Fight Matty Fight!

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Raised by 91 people in 10 months
On Friday, September 7th, Matthew Crosby (Matty) had an unfortunate accident while working.  He suffered severe injuries resulting in a substantial amount of internal bleeding. Many blood transfusions later the doctors at Venice Regional Bayfront Hospital determined it would be best to transfer him via helicopter to a Trauma hospital in hopes to better accommodate his critical condition.  Tampa and Sarasota Hospital denied the request for transport because they believed it would be too risky and  he ultimately would not make it.

The doctors at Venice Regional Bayfront Hospital stated he only had a matter of hours left to live. There was one option left but his outlook would be very poor. They would open his chest cavity in hopes to find the source of bleeding.  With Matt losing blood faster then he was receiving it the doctors explained to us that the surgery was a  "hail mary" attempt to save his life. We wanted them to do all they could to save Matty so we agreed to the surgery.

Being the fighter that he is, he beat the odds and was now recovering from surgery. He was put on life support and kidney dialysis from the result of having blood saturation in multiple organs, causing organ failure. He had three chest tubes inserted to help with the drainage of bleeding. Filters had been inserted in his groin to stop any potential blood clots from traveling to his heart and lungs causing a pulmonary embolism. He also developed MRSA and pneumonia due to intubation.

As the bleeding was subsiding and Matt was slowly making progress he developed a life threatening lung condition called Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. A condition that happens to critical ill patients which prevents oxygen from getting to the lungs and into the blood.  His lungs were now saturated at a cellular level. We were now told "this will potentially be what takes him".

 Once again Matty beat the odds and fought for his life. As his numbers progressed he was slowly taken off sedation and came to. He awoke to a tracheotomy leaving him temporarily unable to talk, a feeding tube, three chest tubes and multiple other lines through his body.  As you can imagine he was extremely confused and highly agitated with no means to communicate with us.

Two days upon waking he started making miraculous progress! He was able to take a few steps, say a few words, and of course spit out some Matt humor that we all were desperately waiting to hear. Our prayers were being answered. Matt truly is a walking miracle.

With Matt's condition it will take months of pulmonary and physical therapy to get him back to health. With not being able to work and accruing astronomical medical bills we are asking for your help in donating to Matt. If you are unable to donate we please ask that you continue to send prayers and positive thoughts his way. He has a very long road to recovery! Thanks again to everyone who has had Matt in their prayers and on their mind.

**** Thank you to all the doctors, nurses and staff at Venice Regional Bayfront Hospital for saving Matt. We will be forever thankful for your passion, drive, and eagerness in the fight for Matt's life. A special thank you to  Dr. Dreier, Dr. Galat, Dr. Tulis, Dr. Smith, Dr. Gordon,  Dr. Patete, RNs- Matt, Chad, Joe, Travis,  Danielle, Rachael and Jill. There truly are no words. We are beyond grateful for each and every one of you.
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10/09/2018

Its been a short seven days since we launched Matt's campaign and he is more then half way to his goal. We cannot thank you all enough for your continuous prayers, thoughts and support. Please keep spreading the word. Lets do this for Matty!!!

Matt continuously ceases to amaze us every single day with his astonishing strives. He has been increasing his steps and gaining strength every day. While his oxygen levels are being monitored at all times his tracheostomy has been removed and he is now completely off oxygen. Yesterday he had the stitches removed from the chest tube incisions. He will be able to start his physical therapy once his chest heals a little more from the surgery.

Many of you have asked how Matthew is doing cognitively. There were discussions he could obtain swelling on the brain causing damage because of the amount of fluid in him. His personality and demeanor have not changed. He is 100% Matty! As you all can imagine we have once again been blessed with his quick witted, sarcastic, hilarious yet suggestive humor.

Keep fighting Matty.

Thank you again for all of your support :)

- Beanie
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