Steve Wesolowski's Emergency Medical Relief Fund

On behalf of Steve Wesolowski, his family is asking for donations to assist in the extraordinary medical expenses that are currently being incurred during this time. Although Steve has medical insurance coverage, the out of pocket expenses alone will be financially devastating to his wife, Lorri. Any donations will be used to alleviate the financial burden this will inevitably cause including hospital/ambulance costs, any assistive devices that may be required as well as any unforeseen expenses that may come as a result of this tragedy. Please take a moment to read Steve’s story and we ask that you add him and his family to your prayers.

 Steve Wesolowski is a loving and committed husband of 35 years, a father to 3 sons, stepfather to 1 daughter and grandfather to 8 grandchildren. He also regards his 2 cats, Itty and Kitten as loved members of his family. He is active in his church, Calvery Spokane, and is passionate about the Lord and spreading the Lord’s gospel to others. Steve is an avid lover of trains, both large and small scale, and has been a long-standing member of Evergreen Model Railroaders where he enjoys engaging with other train enthusiasts. He loves to go on adventures with his wife Lorri, specifically gold mining in the beautiful lakes and streams of the Pacific Northwest where he was born and raised. Steve has been the patriarch of this family, the one everyone leans on for faith, leadership, compassion and understanding. He has encouraged all of us to excel in life and to be contributors to the greater good of the Lord and to our fellow neighbors.

On Sunday, November 8th Steve was taken via ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center, in Spokane Washington, for symptoms of what appeared to be a minor heart attack. He was immediately taken in to have a stent procedure performed to open blocked arteries that was preventing blood flow to his heart. As we (his wife and children) awaited the outcome of this procedure we were met by the hospital Chaplin and taken to a private waiting room. There, we were given the devastating news that the situation was worse than any of us could ever imagine. Not only were they unable to complete the procedure but it was discovered that Steve had 1 artery that was 90% occluded (blocked) and 2 arteries that were 100% occluded. His heart was only operating at 10% capacity and was so damaged that the left side had essentially deteriorated to the point that it was not functioning at all. Because of the extent of the damage and how weak his heart was from the heart attack; he was put on complete life support called VA ECMO (both heart and lung support). On November 11th, the stent procedure was again attempted, and they were able to open 3 smaller arteries which should increase blood flow to Steve’s heart. 48 hours after the stent procedure was completed, it was decided to start the weening trials to attempt to remove the ECMO support.  These trials would consist of lowering the percentage of ventilator support as well as lowering the liter per minute of blood that the machine was pumping for Steve’s heart. Over the next few days, the ECMO was lowered and then again raised as Steve’s body would show that it was unable to compensate on its own. On Sunday November 15th, exactly 1 week after the initial heart attack, Steve went into cardiac arrest. The doctors and nurses had to administer 9 shocks to Steve’s body over the course of 10 minutes. They were finally able to stop fibrillation and get his body regulated. Without being on the ECMO Steve most assuredly would not have survived this second attack.  As it stands today, they have been unsuccessful in reducing the amount of support the ECMO is providing. Other options are limited and unless Steve can regain functioning on his own, the outcome of this is unknown.

This last week has been a roller coaster of emotions. Hope and hopelessness, confusion and feelings of utter helplessness. As of today, his family is no longer allowed to be by his side due to the COVID-19 mandates set forth by our Governor. We are no longer able to hold his hand, tell him that we love him and let him know that we are fighting by his side. We are grateful to all of those who are willing to donate to help his family during this time. We are also grateful for all the prayers and thoughts of recovery that have already been displayed by friends, family and others in our community. We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”  Proverbs 3:5-6

Donations

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  • Kim Oconnor  
    • $25 
    • 3 hrs
  • ReAnn Hudson 
    • $50 
    • 4 hrs
  • Gene and Sally Miller 
    • $100 
    • 4 d
  • Matt Johnson 
    • $40 
    • 5 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $200 
    • 6 d
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Organizer

Crystal Larsen 
Organizer
Spokane, WA

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