My name is Caitlin and I have created this Go Fund Me to support my little sister, Colleen, and her family in their time of need.
On Monday, June 10’th Colleen woke up with an extreme headache that would not go away. She had a neighbor drive her to the hospital where a CT scan came back normal. While still at the hospital, Colleen, a healthy 25 year-old, began showing signs of a stroke. At 11pm that night, Colleen underwent brain surgery where doctors found an Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM). She was likely born with this malformation unbeknownst to us and extreme stress may have caused it to rupture. Doctors were able to remove it and stop the bleeding. The left bone flap of her skull was removed to allow for swelling, it will not be put back until 6 weeks after her initial surgery.
Currently, Colleen is sedated and on a ventilator. We are told brain swelling will continue to increase for 72 hours following surgery, level out for 96 hours then begin to decline. Doctors test her motor function every 6 hours. So far the right side of her body has not responded, this may be because her surgery was so recent. She does, however, recognize her mom and husband when sedation is lifted, and for this we are grateful. The road to recovery will be long. She is facing one more major surgery, weeks in the hospital, and months of physical therapy. The results of the AVM will likely be life altering.
Colleen gave birth to a beautiful baby girl on May 11’th. She has an amazing 4-year-old who is loving being a big brother. Her husband, Vince, was scheduled to deploy with the Army Thursday, June 13’th. He has been granted leave in light of recent events. Colleen is a cosmetologist, and a damn good one at that, who has been on maternity leave since mid-April due to complications with her pregnancy. She was looking forward to returning to work in the next couple of weeks as she does not receive paid maternity leave, or paid time off. This growing family cannot survive on a single income. I am collecting funds to assist with medical bills, of which there will be many, but also to keep her kids living life as close to normal as possible. We don’t want Vince to worry about everyday expenses such as rent, utilities and groceries or larger expenses like child care while he is at the hospital with Colleen. Help me to help my sister and her growing family. Thank you for your consideration.