My name is Mark Gammill and I have an URGENT request. I'm asking my friends and family to help my oldest brother and his mother Barbara Goodwin Branaman (my dad's ex wife).
Ken drove his mother, Barbara Sue Goodwin Branaman in for a routine colonoscopy and ended up in coma and ICU in Jackson, MS. It was at the end of this procedure, doctor had gone out of operating room to discuss procedure with her son, Ken. To their surprise something drastic happened, Barbara Sue, had those fluids exasperate down her windpipe, burning up her lungs; we thought we had lost her, she had gone into cardiac arrest. Frantically the ambulance arrived to the center as the attendants worked to keep her alive and transported her to St. Dominic's Hospital, Jackson, MS on April 11, 2019. Barbara Sue was in ICU there in a coma for a couple of weeks. When she came out of coma and still in ICU was in a state of panic for days with codes going off and folks dying. Her mind was in a Fog for weeks. When finally got into regular room, was unable to walk or do anything for herself. Ken was totally unable to leave her for fear of something else happening to his Mother, as he is her sole caregiver and hasn't been able to work because he is seeing that his Mom gets the best care possible.
Ken lives with Barbara in Greenwood, MS with their cat and dog, Scubby Doo. They were both in St. Dominick's Hospital for 22 days and then 35 days at Tyler Homes Memorial Hospital, then home 7 days and back to Tyler Homes 4 days. Ken has a single cell phone with no way to travel back and forth for contact Barbara, even if he could work away from home for the fear she would fall and be unable to contact anyone. She is unable to walk around house, much less take care of any needs like preparing her own meal, nor any basic needs right now.
During those first 7 days at home, Ken hit a deer coming back from Rehab that totaled their only car. Barbara is still not walking yet, but is hopeful she will with further physical therapy. Being without some mode of transportation is totally debilitating in their situation. The washer/dryer has been on the blink, but after having been gone for 2 months, their lights were turned off and the refrigerator is not working either. The only thing they have currently is a roof over their heads. Without the help from somewhere, they are basically without hope. We think this could never happen to us, but yes it could...
No one ever plans on things like this happening. Now think about being hopeless, hungry, and homeless, that is their current condition. If you can find it in your heart to help with food, meals, and yes money for medical bills, appliances, car situation and not being able to work.