Debbie and Matt Allbee

Three weeks ago, my brother Matt and sister-in-law Debbie headed to Mayo Clinic to get answers for some chronic health issues that Matt has been dealing with. The day before they were going to have their final appointments and hopefully some answers and a health care plan, Matt suffered from Angioedema where his airway closed and he had to be intubated and put on a ventilator. This lasted for several days as they tried to counteract the swelling. Once they were able to take it out, he had another reaction a couple days later and was intubated again. When the swelling went down and he was finally strong enough to leave and finish his appointments as an outpatient, he developed a fever that they assumed was from the flu. Doctors ran tests at the ER, and assuming it was the flu, allowed him to be released to rest and recover. The next morning, hoping to finally be headed home Matt, Debbie, and my mom were 45 minutes away when they got the call that he actually had sepsis (blood infection) and needed to head back to the hospital right away. He is currently being treated for sepsis and they are monitoring and testing to be sure that the infection doesn’t spread to his organs. To say this has been a traumatic roller coaster for Matt, Debbie and our entire family is putting it mildly. Once they get this infection under control, they are still looking at several weeks of recovery. This is going to be a continued struggle for them as they also care for their two small children. We so appreciate the love, prayers, and support you have shown during this extremely difficult time. Many people have asked how to help. Debbie and Matt have incurred hotel and food expenses while they’ve been away and have mounting medical bills to come home to. We also don’t know yet what the recovery will look like and how much work they will both continue to miss. Please consider donating to them to make their burden a little lighter during this very difficult time. Words can’t express how much I wish I could make this somehow easier for them and do more to help Debbie as she cares for him. I’ve always been so incredibly close to my brother and he is constantly trying to take care of me. He would give anyone the shirt off his back. Even on a ventilator he was writing on his board that I need to feed my mom and Debbie and get them clean sheets at the hotel, asking us to bring lunch back for his 24 hour nurses and trying to give away his miles when he heard the rest of our family was going to fly out to see him. Now let’s do what we can to take care of him and his sweet family. Thank you! ❤️

  • Jeremy Fries 
    • $125 
    • 52 mos
  • Terry Wimpee 
    • $100 
    • 52 mos
  • Bryan & Sonia Hammond 
    • $50 
    • 52 mos
  • Heidi Swarthout  
    • $50 
    • 53 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $500 
    • 53 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Brittny Allbee Leyva 
Yorkville, IL
Deborah Allbee