Tony Brugliera Recovery Fund

$10,275 of $25k goal

Raised by 121 people in 31 months
Angie Olson  ANCHORAGE, AK
Written by Barb:

This is my brother Tony. He is an Anchorage Firefighter/Paramedic. He is a loving husband and father.  An amazing brother and a great son that his parents are very proud of. He is an amazing man! Incredibly selfless and a hard worker. I never hear him complain about anything and he is always quick to put a smile on your face. He has overcome great things in his life and has done even greater things that have helped others so much. He has always held his own weight and even more when he helped carry others through their tough situations. I love my brother very much and am inspired by his heart daily by his positivity and awesome sense of humor even when things aren't going well for him.

It's been 2 weeks since his accident in Spain.  After the surgery on his collar bone and hip and a week stay in the hospital in Spain he was able to fly back home. Every day since his arrival back home to Alaska he has had one medical problem after another. May 22nd he was diagnosed with a pretty lengthy DVT in his left calf.  May 23rd they found not one, but TWO pulmonary embolisms.  May 24th he had to have an IVC Filter put in (as if he needed MORE metal in his body). The pulmonologist took one look at the size of the clots in his lungs and declared that he was "uncomfortable" at the thought of just letting things run their course. A vascular surgeon was called in to perform the surgery and came straight from his Memorial Day Weekend of fun to do it. Thank God for the surgeon.

Tony as always, is making the best of his uncomfortable and painful situation.  He's having a tough time taking deep breaths and has had some very painful "attacks" trying to catch his breath.  Until these blood clots dissolve he is in a lot of danger of further complications.

This fund was started to help aleviate the extra cost of his stay and surgeries in Spain. Was only intended to run for a week or two, but considering the long road ahead of recovery and possible hip replacement, the thinking is now he is going to need all the help and support he and his family can get.

Tony would never ask for help, he is too proud, so I am asking for your help. There is nothing that is too small. So please, if it is within your heart to do so, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for any and all help.


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Update 37
Posted by Angie Olson
30 months ago
Had to make it an even number!! Lol
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Update 36
Posted by Angie Olson
30 months ago
Hospital Quirón Palmaplanas is a private hospital-evidence of which can be found in abundance throughout the entrances and hallways.
Although we paid a higher price for Tony to have his operations here, we know it was worth it;he received good care there-we were told it was a much better choice than the public hospital.
May 17th-hospital layout replica.
May 17th-hospital's front entrance.
May 17th-impressive displays of greenery
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Update 35
Posted by Angie Olson
30 months ago
May 16th-by now we were just biding our time until the doctors would agree to allow Tony to fly home. Tony couldn't handle too much time out in the wheelchair, so it was clear to us that the surgeon and physicians there were right to keep him a while longer.
May 16th-view from the window in hall.
May 16th-Hospital Hallway
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Update 34
Posted by Angie Olson
30 months ago
May 14th-went out for a walk, pushing Tony in a wheelchair down to the front grounds of the hospital to enjoy fresh air and sun. Tony did really well, but was in some pain towards the end. The temporary change of scenery was therapeutic.
May 15th-first walk.
May 15th-out front of Quiron Hospital.
May 14th-Vitamin D therapy!
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Heather Bean
31 months ago

Tony,I loved your post about how you are so fit....yet just trying to get to the bathroom to take a shower or walking outside for a few minutes completely wiped you out......you said you cant believe how exhausted you feel!!! This really touched me.....you are exactly describing what it is like to have Marfan syndrome!! Husbands just don't "get it"...how could they possibly ??? I was really touched by your comment....I know you don't know me.....but I really can feel for your struggle....I've had so many ortho surgeries and I understand how frustrating it can be.........you will get better.....and you will come out with a different level of compassion for those who go through this over and over.....God Bless you . Man :)

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Diane Rasar
31 months ago

I want to say thank you to all of Tony's friends that have sent him messages and their love, he is going through a tough time right now and being in a foreign country is hard on both him and Ang. Whatever support you can give him is greatly appreciated. I just want my son home.

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$10,275 of $25k goal

Raised by 121 people in 31 months
Created May 12, 2014
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$50
Chris Restall
28 months ago

Things will get better for you guys soon. You should repost this to dailymile..

CG
$100
Craig & Suzanne Goodrich
28 months ago
$100
Jennifer Holland
29 months ago
DV
$25
Dawn Velsor
30 months ago

Best wishes for a successful recovery

$25
Anonymous
30 months ago
KF
$100
Kathy Portway & Family
30 months ago

Thoughts & Prayers are with you and your family.

JF
$100
John & Amy Paff Family
30 months ago

God's Speed!

$100
Anonymous
30 months ago
$100
Anonymous
30 months ago
$500
Anonymous
30 months ago
Heather Bean
31 months ago

Tony,I loved your post about how you are so fit....yet just trying to get to the bathroom to take a shower or walking outside for a few minutes completely wiped you out......you said you cant believe how exhausted you feel!!! This really touched me.....you are exactly describing what it is like to have Marfan syndrome!! Husbands just don't "get it"...how could they possibly ??? I was really touched by your comment....I know you don't know me.....but I really can feel for your struggle....I've had so many ortho surgeries and I understand how frustrating it can be.........you will get better.....and you will come out with a different level of compassion for those who go through this over and over.....God Bless you . Man :)

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Diane Rasar
31 months ago

I want to say thank you to all of Tony's friends that have sent him messages and their love, he is going through a tough time right now and being in a foreign country is hard on both him and Ang. Whatever support you can give him is greatly appreciated. I just want my son home.

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