Sam moved from San Diego to New Orleans three (3) years ago after the death of his mother. While the move came with its challenges and obstacles nothing could have prepared Sam for his current struggles.
On February 13, 2018, while enjoying the city’s Mardi Gras celebrations and festivities, Sam was shot in the head. The bullet caused major damage to the right side of his brain. The bullet and its fragments still remain lounged in his head. Doctors performed emergency surgery to relieve the pressure from his skull and the fluid built on his brain, necessitating the need to cut a portion of Sam’s skull out to save his life.
Sam was diagnosed with a Bilateral Frontal Subdural Hematoma with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), left hemi paresis, and dysphagia with peg tube status. He is unable to walk or speak. His communication is limited to simple hand gestures. He is paralyzed on the left side of his body and receives his meals through a tube. He has recently begun to suffer with seizures. Currently, Sam receives Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy.
As a part of Sam’s treatment plan, medical personnel have suggested that he receive Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. This treatment plan recommends twenty (20) sessions. Each 90 minute session cost around $220.00 each, totaling $4,400. Technological devices are also needed to improve his communication skills.
As the family contemplates Sam’s home plan, there will be a need to have a van with wheelchair accessibility and a motorized wheelchair that uses technology to operate its movements. The family will also need to move into housing with wheelchair accessibility and ADA compliance.
Sam’s recovery will require a great amount of patience, time and money. Family, friends and community supporters can help ease the financial burden on his family and improve the life of Sam through this effort.
Sam is an example of God’s grace and mercy. We will continue to lift up his story of survival as a testament of our faith. As believers, we pray that you will find it in your heart to contribute to this campaign and aid Sam and his family in this time of need.
Donations are also accepted at any Capital One Bank and through the mail, P.O. Box 870024, New Orleans, LA 70187. Samuel E. Butler III - Donation