Hello all, if you are reading this I want you to know that we are truly thankful as a family, that you have taken the time out to even give thought to my brother which is a blessing all in itself. This photo is of my oldest brother, Tyshaun Sansbury, former United States Marine and the "rock" to my family.
On Jan 1st 2018 at 5:51am in the morning I recieve one of the most frightening calls of my life. My brother's wife told me that my brother was in the hospital and facing a life threatening situation. The call would take away all good feelings for the new year. Here is what happened. My brother was home for the new year with his two children,
Jordan, 6, and Jayden, 1, while his wife Jessica worked the over night shift at her job. Midway through the night my brother began to experience chest pains. As my brother's chest began to tighten, he knew he had to take some type of action so that he wouldn't collapse in the house in front of his children, so he got up and walked out the door to his neighbor's house to get help. The story goes like this. My brother knocked on the neighbor's door, when they opened the door, my brother complained that his chest was tight and before anything else, he dropped to his knees than collasped outside of their door. The neighbors called 911 and also wrapped my brother in a blanket because of the 18 degree temperature outside that morning. While down my brother suffered a siesure, luckily his neighbor knew what to do and was able to get him in the proper position. As the neighbor attended to my brother, the phone was given to his daughter, Jordan, who like an angel gave the police operator all of the details that they needed to get to my brother. All of these actions combined are from heaven and are the reasons my brother is still alive and fighting for his life today, I am truly thankful. After being rushed to the hospital doctors began to run a plethora of test to determine what was going on with my brother. They came to the conclusion that there was blood leaking into his brain and that was causing pressure to build in his cranium. Doctors had to drill a hole into my brother's skull in order to relieve the pressure and drain fluid. The leak of blood had moved to his brain stem and caused his neurons to fail at delivering commands to the body as simple as, to breathe. So doctors had to put my brother on a ventilator machine to breathe, insert a feeding tube to eat and put him in a medically induced coma to prevent damage.Over the next day the doctors were able to figure out exactly what was wrong with my brother. My brother has a cavernoma. *photo courtesy of https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cavernoma/
"A cavernoma is a cluster of abnormal blood vessels, usually found in the brain and spinal cord. They're sometimes known as cavernous angiomas, cavernous hemangiomas, or cerebral cavernous malformation (CCM). A typical cavernoma looks like a raspberry."-
Studies have said, 1 in 600 people has a cavernoma that doesn't cause any symptoms. When this occurs, the vessels can bleed into the brain, usually in small amounts, which allows for the brain to absorb the spill. But when too much blood leaks into the brain cavity that is when people feel the true effects of cavernomas.
Now that the doctors have figured out the problem, they have to wait and see how he recovers. When doctors took my brother off the sedatives they expected for him to awaken but he didn't, he remained in a coma.
On day 3 my brother's wife,
Jessica, decided to bring the one thing that my brother cherishes the most,
she brought Jordan to see her dad. When my brother heard his daughter's voice, he responded by waving his hands and trying to open his eyes. Doctors began to see improvement in my brother and he has steadily been improving.
Doctors will have to do tracheostomyTracheotomy or tracheostomy, is a surgical procedure which consists of making an incision on the anterior aspect of the neck and opening a direct airway through an incision in the trachea.- Wikipedia
They will also perform a gastrostomyAfter these two procedures are done, doctors will see if my brother is ready for surgery to have the cavernoma removed. Doctors have mentioned that the difficult part is the fact that the vessels are in a delicate spot which makes the operation tougher than usual. Today he is making great strides. He is responsive and awake, doctors say he is doing much better.
*So we all know my husband is stubborn they told him to lift his thumb he shook his head no and the one guy said do it for chesty and he did it only you marines will understand and those living with a marine.
I decided to start this gofundme because my brother is the rock of his family and has been the care taker of the bills and with this spontaneous event taking place it has and will continue to take a drastic effect on his wife and 2 children. I also know that the road to recovery will not be cheap and inexpensive, nothing in the medical world is. I just want to have a fighting chance and helping my brother get the right care that he needs for himself and our family. I also want to raise awareness about "cavernomas" and the causes of them. I would also like to have the males in my family to undergo an MRI so that we can have awareness to cavernomas because they in fact can be genetic. The need is urgent, to have the ability to bring family to my brother and help give him the support he needs would change my life, his life and my entire family's life. My brother's father and aunt have arrived and that has already begun to have an effect, imagine if more family arrived.
- William Stanfield
- Chase Turner
- Charmaine Harrell
- Peter Michaels
Organizer and beneficiary