Our dearest Julia, “JuJu”, “Jules”, “Princess” is one of the most amazing people I have ever met. If you are blessed to know her, I’m sure you feel the same. Julia is a ball of life and light that touches everyone she knows. Julia is extremely gifted and talented. She has always been a straight A student taking several AP classes in her Junior year at San Benito High School. She was well on her way to reach her goal to go to a top university like Harvard, Stanford, or Yale. Passionate about being a leader and the wellbeing of the student body she was also involved with Class Office. She also loves music, dancing, writing, playing piano, art, sports, cooking, all of which she did extremely well.
On Saturday September 18th 2021 all of that was taken away when tragedy struck and of our lives were changed forever.
Julia was at her friend Kayla’s birthday party. Her head started hurting, she began slurring her words, lost movement on her right side, and lost consciousness. They attended to her immediately and called an ambulance to take her to Hazel Hawkins hospital in Hollister. There they did a CT scan and discovered a massive hemorrhage in the brain. She was then air lifted to Lucile Packard Stanford Children’s hospital. When she arrived at Stanford she was immediately brought into surgery where they removed the bone on the left side of the skull and removed the blood clot from the area that bled. She was diagnosed with having an AVM (Arteriovenous malformation) an entanglement of arteries and veins in the brain that have malformed and become entangled. When the pressure gets too high in the entanglement the vessels can rupture and bleed. It will still be a very long road of possible surgeries, angiograms, or radiations.
We have a very long road ahead of us. Likely years long. Julia will need several more surgeries and medical procedures, lots of rehabilitation, medications, medical equipment, continued nursing care, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy and modifications to our home and life for her to be able to start to return to a life we can sustain. We are scared and overwhelmed by the financial impact this will have on us. Julia’s mom, dad, and stepdad will no longer be able to work as they have often worked 2 jobs just to support their family.
If you find it in your heart, and are able to help us, words cannot express how much we appreciate it. We will pray every day that the blessing you have given us will be returned to you one day. We understand that not everyone that reads this message will be able to help financially and all we ask from you is that you continue to send us your love, support, and prayers and we will pray for your blessings as well.
We love her so much. Thank you everyone for all of your love, prayers, and support. We definitely need them. We all know how much determination and strength this little girl has and have no doubt that she will get through this! We know that our little girl has some very special to offer this world and that getting through this will only make her strong. Please help us give our little angel that chance. We love you all.