Warriors for Wiesmann Fund

$52,481 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 362 people in 15 months
Abb Ansley
on behalf of Dana Garrett
 FAIRFAX STATION, VA
On April 13th, 2017 Andy contracted an extremely rare and vicious virus that mutated and caused his immune system to attack his nerve shafts and paralyze his entire body. Doctors have been unable to make a diagnosis and recovery and rehab could be years.
As you can imagine, medical expenses are going to be astronomical. We are asking friends of Andy and Dana to give generously to the Warriors for Wiesmann Fund to help cover costs of Andy's care. Thank you for your caring participation. This need is immediate!
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PART 2 OF 2 of Marc Bender's story:

THE LONG ROAD BACK
Dana quit her job and moved into the hospital with Andy. She has been at his side, almost 24-7, from the onset of GBS. After several months of total paralysis, Andy was first able to move the big toe on his right foot. It took several days for Dana to figure out that this movement was intentional. His eyes opened, one first and the other somewhat later. As his sight began restoring, he had double vision. One side of his neck muscles began to function, but this caused his head to be pulled to the opposite side. So there he is, one eye open, head crooked, with his bottom jaw hanging down to his chest, making Quasi Moto look like Clark Gable. At this sight, Dana is ecstatic with the progress!! She tied some little bells on the end of the bed within reach of the toe he could move. Now, for the first time in months, Andy could communicate. He then took it a step further and figured out a pattern of toe-tapping to coincide with the alphabet, but obviously couldn’t explain to Dana what he was trying to do. It took a couple of weeks, then Dana noticed there was a pattern to the way Andy was using his toe and she broke the code. Now he could spell words to tell Dana what hurt, what he needed, what he was thinking, and express his feelings for her. This has been the agonizingly slow pace of Andy’s progress. He is undergoing some pretty intensive physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. His legs have seen the biggest improvement. With very little help, he can stand up. Once standing, he can lean on a walker and progress forward. His shoulders are regaining function and the nerves in his upper arms are coming on line. His forearms are attaining some muscle activity, but are of minimal functionality. He can move a couple of his fingers. His tongue and jaw muscles are coming back and he can speak, but he cannot make his tongue touch the roof of his mouth so he is difficult to understand until you become accustomed to the impediment. Everybody working in that place has an obvious love and respect for Andy. It’s so apparent in the way they look at and speak to him, instruct him in therapy, and encourage him. It’s overwhelming, and so humbling to witness. He pushes himself relentlessly and never complains. We can only imagine the dark moments he has endured, and yet he has nothing but smiles and appreciation for everyone working with him.
Andy is confident and determined he will be making a full recovery. His doctors have cautioned that there is no way to predict the extent of his rehabilitation or when his body will say it is done. On one level he knows that his improvement could end at any stage, but he is 100% resolved to a full recovery, which will likely take up to a year from now. He’s waiting for a spot to open up at another rehab facility that specializes in paralysis rehab. It looks like that will be in February or March. There he will have access to some state-of-the-art gizmos like a voice activated computer that will allow him to do email and read books. He will also have access to some advance Physical Therapy apparatus.
DANA
When I first met Dana several years ago, I wasted no time telling Andy he was aspiring way above his pay grade. He agreed whole-heartedly. Smart, funny, successful and beautiful, Andy was as perplexed as anyone that she would be attracted to him. The word “hero” has become so cheap and overused in today’s society, but it applies to this woman in all its original meaning for the way she has dealt with Andy’s malady and her devotion to him. She rarely leaves his side. Cleans him, feeds him, massages his muscles, scratches his head, shaves him, brushes his teeth…well, you get the picture. She has taken the medical staff to task, making sure the doctor’s orders are carried out correctly. At one point when Andy had a tracheotomy, saliva was draining into his lungs and had to be vacuumed out when his breathing became labored and he was getting pneumonia. The nursing staff was becoming negligent, so Dana “appropriated” several of the vacuum probes used for the procedure and started swamping out Andy’s lungs on her own. Her actions have undoubtedly saved his life on several occasions. But for her, that’s been the easy part. The real challenge for Dana has been dealing with the insurance companies. The actuaries have been as cold and heartless as we would all expect, and have given up on Andy’s rehabilitation more than once. At one point he was forced into a nursing home, pretty much “put out to pasture.” Only Dana’s tireless effort and struggle with the medical insurance leviathan has allowed Andy to stay in the game. I’m writing this for three reasons. I know many of you care about Andy, know and respect him, and want news about his progress. But my secondary motivation is to ask you to ponder how quick and arbitrary is fate. How fast life can take a wrong turn, even when you are doing everything right.
They have incurred daunting out-of- pocket expenses and accrued vast medical bills. the days after Christmas finds many of us concerned with finances, but I’m asking you to visit Warriors for Wiesmann, and do what you can.
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Absolutely beautiful and moving post by Marc Bender about his recent visit to see Andy and Dana. Here's PART 1 OF 2 of Marc's story:

Officer Andy Wiesmann worked for the Riverside Police Dept. He was a great cop, an honorable man, and a past winner of the "Toughest Cop Alive" competition. He has maintained that level of fitness, which, the doctors are telling him, is the reason he is still alive. I recently had the honor of hanging out for a couple of days with Andy and his wife Dana at a rehab facility in Fredericksburg, VA. With no exaggeration, it was one of the most humbling experiences of my life. I lack the ability to convey to you the epic nature of the heroics I observed watching Andy endure hours of Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy. And Dana, my God, I’m inadequate to begin to describe to you her love and devotion to Andy. She is his uncompromising champion. To say that she has “stepped up to the plate” while dealing with this nightmare would be the understatement of the century.
About 9 months ago Andy got the flu. The antibodies he generated to combat the flu mutated and began attacking the myelin encasing his nerves. It’s called Guillain-Barre Syndrome, (GBS). There are about 2000 cases per year in the U.S., but only 1% of those affect the entire body as it has with Andy. Within 24 hours, he was completely paralyzed, including blindness, as his optic nerves shut down as well. Ironically, the one sensation he did not lose was pain. Although his nerves would no longer control his muscles, they were raw and exposed and continued to conduct pain sensation very efficiently. Andy is resistant to opioids, so even with doses bordering on toxic, the pain was not diminished. During this time he was still conscious and could still hear from one ear. Nobody knew he could still hear. Some of the stories he told me about this period are straight out of a Stephen King novel. Like the time a doctor came to intubate him and brought along some medical students. Andy could hear the doctor explain his condition, with a prognosis that was discouraging. This doctor then asked which student had never intubated a patient. Andy heard a young girl’s voice say she had never tried it. Andy was screaming inside while this student improperly inserted the tube into his esophagus instead of his lungs, scraping the sides. The only indication he was being tortured was the spike to his heart-rate monitor, which prompted the removal and correction. This was one of several horror stories Andy shared with me, but he told them with typical cop humor for the macabre. It’s likely that only those of you who have developed that sick sense of humor that comes with our profession will understand when I tell you that Andy and I were in hysterics when he was describing these stories to me.

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From Dana today:

For those following us with Andy Wiesmann's journey - we're still in the hospital (5 1/2 months now). He's still paralyzed, but improving slowing with aggressive rehab.
We are asking for help to find anyone with any connections or contacts at the Shepherds Center in Atlanta.
Andy desperately needs to continue with aggressive rehab to help with his very severe case of Guillain Barre Syndrome.
Please PM me if you know anyone who might be able to help us get Andy accepted.
Thank you for all your messages, calls, prayers & donations. We're so grateful for them all. ❤️
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Update on Andy from Dana:
"Turn for the worse yesterday w breathing an all time struggle.
Concerned about excessive heart rate & possible pulmonary embolism
Awaiting X-rays & heart echo cardiogram (ultrasound of his heart)
No other treatments are available so now we just wait to see how his body handles the paralysis & fights to start to repair extensive excruciating nerve damage
It's a marathon-with the most courageous man I know."

Please continue to pray for Andy... ...and Dana. Doctors have not identified Andy's illness but are calling it severe atypical Guillain Barre. Andy is looking at several months in a live in critical care facility with possibly years of rehab. Please share his Gofundme page with everyone you know. All income for Andy and Dana has stopped. They need your support. Thank you so much.
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Katherine Spencer Inskeep
15 months ago
5
5

This sounds very similar to something my cousin experienced 2 years ago after having a flu shot. At the time it took several weeks to diagnose him with Acute Inflammatory De-myelenating Polyridiculosoneurapathy (aka Guillaune-Bure Syndrome). The disease causes a rapid loss of the nerve coating very similar to MS and resulted in almost total body paralyzation. Please have Andy's doctors investigate whether GB Syndrome has caused his symptoms. My cousin underwent intensive physical & occupational therapy for about a year and is now nearly fully recovered. Best wishes and prayers for a full recovery.

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Marc Bender
7 months ago
4
4

I recently had the honor of hanging out for a couple of days with Andy and his wife Dana at a rehab facility in Fredericksburg, VA. With no exaggeration, it was one of the most humbling experiences of my life. If I had the combined writing talent of Dickens and Twain and Shakespeare, I would still lack the ability to convey to you the epic nature of the heroics I observed watching Andy endure hours of Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy. And Dana, my God, I’m inadequate to begin to describe to you her love and devotion to Andy. She is his uncompromising champion. To say that she has “stepped up to the plate” while dealing with this nightmare would be the understatement of the century. Here is an update: WHAT HAPPENED About 9 months ago Andy got the flu. The antibodies he generated to combat the flu mutated and began attacking the myelin encasing his nerves. It’s called Guillain-Barre Syndrome, (GBS). There are about 2000 cases per year in the U.S., but only 1% of those affect the entire body as it has with Andy. Within 24 hours, he was completely paralyzed, including blindness, as his optic nerves shut down as well. Ironically, the one sensation he did not lose was pain. Although his nerves would no longer control his muscles, they were raw and exposed and continued to conduct pain sensation very efficiently. Andy is resistant to opioids, so even with doses bordering on toxic, the pain was not diminished. During this time he was still conscious and could still hear from one ear. Nobody knew he could still hear. Some of the stories he told me about this period are straight out of a Stephen King novel. Like the time a doctor came to intubate him and brought along some medical students. Andy could hear the doctor explain his condition, with a prognosis that was discouraging. This doctor then asked which student had never intubated a patient. Andy heard a young girl’s voice say she had never tried it. Andy was screaming inside while this student improperly inserted the tube into his esophagus instead of his lungs, scraping the sides. The only indication he was being tortured was the spike to his heart-rate monitor, which prompted the removal and correction. This was one of several horror stories Andy shared with me, but he told them with typical cop humor for the macabre. It’s likely that only those of you who have developed that sick sense of humor that comes with our profession will understand when I tell you that Andy and I were in hysterics when he was describing these stories to me. THE LONG ROAD BACK Dana quit her job and moved into the hospital with Andy. She has been at his side, almost 24-7, from the onset of GBS. More about her later. After several months of total paralysis, Andy was first able to move the big toe on his right foot. It took several days for Dana to figure out that this movement was intentional. His eyes opened, one first and the other somewhat later. As his sight began restoring, he had double vision. One side of his neck muscles began to function, but this caused his head to be pulled to the opposite side. So there he is, one eye open, head crooked, with his bottom jaw hanging down to his chest, making Quasi Moto look like Clark Gable. At this sight, Dana is ecstatic with the progress!! She tied some little bells on the end of the bed within reach of the toe he could move. Now, for the first time in months, Andy could communicate. He then took it a step further and figured out a pattern of toe-tapping to coincide with the alphabet, but obviously couldn’t explain to Dana what he was trying to do. It took a couple of weeks, then Dana noticed there was a pattern to the way Andy was using his toe and she broke the code. Now he could spell words to tell Dana what hurt, what he needed, what he was thinking, and express his feelings for her. This has been the agonizingly slow pace of Andy’s progress. He is undergoing some pretty intensive physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. His legs have seen the biggest improvement. With very little help, he can stand up. Once standing, he can lean on a walker and progress forward. His shoulders are regaining function and the nerves in his upper arms are coming on line. His forearms are attaining some muscle activity, but are of minimal functionality. He can move a couple of his fingers. His tongue and jaw muscles are coming back and he can speak, but he cannot make his tongue touch the roof of his mouth so he is difficult to understand until you become accustomed to the impediment. When he told me it was time for his speech therapy he had to repeat it to me several times before I understood. (Not really. We just thought it was pretty funny to act like I couldn’t understand him saying “speech therapy.” Get it?) Everybody working in that place has an obvious love and respect for Andy. It’s so apparent in the way they look at and speak to him, instruct him in therapy, and encourage him. It’s overwhelming, and

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Shaneik
7 months ago

Hi, my name Is Shaneik Watson and I am making this gofundme on behalf of my 29 yr old Aunt, Shanna Chen, and her 7 yr old daughter Brianna. On Friday, December 15th, 2017 Shanna went to the emergency room at Vassar Brothers Hospital because she was experiencing severe headaches. As a result of that visit, she and our family was devastated to find out that she had 2 brain aneurysms and would have to undergo emergency surgery that following morning. Shanna went into surgery for what was supposed to be a 4-6 hour procedure, It ended up being 15 hours. The doctor explained to us that during the procedure her brain began to bleed out and swell so they had to work vigorously to stop the bleeding and removed a portion of her skull that couldn’t be replaced due to the swelling of her brain in the process. We were informed today that her skull cannot be replaced for a few months during which time she will have to wear a helmet to protect her brain and go through rehabilitation to regain the full function of her brain. My mother is the oldest of my grandmothers eight children and my aunt Shanna is the youngest. She is more than a aunt to me and my sisters, she was raised by my mother in the same household as us all of our lives. I cry as I write this because I am still in disbelief that this is even reality right now. Shanna is a strong woman and by the grace of God the results of her cat scan show no permanent brain damage but she still has a long road ahead of her before she fully recovers. Shanna works as a PCA and she is a single mother who like many other people in the world live paycheck to paycheck so we are asking for help to keep her and Brianna’s home and for any other expenses that may occur during her time of healing. As of right now, Brianna does not know the extent of what has happened to her mom and we are trying to keep things as normal as possible for her and with the holidays nearing we don’t even know how to break the news to her but the last thing we want is for Brianna and her mom to have to go through this ordeal and end up losing their home and what sense of normalcy they had in their lives before this unexpected tragedy. Anything you can give will be greatly appreciated and even if not a monetary donation we are asking for prayers from all in our time of need. Thank you for taking the time out to read on Shanna and Brianna’s story. https://www.facebook.com/shaneik.watson/posts/10156114225392342

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Keiko Schultz
12 months ago

Has anyone heard any updates on Andy? Still praying for him,

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Zoe Morris
12 months ago

Prayers continue everyday for you and Andy.

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Denise Carter Coy
13 months ago

I check back occasionally hoping for more news, any updates?

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Denise Carter Coy
15 months ago

My cousin is literally going through this same thing at the exact same time as Andy, although he was out of the country at the time so he is in a hospital in Singapore. My Aunt made my cousin some kind of Alphabet board to help him communicate. I'm sure it's a long process to get the words spelled out by waiting for the patient to "look" at the next letter of the word. But at this stage, waiting by their bedside, you HAVE a lot of time! If you google "Alphabet board for locked-in syndrome" it should give some ideas of the best way to create one (even though he's not suffering from locked-in syndrome - it's the same basic premise). This way, Andy will be able to communicate more than "yes or no".

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Jennifer Moore Lovelace
15 months ago

Hi Dana and Andy, Please know that I continue to pray for Andy's full recovery. Dana, I know this has to be an excruciating time for you. In addition to donating, please let me know how I might be able to help you. I would love to bring you lunch to the hospital or just sit with you. Much love, Jen Lovelace

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Pamela Elkin Beaumonte
15 months ago

And I had a friend a few years ago with these same symptoms that turned out to be West Nile Virus. It took the Drs. weeks to figure it out.

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Chris Moyer
15 months ago

Oh my goodness. My heart breaks for you all. Healing and positive prayers are being sent your way. I had a physical therapy client several years ago that was in another country on vacation and had very a similar condition. They found it to be GBS (Guillain-Barre Syndrome). I'm sure they have already thought of this, but please offer this as a possible avenue to explore. A fast diagnosis is key to treating GBS. Please reach out if there is anything I can help with. Warm hugs xo

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Pamela Elkin Beaumonte
15 months ago

I'm so sorry to hear this news about my cousin. I pray his pain will lessen and he will have a speedy recovery. Please keep the updates coming so we can follow his progress. I feel confident his strength will prevail. Love, Pam & family

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kendall griffin
4 months ago

Keep fighting.

KB
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Kris Brinker
6 months ago

Your strength amazes me. Your love inspires me. You are in my healing thoughts.

$50
Eileen Brown
6 months ago

Thought a contribution for Andy would be the best gift for your birthday.

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Victoria Rader
6 months ago
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God bless you on your journey. Both of you are continually in my prayers.

$200
Anonymous
7 months ago
$300
Christine Rufener
7 months ago

You will get there! I'm pulling for you! This New Year is for you Andy and Dana! Love you both!!!

Katherine Spencer Inskeep
15 months ago
5
5

This sounds very similar to something my cousin experienced 2 years ago after having a flu shot. At the time it took several weeks to diagnose him with Acute Inflammatory De-myelenating Polyridiculosoneurapathy (aka Guillaune-Bure Syndrome). The disease causes a rapid loss of the nerve coating very similar to MS and resulted in almost total body paralyzation. Please have Andy's doctors investigate whether GB Syndrome has caused his symptoms. My cousin underwent intensive physical & occupational therapy for about a year and is now nearly fully recovered. Best wishes and prayers for a full recovery.

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Marc Bender
7 months ago
4
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I recently had the honor of hanging out for a couple of days with Andy and his wife Dana at a rehab facility in Fredericksburg, VA. With no exaggeration, it was one of the most humbling experiences of my life. If I had the combined writing talent of Dickens and Twain and Shakespeare, I would still lack the ability to convey to you the epic nature of the heroics I observed watching Andy endure hours of Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy. And Dana, my God, I’m inadequate to begin to describe to you her love and devotion to Andy. She is his uncompromising champion. To say that she has “stepped up to the plate” while dealing with this nightmare would be the understatement of the century. Here is an update: WHAT HAPPENED About 9 months ago Andy got the flu. The antibodies he generated to combat the flu mutated and began attacking the myelin encasing his nerves. It’s called Guillain-Barre Syndrome, (GBS). There are about 2000 cases per year in the U.S., but only 1% of those affect the entire body as it has with Andy. Within 24 hours, he was completely paralyzed, including blindness, as his optic nerves shut down as well. Ironically, the one sensation he did not lose was pain. Although his nerves would no longer control his muscles, they were raw and exposed and continued to conduct pain sensation very efficiently. Andy is resistant to opioids, so even with doses bordering on toxic, the pain was not diminished. During this time he was still conscious and could still hear from one ear. Nobody knew he could still hear. Some of the stories he told me about this period are straight out of a Stephen King novel. Like the time a doctor came to intubate him and brought along some medical students. Andy could hear the doctor explain his condition, with a prognosis that was discouraging. This doctor then asked which student had never intubated a patient. Andy heard a young girl’s voice say she had never tried it. Andy was screaming inside while this student improperly inserted the tube into his esophagus instead of his lungs, scraping the sides. The only indication he was being tortured was the spike to his heart-rate monitor, which prompted the removal and correction. This was one of several horror stories Andy shared with me, but he told them with typical cop humor for the macabre. It’s likely that only those of you who have developed that sick sense of humor that comes with our profession will understand when I tell you that Andy and I were in hysterics when he was describing these stories to me. THE LONG ROAD BACK Dana quit her job and moved into the hospital with Andy. She has been at his side, almost 24-7, from the onset of GBS. More about her later. After several months of total paralysis, Andy was first able to move the big toe on his right foot. It took several days for Dana to figure out that this movement was intentional. His eyes opened, one first and the other somewhat later. As his sight began restoring, he had double vision. One side of his neck muscles began to function, but this caused his head to be pulled to the opposite side. So there he is, one eye open, head crooked, with his bottom jaw hanging down to his chest, making Quasi Moto look like Clark Gable. At this sight, Dana is ecstatic with the progress!! She tied some little bells on the end of the bed within reach of the toe he could move. Now, for the first time in months, Andy could communicate. He then took it a step further and figured out a pattern of toe-tapping to coincide with the alphabet, but obviously couldn’t explain to Dana what he was trying to do. It took a couple of weeks, then Dana noticed there was a pattern to the way Andy was using his toe and she broke the code. Now he could spell words to tell Dana what hurt, what he needed, what he was thinking, and express his feelings for her. This has been the agonizingly slow pace of Andy’s progress. He is undergoing some pretty intensive physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. His legs have seen the biggest improvement. With very little help, he can stand up. Once standing, he can lean on a walker and progress forward. His shoulders are regaining function and the nerves in his upper arms are coming on line. His forearms are attaining some muscle activity, but are of minimal functionality. He can move a couple of his fingers. His tongue and jaw muscles are coming back and he can speak, but he cannot make his tongue touch the roof of his mouth so he is difficult to understand until you become accustomed to the impediment. When he told me it was time for his speech therapy he had to repeat it to me several times before I understood. (Not really. We just thought it was pretty funny to act like I couldn’t understand him saying “speech therapy.” Get it?) Everybody working in that place has an obvious love and respect for Andy. It’s so apparent in the way they look at and speak to him, instruct him in therapy, and encourage him. It’s overwhelming, and

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Shaneik
7 months ago

Hi, my name Is Shaneik Watson and I am making this gofundme on behalf of my 29 yr old Aunt, Shanna Chen, and her 7 yr old daughter Brianna. On Friday, December 15th, 2017 Shanna went to the emergency room at Vassar Brothers Hospital because she was experiencing severe headaches. As a result of that visit, she and our family was devastated to find out that she had 2 brain aneurysms and would have to undergo emergency surgery that following morning. Shanna went into surgery for what was supposed to be a 4-6 hour procedure, It ended up being 15 hours. The doctor explained to us that during the procedure her brain began to bleed out and swell so they had to work vigorously to stop the bleeding and removed a portion of her skull that couldn’t be replaced due to the swelling of her brain in the process. We were informed today that her skull cannot be replaced for a few months during which time she will have to wear a helmet to protect her brain and go through rehabilitation to regain the full function of her brain. My mother is the oldest of my grandmothers eight children and my aunt Shanna is the youngest. She is more than a aunt to me and my sisters, she was raised by my mother in the same household as us all of our lives. I cry as I write this because I am still in disbelief that this is even reality right now. Shanna is a strong woman and by the grace of God the results of her cat scan show no permanent brain damage but she still has a long road ahead of her before she fully recovers. Shanna works as a PCA and she is a single mother who like many other people in the world live paycheck to paycheck so we are asking for help to keep her and Brianna’s home and for any other expenses that may occur during her time of healing. As of right now, Brianna does not know the extent of what has happened to her mom and we are trying to keep things as normal as possible for her and with the holidays nearing we don’t even know how to break the news to her but the last thing we want is for Brianna and her mom to have to go through this ordeal and end up losing their home and what sense of normalcy they had in their lives before this unexpected tragedy. Anything you can give will be greatly appreciated and even if not a monetary donation we are asking for prayers from all in our time of need. Thank you for taking the time out to read on Shanna and Brianna’s story. https://www.facebook.com/shaneik.watson/posts/10156114225392342

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Keiko Schultz
12 months ago

Has anyone heard any updates on Andy? Still praying for him,

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Zoe Morris
12 months ago

Prayers continue everyday for you and Andy.

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Denise Carter Coy
13 months ago

I check back occasionally hoping for more news, any updates?

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Denise Carter Coy
15 months ago

My cousin is literally going through this same thing at the exact same time as Andy, although he was out of the country at the time so he is in a hospital in Singapore. My Aunt made my cousin some kind of Alphabet board to help him communicate. I'm sure it's a long process to get the words spelled out by waiting for the patient to "look" at the next letter of the word. But at this stage, waiting by their bedside, you HAVE a lot of time! If you google "Alphabet board for locked-in syndrome" it should give some ideas of the best way to create one (even though he's not suffering from locked-in syndrome - it's the same basic premise). This way, Andy will be able to communicate more than "yes or no".

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Jennifer Moore Lovelace
15 months ago

Hi Dana and Andy, Please know that I continue to pray for Andy's full recovery. Dana, I know this has to be an excruciating time for you. In addition to donating, please let me know how I might be able to help you. I would love to bring you lunch to the hospital or just sit with you. Much love, Jen Lovelace

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Pamela Elkin Beaumonte
15 months ago

And I had a friend a few years ago with these same symptoms that turned out to be West Nile Virus. It took the Drs. weeks to figure it out.

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Chris Moyer
15 months ago

Oh my goodness. My heart breaks for you all. Healing and positive prayers are being sent your way. I had a physical therapy client several years ago that was in another country on vacation and had very a similar condition. They found it to be GBS (Guillain-Barre Syndrome). I'm sure they have already thought of this, but please offer this as a possible avenue to explore. A fast diagnosis is key to treating GBS. Please reach out if there is anything I can help with. Warm hugs xo

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Pamela Elkin Beaumonte
15 months ago

I'm so sorry to hear this news about my cousin. I pray his pain will lessen and he will have a speedy recovery. Please keep the updates coming so we can follow his progress. I feel confident his strength will prevail. Love, Pam & family

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