In the summer of 2019, Neal Singer developed a terrible dry cough and began having difficulty breathing. He visited many doctors in Miami, Florida, where he was working, away from his wife, Hillary, and two sons, ages 14 and 10. While Neal worked remotely, his family kept their residence in Wilmette, visiting back and forth when they could. Neal began receiving treatment at Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Florida but his lungs deteriorated so rapidly that he was transferred to Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida where he went through many tests to determine if he even would qualify for a transplant. . At this point, Neal was so weak and needed an enormous amount of oxygen that only the hospital could provide. At this point Neal was unable to fly back to Illinois.
While at Mayo around Thanksgiving time, Neal luckily qualified and was put on an expedited lung transplant list .Then thankfully on December 20, Neal was very fortunate and received the transplant. New lungs were doing well but he had a difficult time coming out of the heavy sedation. 10 days later, on actually on New Years Eve, he finally began to wake up! This prolonged his recovery time and after about a month was transferred to Brooks Rehabilitation in Jacksonville. In addition, not only was this emotional for the family but it put a huge strain on them financially.
On February 13, Neal was transferred to a recovery site, the Gabriel House, near Mayo clinic where he will need 24 hour care to help with his recovery. Neal is currently on an unpaid medical leave with no other income. The family is feeling the financial stress for essential nursing care, medical bills and medical prescription costs, exceeding what insurance will provide. In addition, with no family living in the Florida area, flights to and from Chicago have been a financial hardship. Hillary has spent her time between helping with Neal's care in Florida and rushing home to be a present parent to their boys.
We are hopeful for the future but it won't be easy as Neal's body adjusts to the new lungs and continues healing. With weeks in the hospital and months of recovery ahead in the Gabriel house, over a thousand miles from home, the family is facing a tough road.
Any donation to help them would be greatly appreciated to help with medical and travel expenses would be put to good use to help the family recover from this significant strain.
- Chris Coleman
- Land Partners
- Steven Gerber
- Gail Lassman
- Paul Hecker