Patrick's medical expenses

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**What Happened**
On November 14th, near our home there was a burglary in progress. When the cops arrived one of the suspects fled and ran through our backyard.  Patrick and  I waited out front of our home for a while until we thought everything was clear. An elderly neighbor that lives next door asked me if Patrick could come and check her house because she was scared to go back in. Patrick being a gentleman went and checked her home which was clear but once he entered the backyard the suspect shot Patrick 8 times.

He went in with 8 gunshot wounds, a broken thumb/wrist, fractured jaw, split tongue, missing teeth, two collapsed lungs, and almost completely void of blood. His first surgery went well, they got him stable through blood transfusions, removing 3 ft of intestines, and repairing his colon. In his second surgery they removed his appendix, stitched his face and tongue, and were finally able to get him off breathing ventilators. He was waiting two weeks for a custom metal plate to be installed in his jaw and would eventually need bone grafts. 

My husband was the greatest man in the world, had always put others before himself and would have done this all over again for any of our neighbors, friends, or family. He was the one you could always count on, he would have been there for you. I cant imagine my life without this man. He was everything to our son and I.

He was making a miraculous recovery and was surprising doctors and staff every day with his progress. On Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd, surrounded by family, his health took a turn for the worst. He started vomiting inexplicably and a new round of CT scans were ordered for later in the day to investigate his lungs and intestines. Doctors pushed him in his hospital bed down to CT and when they returned 30 minutes later, he became unresponsive. They performed CPR for 30 minutes, eventually regaining a pulse and rushed him back down to the ICU where he again became unresponsive and CPR failed that time. He's gone and my son and I are now alone. We thought he was pulling through, he looked so good for those 8 days. Now, we feel he was hanging on long enough to see all of his friends and family. 

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I understand the news stories are confusing and they have misquoted or not updated the story since he passed. But please understand, this fund was not set up initially for anything more than help until he got back on his feet. And it was set up by a friend who gave me the controls when he started looking better. I slept at his side every night in the ICU and surgical ward and didn't check this fund until a few days ago. Please keep the negativity off the comments section as you are upsetting my family and I.


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