Johns Recovery

On Sunday, January 14th our dad was taken to Mercy Hospital via ambulance as he had collapsed at home after losing feeling in his left side. After arriving at Mercy they did few tests which showed a brain bleed, which had caused him to have a stroke.  The doctors at Mercy made the choice to transfer our dad to the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics immediately in order for him to get the best care possible.  Upon arriving to U of I it was determined that he needed to be taken into emergency surgery to have a tube put in his head to drain the excess blood.  After surgery, he was taken to the ICU where he remained until Wednesday, January 17th, at which point he was transferred to a different room. The drainage tube was removed from his head on Saturday, January 20th.  At this time he's still in the hospital at the U of I and we are unsure of a release date. 

Due to the stroke our dad has lost feeling on his left side.  He's able to lift his leg and arm for a short period of time, but the numbness has caused him to not be able to sit up on his own, stand on his own or walk.   He's doing his best to stay strong, but he's continuing to deal with bad headaches.   Once he's well enough to be released from the hospital, he will need to be in rehab/physical therapy; we are not yet sure if this means a facility or in-home. Unfortunately our father doesn't have health insurance and he and his wife will be living off of one income.   Once our dad is released from the hospital we want his focus to be on his recovery, not stressing over how he's going to pay for medical bills, medications and rehab/physical therapy.   As his children we want to be able to help him as much as we can. 

We appreciate all of the love and support we've received from friends & family. 

If you can, please help our dad with his path to recovery. 

If you are unable to donate please send good vibes, thoughts, and prayers his way.

We are greatly appreciative of all the help.

Shane, Samantha & Rachelle


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Shane Rachelle Sam Byers 
Cedar Rapids, IA
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