Help with Jacob’s rehab

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Jacob and his wife Waka and daughter Matia were in Japan for the school holidays.


On Tuesday 23rd January, a couple of hours before their flight home to Australia, Jacob complained of a headache and vomited.
Within 5 minutes he was unconcsious and Waka was unable to wake him.

Fortunately due to Waka’s quick thinking, the ambulance came within 10 minutes and he was rushed to hospital.

The Doctors performed a CT scan and discovered massive brain hemmorages on both sides of his brain.
He was put into an induced coma and rushed to emergency surgery.

Waka was told to prepare to say goodbye and asked by the Doctors to bring his family to the ICU and prepare for the worst.

The first surgery was a success with a tube placed to relieve the pressure and bleeding.

He has fortunately survived the first 48 hours and a couple of good signs of arm movement and breathing slightly on his own while on life support. He is a fighter and we are sure he will come through this.

He is still in the ICU but has been downgraded today from critical to critical-stable.
The condition is called AVM - artery vascular malformation in his brain and it is extremely dangerous.
He is currently in CHIKAMORI hospital, Kochi City, kochi, Japan.

Myself and my family all arrived today Thurs 24th in Japan and met with the Doctors.
They provided us a lot of information and fortunately spoke good English.

The next Surgery is tomorrow (Australia day) at 1:30 for 3 hours to try close off as many blood vessels and veins around the AVM. Using super glue and also a stent sent through artery in leg up to the brain.

The more they can do tomorrow the better for Monday surgery as it means a better chance of being successful.

The second surgery is on Monday 29th Jan at 9am.
Expected to be 10+ hours and possibly up to 20 hours.
Here they will remove the AVM (malformed artery area) then reconnect all the veins and vessels with other side. Long grueling micro procedure with 3 brain surgeons working.

The primary neurosurgeon doing the operation is head of neurology and is confident but has also made sure we know the risks are critical.

Both surgeries are super high risk.
Stroke and swelling after would be disaster and stroke is very common on a clot afterwards.

Surgery has to be done though as if the AVM ruptures or bleeds again it would be fatal.


If Jacob can make it past Monday’s surgery with no swelling then we can start to look at bringing him out of coma and then recovery with the road to rehab.

Jacob did not have any medical insurance for the trip, so all procedures and the hospital stay will need to be paid.
Waka is prepared to sell the house to pay for everything, however I thought we could reach out to the Canberra community to help raise funds to support Waka and Jacob.

Every cent raised will go directly to Waka to pay for the hospital bill and further rehab once Jacob is on the road to recovery, as well as the time off work.

The entire Burridge family appreciates any support you can give. Jacob means so much to all of us, and the many schools he has worked at in Canberra would all know how much a shining light he is.

I will update this post as surgeries go and provide as much news as we can to those following along at home.

All funds received will go to Jacobs wife Waka to cover medical costs and ongoing costs in rehabilitation. 

Thank you all.
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A message from Waka & Jacob

Dear everyone,


We hope you all had a Merry Christmas.

We would like to say a big thank you to all of you for all the support you have given us this year.

At the beginning of this year, Jacob was in the life-threatening condition and everything was uncertain. We were all scared, but he was such a fighter, going through 3 surgeries in a week and showed an amazing recovery.

Since Jacob got back to Australia in late May, he stayed at Canberra Hospital for 3 weeks, then finally came home. He attended both physical and occupational therapies as an outpatient twice a week until this September, then did hydrotherapy until November. Also, he has been doing Tai Chi and piano lessons since August. But the most exciting news is that he started a graduated return to work program from term 4. Going back to school was the world to him, so we are so proud of him achieving this.

We asked Matia what she thought about this year. She said, “terrible, but it was good at the same time because daddy survived and I feel grateful.”

Once again, thank each of you so much for the support. We are looking forward to 2019 and hope you all have a great year, too!



Love, Jacob, Waka and Matia xoxo
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UPDATE FROM JACOB -

I would like to say a big thankyou for all the support from everyone.
Especially thanks to everyone for supporting Waka and Matia while I couldn’t. It means so much to me that everybody helped out and I can’t thank you all enough.

I was only planning on being in Japan for just over a week, to pick up Waka and Matia who had been here all of the school holidays, but have now been here for more than five months. In some ways it was very bad timing to have the AVM rupture in Japan, as I didn’t get travel insurance this time. But, if it had happened on the plane or in the weeks before, while I was renovating the house – using power tools or on a ladder, then I might not be here today.

I am looking forward to returning to Canberra next week, but I still have some more recovery to get through. I will be transferred directly to Canberra Hospital where I will complete the rest of my rehabilitation at Ward 12B, building 3. I don’t know how long I will need to be there, but I have made a lot of progress in Japan so hopefully not too long.

Thank you again. When I am out of hospital I will have a party and you are all invited.
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Jacob "Cadel" Burridge

Long time no update...
Things have been progressing extremely well over in Kochi.
Jacob has now had a few sleepovers at Waka's house, and many lunches out with Matia and friends.

I am preparing to head back to Japan next week, and the good news is that this time, I will be returning with Jacob !!

Official date of return is Wednesday May 23rd, with touchdown in Canberra in the afternoon.

One of the Japanese Doctors from the Rehab hospital will be accompanying us home from Japan to Canberra.
This is amazing news, as the concern for Jacob to have a seizure was a real threat. Although he has not had one yet at all, it is still a risk, and having a Dr travel with us will be that extra assurance we need to make sure everything goes smoothly.


Jacob has now also ridden a bike! A huge accomplishment. All of the physios were amazed ... as usual !
He is also using a computer again - and his phone - and texting/emailing.

This has been a long road for Jacob, but also for Waka and Matia, and it will be great once they are back in Canberra to receive all your support and help. I know a lot of people felt helpless over here while it was all going on, but donating and following the story - as well as the numerous support emails, cards, etc - really meant a lot to Waka.

Will send some updates from Japan next week - and then see you on the other side !

Thanks again everybody !
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Sleepovers !

Jacob is now allowed to have sleepovers at Waka's house.

Matia was so excited, they played together all weekend.
They also ate out at another ramen restaurant, where Jacob had black sesame soup ramen.. his favourite !

At this stage, Jacob will be returning to Australia around May 23rd/24th.

Still some organisation and co-ordination to be done for his return .. but all coming along nicely. Thank you for all the offers of help and support.

It will be great to have him home soon, and he is very very excited, and looking forward to seeing everybody.

Thanks :)
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