FCC Stearns Speech Recovery

Bob, FCC(SW) Stearns, my best friend, is trying to get back to a normal life one year after nearly losing his life. Bob was living a good life; promoted to Chief in the U.S. Navy in just under seven years, bought a house, and living with his soulmate, wife Yadrialy (Jolly) Stearns.

On September 5th, 2017 his whole life changed. Bob came home and was complaining about a headache and was nauseous. Jolly brought him to the Naval Hospital at NAS Jacksonville, they sent him home stating he was dehydrated.  Reporting to work the next day he was still not well, Jolly brought him to St. Vincent's hospital where an MRI was administered, and they discovered he had at least one stroke.

Further examination revealed Bob had three strokes, pneumonia, and a collapsed lung. Shortly after, he slipped into a coma for three and a half weeks. Weeks of testing by specialists he had contracted via mosquito bite, an extremely rare disease, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) or Triple E. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), an average of two human cases is reported in the Western Hemisphere annually.  With a 33 percent mortality rate and 95.6 chance of lasting impacts, Bob is both an extremely lucky and unlucky man.

After diagnosis he was transferred to the James A.  Haley VA hospital on October 17, 2017; unable to walk, talk, feed, or bathe himself for the next four months.  Breathing and feeding tubes kept Bob in the fight; his extreme resilience and perseverance over incredible odds allowed him to resume a semblance of what we all take for granted on a daily basis--a normal life. On June 20th, 2018; Bob returned to his career. However, he fights an uphill battle every day with his speech. 

That is why I'm starting this page, For a procedure you have to see to believe (video attached).

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Robert Stearns 
Raised $2,975 from 35 donations
Jacksonville, FL
Jolly Stearns 
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Raised $620 from 7 donations

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