On August 9, 2018 17 year old Katie told her mom that she had a bad headache shortly late Katie‘s mom Trace found Katie on the floor of her bedroom unconscious. Tracy called 911 right away 13 minutes later the ambulance and crew showed up they took Katie to the local hospital here in Port Alberni only to find out that Katie had suffered a massive brain bleed. Katie was immediately put on a ventilator and was put in an induced coma so test could be done to find out what was going on. The doctors needed to stop the seizures so they could run all the tests could be done. Katie remained in the trauma room at the hospital until the medevac team could get to Katie. Katie was flown directly to Vancouver General Hospital around 5 am with her mother by her side. Katie underwent major brain surgery to remove the blood that was making her brain swell and to find out what was going on. Katie remains in critical condition at Vancouver General Hospital in the ICU unit where she will be for sometime. At this time doctors still do not know what caused this brain bleed and are working very hard to figure it out. She is undergoing major tests every day from CAT scans to blood test to see what is going on. Katie is still on a ventilator to help her breath, she has not fully woken up at this point she is still unaware of what is going on.
Katie just graduated this year from choices and had just found out that she was excepted into the teaching program at VIU and was so excited to be attending in less than a month. She was Scheduled for a driving lessons this coming Tuesday. Katie’s mother Trace is a single mother on disability and all of there relatives are in Ontario. Right now Tracy is staying at the Easter seal house but found out today that as of Monday she no longer can stay there because they are fully booked with people that have booked weeks and months prior there’s no room at the Ronald McDonald house for her to stay either they have been told that they’ve been put on a waitlist and they won’t know anything for at least 10 days. There is no family in Vancouver. Tracy is at a loss with being a single mother on a permanent disability she does not know where to turn I am asking the community and friends and family from across Canada if you could please help this beautiful family. They have called Port Alberni home for more then 12 years. Katie is Trace’s best friend please help if you can. Thank you ever so much