Support Family Of Shannon And Mark

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Raised by 234 people in 28 months
Shannon is a loving wife of a U.S. Marine veteran, grandmother of two and mother of seven. She is an active member of her church and has a beautiful voice and loves to sing. She sings in different choirs across the country and at weddings. She also plays the flute. She lives to take care of her children and submerge herself in classical music. She is so caring and generous and has always put her kids, her husband and others before herself. She hadn't been feeling well for a week or so but thought it was just a cold. After about three days of resting in bed she wasn't feeling any better. Finally on her birthday she felt it was time to get some medical help because it was difficult for her to eat and drink. Her husband Mark took her to the hospital to be seen and she tested positive for the flu and strep. They also said she was severely dehydrated. At this point she was conscience and in good spirits given the circumstances. They said they might need to put a breathing tube in because her throat was swelling closed since being hydrated. Her husband was by her side until about 1 o'clock in the morning until he decided to go home and be with their kids. He gave her a kiss good night and told her he'd see her in the morning because they said she would be sedated for the night to sleep. The next morning around 5 AM he got a call from the doctor telling him to get to the hospital as soon as possible. They had put his wife into a medically induced coma because her condition had taken a turn for the worse. Her chance of surviving the day was about 10%. She went downhill extremely fast her blood pressure was 30 over 23, she had gone into septic shock, had fluid and a severe infection in her lung. The doctors suggested an ECMO machine. It had the potential to save her life. But they weren't sure if they could even get their hands on the machine in time. Even if they could there were several risk factors during the procedure to install this machine such as a stroke or hemorrhaging and those both would mean certain death. If she made it through the procedure with no complications she would have a 24 hour window to improve or they would have to remove the machine. The ECMO machine was delivered to the hospital, they rushed her into the procedure, she was completely on life support, dialysis and had this ECMO machine cleaning and pumping her blood and she survived the surgery. Within 5 hours of the surgery her condition became somewhat stable. Her blood pressure came up to 50 over 30 and by the end of the day it had crawled up to 70 over 45. And her oxygen levels in her body came up from 35% to 75%. So she could stay on the machine. It's been five days now and she's still heavily sedated, on the ECMO and dialysis. The family is taking it day by day and so far they have no date to look forward to her going home yet.

The money from this campaign will go toward supporting her family during this trying time, while they spend a lot of time in the hospital by her side so they can have one less thing to worry about while their wife and mother is fighting for her life.
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Update! Shannon's trach was removed yesterday! She should be heading to inpatient rehab by the end of this week! She is now completely off of dialysis and we are hopeful she won't need that again. She now has her phone and is able to communicate through writing and typing. And she should be able to talk again by the end of this week. She is able to stand and take some steps with help. She is doing amazing and just keeps surprising us with her improvements.

Mark is home and is improving as well. He is able to walk with the help of a walker and has to go to therapy twice a week.

They are in need of a new place to rent/live. Water damage and mold was found in the home they are currently renting. This could have been a contributing factor to Shannon's lung infection that was pre-existing and unrelated to the strep and flu. The payment on this home is more than they will be able to afford given their current situation and living in a home with mold damage is probably the last place someone should go after recovering from a condition like this.

The eldest daughter; Anastasia and her husband Tyler are caring for the three youngest kids during this time.

Once again, please keep the entire family in your prayers, positive thoughts. We are hopeful for a recovery for both Shannon and Mark but it will take time and therapy.
Thank you to each and everyone of you for your generous contributions. Love, and support.
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Update! Shannon is still in ICU and is on a machine Dialysis every three days. She had a rough day yesterday, she was in a lot of pain. Her feet are very swollen and her skin is breaking and blistering due to the Stevens-Johnson syndrome. The top layer of skin on several parts of her body is shedding away. She is still working on moving her fingers and toes but gets a little better everyday. They will be scoping her heart today to make sure it's clear of infection and damage.

Mark: the clot in his brain has been dissolved so he won't need it surgically removed! He is undergoing a few tests today to determine when he will be able to go home.
He will have to undergo physical therapy to hopefully be able to walk again on his own.


Please keep the entire family in your prayers, positive thoughts and or healing vibes. We are hopeful for a recovery for my father still but the doctors do not think his brain function will be the same again.


Once again, thank you to each and everyone of you for your generous contributions. Love, and support.
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Part of Marks cerebellum died from the stroke. That particular part of the brain controls fine motor skills, such as balance, coordination, walking, posture and equilibrium. They believe the clot was dissolved but are keeping him to make sure. They believe he will
Be able to go home in a few days but he cannot drive, will walk with a walker and will need to go to physical therapy three days a week. Shannon is really well given her condition. She did a full four hours weaned from the ECMO yesterday and the doctors decided she was strong enough to remove it! The surgery was successful and she is doing awesome. She developed Stevens-Johnson syndrome which is a rare, serious disorder of your skin and mucous membranes. It's usually a reaction to a medication or an infection. They aren't sure if a medication or the infection caused it for Shannon. Often, Stevens-Johnson syndrome begins with flu-like symptoms, followed by a painful red or purplish rash that spreads and blisters. Then the top layer of the affected skin dies and sheds from the body. She's off the kidney machine as of today and they will do dialysis as she needs it (every two-three days) once she is strong enough to move out of ICU she goes to inpatient therapy for three weeks. It is almost safe to say she's on the path to the road to recovery! Praise be to the lord and everyone's love support and prayers. Healing vibes, happy thoughts and well wishes. It's a miracle Shannon is even alive today!



Please keep the entire family in your prayers, positive thoughts and or healing vibes. We are hopeful for a recovery for my father still but the doctors do not think his brain function will be the same again.


Once again, thank you to each and everyone of you for your generous contributions. Love, and support.
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The overwhelming amount of stress of seeing what your wife of 26 years is going through finally caught up to Mark, Shannons husband and he had a moderate stroke yesterday while sitting next to Shannon in her room in ICU. Mark is now admitted into the same hospital as his wife and is awaiting treatment for a clot that is in his brain. We are hoping it's small enough to treat with blood thinners. The only other option is removing it surgically. The kids are being taken care of fully by family members and they've already been through so much already. It's heartbreaking to go through what they've seen their mother deal with for the past two weeks and now their fathers health is in jeopardy. Anything helps as now the family has no income and the kids and home/utility bills are being provided for by this fund and family members.


Shannon is doing very well given her current state. She is not aware of her husband's stroke, at this point she believes it was just stress and lack of nourishment that caused him to collapse in front of her. She did a full fifty minutes off of the ECMO machine on Wednesday and almost four hours off of the ECMO yesterday. She is gaining more movement in her hands but still has a very long road towards recovery.


Please keep the entire family in your prayers, positive thoughts and or healing vibes.


Once again, thank you to each and everyone of you for your generous contributions. Love, and support.
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Judy White
27 months ago
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THIS IS AN URGENT MESSAGE... TO ADD TO MESSAGE BELOW, I SAW THE ARTICLE ON FOX AND AM URGING YOU TO CONTACT DR. PAUL MARIK AT SENTARA NORFOLK GENERAL HOSPITAL IN NORFOLK VIRGINIA... IV VITAMIN C COMBINED WITH STEROIDS. HOPE HALL IS RIGHT... THIS CAN SAVE HER LIFE... FOLLOW LINK http://pilotonline.com/news/local/health/a-norfolk-doctor-found-a-treatment-for-sepsis-now-he/article_7a3063e5-24cf-56c1-b25c-142731604196.html

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Hope Hall
27 months ago
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Urgent! Get her on IV vitamin C along with steroids. Contact Dr.Paul Marik at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Virginia. He has huge success rate with this protocol! Look this up it could save her life!

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Sarah Bicknell
27 months ago

Sending hopes for a speedy recovery to Shannon and Mark and support to their family and friends. ❤

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Created March 23, 2017
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Michael Martin
26 months ago

I wish you both a speedy recovery.

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27 months ago

Wally loves your whole family

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Judy White
27 months ago
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THIS IS AN URGENT MESSAGE... TO ADD TO MESSAGE BELOW, I SAW THE ARTICLE ON FOX AND AM URGING YOU TO CONTACT DR. PAUL MARIK AT SENTARA NORFOLK GENERAL HOSPITAL IN NORFOLK VIRGINIA... IV VITAMIN C COMBINED WITH STEROIDS. HOPE HALL IS RIGHT... THIS CAN SAVE HER LIFE... FOLLOW LINK http://pilotonline.com/news/local/health/a-norfolk-doctor-found-a-treatment-for-sepsis-now-he/article_7a3063e5-24cf-56c1-b25c-142731604196.html

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Hope Hall
27 months ago
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Urgent! Get her on IV vitamin C along with steroids. Contact Dr.Paul Marik at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Virginia. He has huge success rate with this protocol! Look this up it could save her life!

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Sarah Bicknell
27 months ago

Sending hopes for a speedy recovery to Shannon and Mark and support to their family and friends. ❤

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