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FIREFIGHTER CHRIS HACKETT RECOVERY FUND

$11,817 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 169 people in 1 month
Created January 2, 2019
Team Hackett !!!
on behalf of Molly Mahoney
On Christmas Day Winchendon Firefighter Paramedic Chris Hackett arrived early for his 24-hour shift on duty even though he had been feeling off for the past week. Chris has been with the Winchendon Fire Department full time since Feb 2017 and in the Fire service for 27 years . Unfortunately, Christmas Day was one of unfortunate circumstances for Chris. Events occurred that would have an effect on the rest of his life. During a medical Call for service Chris was providing care for a sick patient when he suddenly became very sick. Upon arrival at the Hospital Chris’s partner noticed that when Chris opened the back doors of the Ambulance, Chris was not well. He observed  Chris doing his best to mask his illness so the patient would not get scared. Chris was very pale and in obvious distress. Ultimately after a stay in the ER @ Heywood Hospital Chris was emergently transferred to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston where he underwent many hours of surgery for a Dissected Aorta. Doctors struggled for hours to stop his bleeding. Chris was outfitted with a new mechanical aortic valve and almost a complete replacement of his Aorta. Chris spent a few days in the ICU and things seemed to be going well until Mon the 31stwhen Doctors discovered one of his kidneys was not functioning as it should. Chris was sent back to the ICU where he is still with his wife Genevieve who has not left his side. Chris has a long road ahead of him and anyone that knows Chris is aware that he is known for working 100 plus hours a week to provide for his family. Chris and his family need our help now as he needs to focus on getting through this. On behalf of Chris’s family, it would be greatly appreciated if you could offer a few dollars to help them make ends meet. Chris and his family are very private people, and this is the last thing he would want to ask for, but it is time. Please help in his time of need.  Thank You.

Special thanks to Molly Mahoney for handling the funding dispersal of this campaign !!! 
 
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Winchendon Career Firefighters Local 4542
405 Central St
Winchendon, Mass 01475.
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Today I bring some not so good news.. Approximately 4:30 this morning Chris had an episode at home which resulted in him taking an Ambulance trip to Heywood Hospital. I will not get into particulars as it is not my place but I will say Chris has endured some VERY uncomfortable most necessary procedures today. Chris was transferred via Ambulance back to Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston where he is receiving further treatments. As you can imagine this is really wearing on them. They are both exhausted both physically and mentally. With this new episode comes further expenses as Genevieve will continue to remain by his side during his Hospitalization. Everyone has been so generous with donations and the money has been key in reducing the stress these two have endured over the past 53 days. If some folks could find it in their budgets to toss a few more dollars in the pot, I am sure the family would be very appreciative ! More updates to come. Please keep Chris in your thoughts.
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Today is day 52 and we got to go home!! Visiting nurse tomorrow! We are so blessed and so incredibly grateful. To everyone who sent food, did laundry, prayed, visited and donated. Thank you, thank you, thank you
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Chris continues to get better and is making progress. He is walking a few times every day and eating more each day. He still needs a lot of help but no longer qualifies for rehab. His surgeon said Chris has exceeded their expectations to the point that we may be able to go home! He will still have to have a lot of pt, ot, and nursing and a home health aid but it will all be at home.
He is an amazing person and is fighting hard to get well.
We are so thankful for everyone’s support and love and prayers. We remain dedicated to his improvements and are looking forward to the day we can contribute to helping others again. God bless
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Today is day 43. After having his colon partially removed, Chris is now suffering from ileus. A common and painful complication from the surgery. His pain is never any lower then a 5. I spoke with someone else who had this and she said she would rather breech septuplets then go through it again!
On the upside, he has walked a little and when he is allowed to eat, he can feed himself with minimal assistance. We had hoped to head to rehab soon but until this is under control we are not going anywhere. He is a strong man and will pull through. We are looking at months of pt and ot but at least there is hope for a full recovery one day.
Today, because the weather was so nice, he was allowed to have a wheelchair trip to the sidewalk for some fresh air. First time out since Christmas. We thank everyone for their continued support and prayers and well wishes. It truly does matter and helps.
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$11,817 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 169 people in 1 month
Created January 2, 2019
Team Hackett !!!
on behalf of Molly Mahoney
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