On March 2nd, Matthew woke up unable to use his legs and was rushed to the hospital. Before this happened, Matthew was healthy and active - apart from having the flu a few days prior. Upon reaching the hospital, he was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
Guillain-Barre Syndrome is a rare condition that occurs when the immune system targets the body’s nerves that travel to the arms and legs instead of an illness (the flu), causing weakness and paralysis to limbs while affecting breathing.
Matthew currently has no sensation or use of his legs, has very limited use of his arms and is having large breathing difficulties that could result in him needing breathing assistance and a feeding tube.
To make matters worse, Matthew and Ashley’s 11-month old baby, Ayla, has been having seizures, adding even more stress. Ashley is having to balance testing and doctor’s appointments for Ayla with also being at Matthew’s side as he is treated in the ICU. As you can imagine, this has been a very difficult time for their family.
With proper hospital care and intense rehabilitation, some patients are able to recover from GBS, but Matthew will need all the support he can get!
The goal of this Go-Fund-Me is to cover some of Matthew and Ashley’s expenses and to help them out financially, as neither of them will be able to work in the foreseeable future and Matthew may be looking at a long recovery from this illness.
If you are able to donate, it would be so appreciated and would help them tremendously during this very difficult time! If you are not able to donate, please feel free just to reach out and let them know you are thinking of them :) I know Matthew already feels very touched by all the love he has received so far, and continuing to provide that for him is very important!
For more information about Guillain-Barre Syndrome:
Thank you SO much for everyone who has donated or reached out in support of Matthew and Ashley! I know that it means so much to them!!
In the last 24 hours, Matthew has been placed on life support as he is unable to sustain his own breathing at this time. He also has a feeding tube in. He is fighting hard and, at times, is able to communicate with his eyes when Ashley uses an alphabet board. But, as you can imagine, this most recent development has been very difficult to see.
Please keep sending love and support!
- Julia Young
- Eric Schurch
- Karri Peachey
Organizer and beneficiary
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