A short time later, Scotty pulled his work van over and fell out of the vehicle, pleading for help. The Good Samaritan who was following him, jumped out of his car and called for assistance as my husband lay on the ground losing consciousness.
Scotty was immediately transported to Bon Secous Memorial Regional Medical Center where it was determined that he had suffered a massive stroke that caused significant pressure and bleeding on his brain. The very talented teams of physicians saved Scotty’s life but informed me that tragically, his brain had suffered significant damage.
After about one month during which Scotty lay very close to death, to our considerable joy, he eventually emerged from a coma. However, our elation in watching him awake from this frightening stupor was quickly tempered by the heart breaking news delivered by his doctors – due to the damage to his brain, Scotty was afflicted with a version of “Locked-in Syndrome.” This is a rare neurological disorder which causes a complete paralysis of all voluntary muscles except for those that control the movements of the eyes.
Like most persons with this syndrome, Scotty relies upon artificial means to assist with his breathing and must be fed through a feeding tube. Although he is conscious, Scotty cannot speak and has virtually no ability to move anything but his eyes.
Those who know Scotty will recall that he is a fierce fighter, but his doctors inform me that the prognosis for a recovery from this devastating illness is poor. Research shows that most locked-in syndrome patients do not recover their lost functions. While persons with this syndrome who receive outstanding care can survive up to 10 years, the nature of Scotty’s brain injury makes him highly susceptible to another stroke which the doctor’s say would be fatal.
As you can imagine, my heart is broken and the stress associated with caring for my husband is severe. Moreover, because Scotty suffered this illness just before his business was beginning to blossom, we are left with insufficient resources to sustain his life insurance policy and plan for Scotty’s future.
Accordingly, I am humbling asking all who are willing, to please donate funds in support of Scotty and the future cost we will incur on his behalf. Regardless the size, any donations will be greatly appreciated and used only for Scotty’s needs.
Even if you are unable to donate, please keep Charles “Scotty” Scott in your thoughts and prayers.