About a year ago, 28 year old LeeAnn Pechonis and mother of two, discovered she had a Cavernous Malformation on her brain stem. With the surgery being too risky and the growth of the malformation going down in size, they decided to watch and wait.
Several months later, on Thanksgiving night, LeeAnn became extremely ill and showed signs of a stroke. She was rushed to hospital where a CT scan revealed her malformation had hemorrhaged and caused bleeding throughout her brain.
LeeAnn remained in ICU for several days and in the hospital until early January. She suffered immediate damage to her entire neurological system and vestibular system making it almost impossible to see straight–making her eyes go in two different directions, an inability to walk, and difficulty forming words to speak. The stroke completely collapsed her trachea and vocal chords, making it impossible to eat for 30 days.
On January 22nd, LeeAnn underwent a 4-hour high-risk brain surgery. Risks consisted of, if surviving the surgery itself, possible hearing loss, inability to speak, and full paralysis due to the location of the trauma.
After 4 long hours, the Dr. stated in the consultation room to the family immediately after the surgery, he “was a lot rougher than he anticipated and we would see more of what was effected as she wakes up.”
LeeAnn woke up a few hours later with the ability to talk and wave. She had some hypersensitivity to sound and light for the next couple weeks in ICU, but she was alive! She spent the next several days in ICU, then moved to the rehabilitation unit where she would stay for another couple weeks for therapy on learning how to talk, walk, and shower on her own again. In the therapy process she also learned her letters, numbers, and how to read all over again coping with her dizziness.
She is now back at home with her two boys, living an almost “normal” life again! There’s still some balance issues with her vestibular system still being a little disturbed and some facial paralysis, both of which may go away with time and out patient therapy.
With costly medical bills adding up and not knowing exactly what insurance will cover, we are hoping to raise some funds to help with her operations and three month hospital stay. LeeAnn still has a long road ahead of her and we are hoping to relieve some pressure from mounting medical bills and help support her family.
I know this is used to help raise money but, please use this as a reminder to keep her and her family in your prayers.
THANK YOU so very much, Katelyn
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