On June 25th 2018, Rachel had a Subarachnoid Brain Hemorrhage on the main artery controlling language and the right side of her body. She is only 32 years old, and lives with her fiancé. (Her fiancé is the one writing this for her.)
She was sitting down and eating dinner, when she suddenly started crying and vomiting. After being taken to the hospital, she started having seizures on the way to get CAT scanned.
The doctors gave her a 50/50 chance of surviving and initially believed she had a brain aneurism. They went in to coil the blood vessel, and discovered that she had actually had a hemorrhage, and the blood vessel had popped.
Later that day, the surgeons performed a craniectomy to allow her brain to swell outside of her skull to relieve the pressure on her brain stem.
All in all, Rachel was in a coma for 8 days. When she woke up, she had breathing tubes, feeding tube, and eventually a trachea tube. She could not use the right side of her body for several days and eventually had to re-learn to use her right leg, and is still working on her right arm. She still can't wink her right eyelid.
She now has aphasia and apraxia. She can speak, but more often than not can't get the proper words out. Aphasia is permanent, but she is in speech therapy to at least help with it.
She didn't have health insurance at the time of the accident, and even after getting on State insurance, we owe quite a bit for the surgeries she has had, along with other therapy, and hospital related expenses.
We really are just looking for help with her medical bills as we try and get her back to doing the things she loves. She is having her last surgery on 10/18/2018 and the bills will start coming due shortly after that. Right now, her fiancé and retired grandfather are doing their best to just pay for day to day living, and don't have anywhere near the means to pay for her surgeries.
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