On September 1, 2020 my fiancé Jeff was found unresponsive in his car and was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital. He had suffered a sudden and unexpected severe brain bleed (specifically an acute subdural hematoma) from which he required two brain surgeries and removal of a blood clot in his brain. He suffered two mini strokes as he nearly bled out on the operating table which required him to have two blood transfusions. In order to save his life, doctors needed to remove part of his skull to relieve the pressure in his brain, and this will require another surgery after rehab to replace the missing bone flap. Jeff spent four long days in ICU and 9 days in the hospital overall where they ran numerous CT scans, an MRI, and ran numerous tests to try and stop the bleed. Through all of this, the doctors, surgeons and nurses called him the “Miracle Man” as he regained consciousness and even under sedation was able to make jokes and be his funny self to nurses. However, his right side is quite weak and he is in a rehab facility to learn how to walk and refine motor functions again. Eventually, he will return home with visits from a nurse for home therapy and have to wear a protective helmet that will serve as his temporary skull until they perform a surgery with a synthetic bone flap to repair his skull.
The recovery from an acute subdural hematoma will be a long process, but anyone who knows Jeff knows he is strong and won't give up. Anything you can contribute would be a huge help to him, his family, and the upcoming months of therapy, doctor visits, and medical bills. He is so dearly loved by everyone, a huge part of the Boston community and music scene, and we are all here to support him. Any burden that can be taken away from him in his time of need would be so appreciated by us.
Thank you so much.
Lindsay and the Mardanes Family
- CAROL STERNBERG
- Susan Jeiven
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