Patrick's Medical Fund
Anyone who knows Pat knows how fun, loving, hilarious, energetic and full of life he is. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers as he fights through this.
This money will be used to help his family with medical costs and the costs they are incurring as they do not live in town and the time frame of this is unknown! No donation is too small.
Thank you all for continued support!
Two weeks ago today I received the call that no parent ever wants to get. It has been a roller coaster of a ride but as you can see by Patrick's video everything that happened went exactly as it needed to and he is back with us in full stride. Of course he has a lot of strength to regain, etc. but that will come readily with his discipline. Our whole family has made it through these two weeks, I think, in about the best way possible and it is entirely due to the outreach of support from family, friends, co-workers, friends of all the above, caregivers and even compassionate strangers! We can never express how much all the prayers, love, thoughts, visits, food, errands, dog-sitting and incredible and generous donations have eased this difficult time for us.
The LaPorte family thanks you all from the bottom of our hearts!
Thank you for everything!
Big Guy's Update for Tuesday February 14th. It has been 12 days since Patrick had his Heart Attack. A quick recap of everything and where we are now:
2/2: Patrick was found with labored breaths and soon after stopped breathing at 7:00AM. He was without oxygen for an unknown amount of time (est. upwards 10-15 minutes) When paramedics arrived he Asystole and they were able to get his heart into normal rhythm. Once at the hospital they began Hypothermic therapy for 24 hours.
With a success patrick was awake the following day. But after a day being awake, his lungs were full of fluid due to acquired pneumonia.
After being reintubated on 2/5 due to poor ability to protect his airway and to prepare for surgery he stayed under for the next 5 days. The Deemed he had WPW (heart condition) whihc caused an arrythmia and caused his heart to stop.
They have done an ablation to correct the pathology and pat will likely where an Life Vest (External Defibrillator) for a few months upon D/C.
Patrick was extubated on 2/11. Patrick is no longer on oxygen and is able to keep good O2 levels on room air. He is able to move all extremities with some difficulty during fine motor skills and he is weak (Who isnt after not moving for 9 days).
I dont foresee him to be "weak" for long. ITS PAT! Since Saturday pat has progressed from hardly being able to lift his arms to (I just received a video) of him walking with a walker in the hallway. He is on his way back to his old self!!! We have a long road of Rehab Physically and Cognitively but he is progressing at an amazing rate right now, which is a great sign.
Patrick is still his old self as he gets unbelievably excited when someone comes to visit. He has changed rooms (I am unaware of the new room number at this time) So please if you do go to visit him. Make sure you contact his phone (He can answer it) or his parents prior to visiting.
Thank you all for all your continued support. He and His family thank all of you for your donations and prayers.
Patrick has been extubated and is awake and alert. He is on nasal canal O2 and his lungs are getting stronger. He is able to remember names and faces but is a little fuzzy on some stuff. All in all it is great to have the big guy back. on this side of consciousness.
For the time being his family has asked for no visitors due to the fact that pat gets extremely excited to please a crowd. We dont want him to overdue it day 1.
I will do my best to continue to update through this posting and once the family gives the ok for him to have visitors.
Thank you all for your continued support, care, and donations to Patrick and his family. We have made a huge leap but still have a long way to go.
prayers and good wishes for you. I know you have a great support team. Look forward to see you at Paryns and CJ s wedding.
Continuing to pray for Patrick, the medical staff and Patrick's family and friends. Also thanking God for the progress that has been seen and for the healing that is to come.