Kaleb’s Fight

Kaleb is my 24 year old brother. He has been active in the Navy for the last four years. He is the youngest of four siblings, which also means he was the favorite. (Kidding!) He grew up in small town Texas with his family and friends, realizing the Navy was his dream once he graduated high school. On February 18,2018 Kaleb suffered something that no 24 year old should, an anoxic brain injury. He was immediately placed in a medical coma, trying to let his brain rest and fight for recovery. Kim; his mother, Ron; his father, & myself; Katherine; his sister, rushed to Houston to fly to California; where he is stationed, to be by his side.
Day two started the worst week our family has ever experienced. We were told his injury was so massive, it effected his entire brain and he would not wake up. Our close family unit was and is devastated.
Then the days all merged together, Kaleb opened his eyes. Kaleb moved his hands and arms. Kaleb started fighting the tube that was oh so crucial for him. All the things we were told he would never do. We are still fighting, we are still trying to wake him up, to bring back the little brother I grew up with. The Navy has been amazing, but we are fully aware things must change.
Day 3 we surrendered everything to God. We asked for guidance and for comfort. We put all of Kaleb’s healing in Gods hands, and that’s when he astonished everyone by moving and following commands.
We have since been thrown into a community we didn’t expect; Anoxic Brain Injury families. Apparently, this is pretty common throughout the world-but unrecognized by most medical experts. There is little to no research around treatments or recovery. Most are even preventable if the point of care would be assessed and demonstrated appropriately. I am baffled and shocked at how many of our own brothers and sisters sit in a ‘skilled nursing facility’, waiting. Waiting for nothing, trapped in their own minds, crying with no tears.
My brother, who remembers my name and who I am;who remembers our mother and the amazing things she’s done for him; my brother, who remembers his biggest fan, his father, is being dismissed as a human. There are so many sons and fathers and sisters and wives, left to sit in these facilities, simply because America doesn’t acknowledge improving treatments. Unorthodox recovery stories are few and far between, but are there; just unattainable due to denials from insurance companies and ‘specialists’ worldwide.
This page was originally set to help with ongoing care and to assist the family, now it’s taken on an entirely different turn. I want to be selfish and only advocate for Kaleb, my sweet baby brother who all I want is to hear him say my name, but I’ve seen too much. I know too many stories, I’ve seen too many denied POSSIBLE treatments.
We, the able of sound mind and body, have to make a difference! We, the ones who get to walk for a break, have to help our brothers!
Any donations made to this account will be used to help further treatment, this cause is bigger than just my family. This is bigger than just my brother, but he is a part of the cause, and of course the one I’m advocating for.


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Katherine W Tatum 
Lufkin, TX
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