Shannon Sansom

$8,375 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 138 people in 37 months
Angie Kalail
on behalf of Shannon Sansom
On Thursday March 24th our sister and friend, Shannon Sansom, 40 years old suffered a major heart attack. Fortunately her husband Brian was home to call the paramedics. After what felt like countless hours of CPR and shocking her heart they found a blockage and performed a cardiac procedure to put in two stents. During the repair of the heart they discovered that she was bleeding in the belly and determined it would be best to put her on ECMO (a heart and lung bypass machine) while they perform invasive surgery to find the bleed and hopefully repair it.  The doctors warned us that they were unsure how well Shannon would tolerate the surgery but felt it was necessary to save her at that time. She came out of the surgery but they had little luck in stopping the bleeding.  Shannon continues to need several units of blood everyday, to date she has had over 200 units of blood, thank to those that take the time to donate blood because you really do save lives.  She is begining to show a few small improvements and we hope that tomorrow morning she will be able to have surgery again so the doctors can attempt to stop the internal bleeding.   Once the bleeding is stable, she should then be able to have a catscan to evaluate the brain. 

UPDATE- 3-27-16 Shannon did have surgery this morning and took a positive step in the right direction as she is becoming more stable. Our biggest concern now is to determine brain activity. This will happen sometime tomorrow when they move her down to catscan.  She is still on dialysis and life support but the bleeding is more controlled.  We are keeping our faith and staying as strong as possible. 

Shannon has two beautiful children, Michael and Tori. Michael is a senior at Mogadore High School and Tori is in 8th grade. She has been married to Brian for over 16 years now.   Due to the uncertainty of her condition we are expecting her to have high medical bills as well as her husband and son will be taking an extended leave of absence from work. We are hoping to take some of the financial burden off of them as we know they are already overwhelmed with other things. We would like to keep things as normal as possible for all of them.  Anything you can contribute towards these expenses would be greatly appreciated.  
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It has been a few months since our last update, We wanted to keep everyone posted on Shannon's progress and the huge improvements she has made so far.

Shannon came home in May to begin the next step in her recovery. She recently received her first prosthetic and is slowing adjusting to using it. We have been informed that she will have to have a new prosthetic within 6 months as the swelling continues to go down in her leg. Shannon continues to be off work as she makes the necessary life style changes and continues her recovery. The road looks a little bit shorter now but yet we realize how different life looks after such a traumatic event. We realize how lucky we are to be able to walk, breath and spend time with those we love. We appreciate life so much more and we have seen God preform his miracle first hand.
Shannon has shown us what great strength is. She may look at the scars that are left behind in sadness as her family looks at this and rejoices in the meaning behind each scar. The small scar on her neck from trach reminds us of when we prayed and hoped that one day she would be able to breath on her without a machine helping her. The scars from the blisters reminds us of her kidney failure, the scar on her stomach remind us of the liver bleeding as she laid on the bed, the leg reminds of the infection and how critical she really was. We figure if the scars and the leg were the most damage we took she was doing good. We have seen how the body adapts to such drastic changes and it is an amazing thing. We will be for forever thankful to all those that prayed, made meals and stood by our sides throughout this entire journey.

We are hosting a welcome home party this Saturday at Roma's in Mogadore. We would like to invite all of our family and friends to come celebrate Shannon's homecoming.

Shannon's journey
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Every day we take another step in the right direction. Shannon was moved to a rehab facility this evening where they will work more on her weaning of the trach as well as building some more strength. Although we will miss everyone at city hospital who has been on this journey with us for 3 weeks now. We wouldn't be here without any of you! We will miss you but promise to keep in touch.

She was on a low pressure setting of the vent today for 4 hours. She is emotional and angry and happy through out the day, we are still struggling some with communication and understanding her but we know soon that will be another stone we step over.

Please keep praying for our miracle and sharing Shannon's story. Thank you to everyone who has helped us get to where we are today.
Shannon telling us she is ready to go to the rehab center! :)
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This is a post from my mom today. I know everyone says their mom is the best, but I must say my mom is very special. Shannon gets her fight and strength from my mom for sure. As some of you know my mom is listed for a double lung transplant at Cleveland clinic and even though she has her own health problems she has been at Shannon's side every single day and a few nights.

***Spent some time with Shannon Sansom at the hospital today. She is doing amazing with just minimal problems. Tomorrow they will be putting in a port for her kidney dialysis that will be more permanent. Today Dr. Firstenburg came by and saw her sitting in a chair and said "wow, you look great. Could I take a video to show all of the caregivers who have helped take care of you." Of course Shannon obliged and smiled and waved for the camera. To those who disbelieved in the power of God I hope you now see the miracle in front of you. I can't thank all of you enough for your support during this very difficult journey but most of all I thank God.****

My mom is so right, never stop believing because it only takes one yes from God to give you a miracle and my sister truly is a miracle from God.

Please continue to pray and share Shannon's story.
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Spent some time with Shannon today. As soon as I walked into the top she was sitting in the chair and looked right at me. I went over by her and said hi Shannon, she started trying to talk of course way too fast where I could not read her lips. Naturally she became frustrated because we couldn't understand what she wants or what she is trying to say. She was moving her hands all around and trying to get out of the chair, she did not like that we told her no, she has to stay in the chair. We have tried a cell phone for her to try and push buttons, paper and a pen even a picture board and so far no luck. She is needing some physical therapy to help rebuild musvle strength. My sister Melissa went to visit as well and said that Shannon was very happy to see her kid and she smiled. She told my sister Sam today that she is going home tonight and Sam said it isn't time yet and Shannon said "wanna bet" and shook Sams hand. Oh how she makes us laugh and bring us happiness with her stubborness. We said today she is such a firecracker as she rolls her eyes, moves her arms and gives us that look like nevermind. We are thankful she is such a fighter even though we know she is aggravated with everything right now and I am sure she isn't quite sure what all is going on. We are still praying every single day for each day to be easier for her and to have her continue to build strength. As far as being sick, that hasn't been an issue today, so we are thankful.

Thank you everyone again for your love and support. We hope to meet all of you at the benefit on April 30th at howies on the lakes. Until then please continue to pray and share Shannon's story
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$8,375 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 138 people in 37 months
Created March 27, 2016
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J Ptr
32 months ago
Amy Roberts
36 months ago

Matthew 19:26

Rita Shisler
36 months ago

God bless Shannon and keep her in the palm of His hand until she is well again.

Mary Bell
36 months ago

Praying for you every day ❤

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