Our beloved Jeff Sidwell experienced a traumatic incident that landed him in the ICU.
On Tuesday early evening Sept 12, 2017, while practicing free diving in a local community pool, he passed out under water with no warning. He was pulled up fairly quickly as far as we understand it, and was rescesitated, but didn't gain consciousness. He was brought to the ICU after the ER as a result of additional failed attempt to get him to awake.
Following a standard practice for this kind of injury, the doctors lowered his body temperature to about 32/33 degrees Celsius for 24 hours. In order to keep his body temperature cold and prevent any possible additional brain trauma, he was placed in an induced coma as well.
After this time they slowly warmed his body over the next 12 hours to normal temperature. Once he reached that, the doctors then allowed the coma medication to ware off to give him to a chance to awake up at his pace. This waiting period was stressful to say the least.
With family by his side, he awoke much sooner then ever expected and with the Jeff fervor and silliness that we all know and love. He has show great progress but the full understanding of the long term effects are unknown so we are cautiously optimistic. The positive energy from family and friends have been a moving and have had profoundly positive impact.
While Jeff did have some medical insurance, the scope of his costs will still be high. This is where we are hoping you can help him. Between medical costs, normal bills, and basic necessities we hope you can contribute.
He has a long road to recovery. Any amount is greatly appreciated to help him get there with one less stressor and give him the chance to stay focused on his therapy.
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