a lot of the autonomic tasks, so even something as basic as body temperature regulation was a hurdle to get past.
Miraculously, he started regaining consciousness. It wasn’t instantaneous - but every week we saw him become a little more aware and capable.
He is now at Manassas Health & Rehab Center continuing his recovery.
Our family is currently taking measures to ensure sustainability now that we have a clearer understanding of his recovery plan. The goal I've set for this campaign is the portion of his medical expenses during this transition period that we simply can't cover alone. We've done our best to keep up with everything needed, but as coverage wanes, we simply can't manage what's required for his care.
Please only contribute what you can - whether it's by financial support, sharing this to more of Charlie's friends/colleagues, or just in keeping him in your thoughts and prayers.
- Joe Faist