Early Monday morning, July.22, Teagen was rushed by ambulance to the hospital, and is currently staying in the intensive care unit. We were aware that recently he’d not been feeling too great, we were just unaware to what extent. Teagen had a lung infection that went untreated for too long, along with severe dehydration. This led to a heart damaging event, damage to his liver and kidneys, as well as severe brain trauma - it was essentially a perfect storm.
Since the incident, Teagen has been unable to wake up. Currently his medical team has him intubated, on a feeding tube, and are sedating him, with the main concerns being his heart and brain function. His kidneys and liver are recovering very well, doctors are confident that his heart is also slowly recovering. Since entering the ICU, Teagen has developed pneumonia, though doctors are not too concerned- he is responding to the antibiotics.
However, Teagen is still seriously ill. While the above mentioned items are improving, the greatest concern right now is the traumatic brain injury. He is not responding well to neurological assessments, yet.
In summary, we are playing the most terrifying waiting game of our lives. Waiting for any improvements, waiting for more information, waiting...hoping, for his brain to heal and waiting for him to wake up. Candidly, it could be 2 days, it could be 2 months... there is no formula for this.
No one is able to tell what Teagen’s life will be like from here on out, but we all remain hopeful. What we do know, is there will likely be countless months of rehabilitation. Renea and Robin have put their lives and jobs on hold to be at the hospital with Teagen, day in and day out.
For anyone who knows Teagen, he is strong. His mind is powerful and he is the most determined young man we know. Many of you know Teagen from the gymnastics community. You know him to be a fierce athlete and his immense passion for the things he loves. His newest journey has been university, which he has been utterly successful with this past year; and nothing will stop Teagen from becoming the sports psychologist he plans to become.
The family is so blessed. Blessed to be surrounded by an amazing support team, friends and family, people who have truly shown their love for Teagen.
Many people have asked how to support the family during this most difficult time. We have set this page up in response to the outpouring of support for Teagen and his family.
We’re not asking for a lot – any amount that comes from your heart, even the smallest of donations, will be appreciated more than you know.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Doug and Gillian Stebner (aka Uncle Doug and Auntie Gill)
- Quinn and Callum Boyington
- Rosemary Redgrift
- RicK Schell
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Raised $385 from 7 donations