On Sunday, August 26th, 2018, my brother-in-law, Ciro Morales, suffered a hemorrhagic stroke at around 1:30 pm. He was eating lunch with his wife, and my other sister and brother-in-law when he suddenly began coughing and then began to have the side of his face go limp. Being in his 40's, we all initially hoped that this could potentially be a mini-stroke, or a stroke that doctors would be able to easily treat. He was rushed, thankfully, to the hospital within 10 minutes.
Upon arrival, we all received terrible news: he had had the worst and most fatal kind of stroke: a hemorrhagic stroke. He had to undergo emergency brain surgery within the hour of arriving to the emergency room. The doctors informed our family that he had severe bleeding in his brain and that he could very well die in surgery. They removed a palm-sized piece of his skull to relieve swelling and drain the bleeding. Fortunately, he made it through the surgery and is now able to breath on his own. However, he is still unable to speak or swallow and the left side of his body is weak. The doctors are hopeful that he can survive, but tell us he is not “out of the woods.”
He is a loving father of three. He's dedicated to his children, and is always trying to provide them with anything they need. One chid is currently a high-school senior, his oldest daughter lives in Santa Cruz, California. Unfortunately, we lost his son, my nephew, to cancer when he was just 18 years old about four years ago. It is truly heart-wrenching to witness my sister's pain being compounded by first losing a child, and second wondering if her husband will survive this terrible medical tragedy.
Once more, my sister must now to become a full-time caretaker and will have very little time in the coming months to work and make ends meet. Her focus will be on helping to nurse him towards better health. The impending medical bills, along with general cost of living in the bay area will unfortunately be extremely challenging for their family, on-top of navigating a devastating medical issue and trying to rehab Ciro to the best possible state. We ask you to please donate to help their family stay united in healing and progressing forward.
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