You may know Maureen Mullaney Eischeid from when she was a student at Omaha’s St. Pius the Tenth School, Benson High, or UNO. Possibly you know Maureen’s family- the Mullaneys. Our mother Ann, father Jim, brother Mike, sister Patricia (myself), and Maureen lived in an old house at 60th and Blondo. Our parents eventually moved to New Cassel Retirement Center, where our father passed away in 2008, and where our mother recently celebrated her 100th birthday.
Maureen’s dream was to have a career as an early childhood teacher. She loved working with the little ones, and as a teen, she worked at several daycare centers. After earning her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, Maureen began her career teaching pre-school and kindergarten.
Maureen married Dan Eischeid in 1987, and her beloved daughter Jenny was born in 1991. The Eischeids are a devout Catholic family and are members of St. Columbkille parish. Maureen taught preschool and kindergarten at St. Columbkille for 21 years. Perhaps she taught a member of your own family. She was a devoted and caring teacher.
What Happened to Maureen
In late June 2017, Maureen experienced balance problems, muscle weakness, and slurred speech. A CT scan showed that she had brain swelling, and she was admitted to Bergen Mercy Hospital. Within a couple weeks, she lost her ability to move. She was put on a ventilator due to pneumonia, could not speak or swallow, and was placed on a feeding tube. Despite multiple tests, including MRIs, bone scans, EEGs, and a brain biopsy, doctors locally and nationally could not provide a definitive diagnosis. The current opinion is that she has an autoimmune disorder, possibly a rare and severe form of multiple sclerosis that is destroying the myelin of her brain cells. She is currently a patient in Immanuel Hospital’s ICU where neurologists continue to research and try treatments, but she is becoming increasingly ill.
The Reason for This Appeal
The Eischeid family has severe financial need due to insurance deductibles and co-pays for Maureen’s hospitalization and doctor and laboratory fees. If Maureen improves, recovery will be limited, and she will need long-term nursing care, not covered by insurance. If she does not improve, she will be placed in hospice care.
Thank you for whatever you can contribute to help my sister Maureen Eischeid and her family. And thank you for your prayers.
(For those who would prefer to donate by check, a bank account has been set up in her name: Maureen Eischeid Medical Expense Fund, Account ending in 5580, First National Bank of Omaha, 7855 South 84th Street, La Vista, NE 68128)
Patricia Mullaney Lauer
Note- I do not have a Facebook account so I hope this does not keep you from donating. I created this campaign as a favor for my brother-in-law Dan Eischeid while he and daughter Jenny struggle with financial pressures and health decisions regarding Maureen.
Maureen with daughter Jenny at St. Columbkille School
Maureen with mother Ann, daughter Jenny, and husband Dan
Maureen at Immanuel Hospital following a brain biopsy and a tracheostomy
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