On Tuesday October 2nd 2018, my sister Monica Powell underwent brain surgery. The surgery lasted about 9 hours and she is now recovering at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago IL.
It all started on Friday September 28th when she woke up with her body covered from head to toe with hives. She went to the urgent care where they determined she was having some kind of allergic reaction to something unknown, she was treated and given medication to resolve the issue. The next evening her condition worsened and was taken to the ER by ambulance. While at the ER she started to complain of an uncomfortable and tingly feeling in her arm which they thought was very concerning. So after a series of questions the ER staff put Monica on a stroke alert and ordered a CT scan of her brain. The CT scan reveled a half dollar sized tumor on her brain stem
(completely unrelated to the hives). She then was immediately transferred to Rush in Chicago, and after consulting with the neurosurgeons, they determined that surgery was a necessity. They discovered that the cells in the tumor although benign were very rapid growing, and needed to be removed as soon as possible before it became potentially fatal.
So on Tuesday morning October 2nd in great spirits and a positive attitude she went into her 9 hour surgery. The surgery was a success, they were able to successfully remove the tumor. She did as a result of the location of the tumor permanently lose the ability to hear out of her right ear, and has facial paralysis, and weakness on the right side of her body. She will need months of extensive physical therapy and has a very long stay at the hospital.
Her road to recovery is going to be challenging. Her husband is working 2 jobs to try to keep the family afloat, while she cares for their 2 children. With the weakness and paralysis that was caused by the surgery, lifting anything over 10lbs, and doing simple daily tasks are going to be a huge challenge for her.
Monica was unfortunately in the midst of switching her Medical insurance, and went into this stressful and traumatic situation without any Medical coverage to help pay for some of the cost of this very expensive surgery, and all of the aftercare that is going to be needed once she returns home. Her family is going to have hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills, this is why I am reaching out for help for my sister and her family. Please find it in your heart to donate to help my sister with her brain surgery relief fund, any amount would be welcomed and greatly appreciated.
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