Shane Guill Jr, a thirteen year old boy, oldest of three children, attends Middletown Middle School, lives in Lake County. His parents are locals, live and work in Lake County, sisters attend Coyote Valley Elementary.
Shane Jr works very hard in school consistently receiving awards for honor roll, Perfect Attendance and Great Citizenship award issued by the principal. This year was his first season on the school wrestling team. He is well liked; an unassuming youth, never complains and is always appreciative when good things comes his way. He collects Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle memorabilia and is an avid NASCAR fan. His biggest wish is to attend a race and meet Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Unfortunately, Shane Jr is very ill. In March he had what was thought to be a simple ear infection, he was taken to the doctor, antibiotics were prescribed; but the ear infection wasn’t getting better. After a total of three doctor visits and five weeks treatment, he was taken to emergency because he was in so much pain, and had some drainage and severe swelling behind his ear. So on April 28th, he was rushed by ambulance from St. Helena Hospital in St. Helena to Oakland Children's Hospital and underwent a three hour surgery (Mastoidectomy). His diagnosis noted an uncommon bacteria that went "unknown" while he remained in the hospital for five days. Shane Jr. had CT and MRI scans, and continued to be poked and prodded while Doctors were pinpointing the "unknown" bacteria causing this horrible infection. Shane Jr. was released Tuesday May 3rd, 2016 and rested at home for the next five days, but still suffered from pain but remained so brave.
On Mother’s Day, Sunday May 8, 2016 which was his “13th” Birthday, he was again rushed to Children’s Hospital – Oakland, underwent a 5.5 hour surgery with Otolaryngologists and Neurosurgeons present. The infection had run rampant and had damaged the bone that protects the brain, the mastoid bone needed more bone removed, the little bones that hold his ear drum up are no longer there and he will need implants to replace the bone that was lost. More scans, blood draws, a pique (shunt) installed in his arm. Our brave Shane is struggling. The outlook is continued antibiotic treatment 4-6 weeks and at least three more surgeries. The antibiotic needed can only be administered by IV and we currently have no idea when he will even be released.
Expenses …Of course Mom and Dad are by his side, they are scared for him and he is their priority and all this requires them missing work. Not only do they have lost wages but now they have more expenses. The hospital is 206 miles round trip, they are sleeping in chairs, the daily parking fees are exorbitant (parking on the street is not an option in that area), and the cost for food. We are talking bare necessities, but they also
have their households with every day expenses to maintain, two other children with needs. Medical bills, prescriptions and hospital "stays" for at lease three more surgeries.
As we all know there are hiccups in life! Even though someone tries to do everything right, there are health issues, money hardships, and stress that are not of our own making. This family needs help. Please help Shane Jr. and his family In this time of need.
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