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Brady's Battle

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Raised by 378 people in 2 months
Created February 8, 2019
Tuesday, February 5th started out like any other morning. Shane and Brady were on their way to Brady's school when Shane was rear ended. The impact was strong enough to deploy the airbags and Shane was temporarily knocked unconscious. After climbing out of the passenger side door, Shane saw that Brady was pinned in the backseat. The impact had been so great that the back of the car had folded into itself. Brady was unconscious and needed to be extricated from the vehicle. 

Shane was banged up and needed several staples to his head. Brady was much, much worse. After undergoing emergency surgery to relieve the swelling in his brain, Brady was put in a medically induced coma to allow his body to rest. He has a broken femur, broken mandible, facial fractures, and pneumonia from aspirating a significant amount of blood.

As I write this, Brady is still fighting for his future in the Intensive Care Unit. Once the swelling in his brain is minimized, he will need to have another surgery on his leg, as well as his facial fractures.  Doctors are cautiously optimistic about his recovery but stress that it will be a long road ahead. 

Shane, Jennie, and Jakob are keeping vigil at Brady's bedside. They are not sure when they will be returning to work. They are not sure what types of rehabilitation Brady will need after his future surgeries. They are not sure how they are going to pay for all of these medical expenses. 

That's where you come in! Brady is so loved by many and the Swenson family needs your support. We are asking for your help in any of the following ways:

1. Donate to this campaign. The money raised will help pay the costs of Brady's mounting medical bills, as well as provide for the family's living expenses so Shane and Jennie can focus on Brady instead of worrying about finances. 

2. Pray. Spiritual support is so important in this time of great need. God is good and hears our prayers for a safe and consistent recovery for Brady. 

3. Share this campaign on your social media accounts and with your contacts. The most successful campaigns are the ones that are seen, so please take a moment to share Brady's story. 

This has been absolutely devastating to Brady's family. The worst part is that it was completely avoidable- Shane was not rear ended due to icy road conditions or faulty driving.  All donations will help ease the burden the Swenson family is bearing through no fault of their own.
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Brady was transferred to Gillette this afternoon and has settled back into his temporary home nicely.  Shane was able to hitch a ride in the ambulance with Brady, and everyone at Gillette was really happy to see Brady return.

We're more than grateful for all that the staff has done for us at North, but we're also so excited for this next step in Brady's recovery.  

Wishing all of you a very happy and safe Easter weekend.  Stay tuned for updates of progress and please continue to pray for Brady as he heals from this week's surgery.

With love & gratitude,
Jennie
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As of this evening, Brady is still resting comfortably at North Memorial.  While we appreciate this opportunity for him to recover quietly, it's unfortunate that the reason he wasn't transferred to Gillette is due to the fact that the insurance company has not authorized his admittance to Gillette.  We're hopeful that this is a quick process so that he can return to his much needed therapies as soon as possible.

The past few days at North Memorial have been very "comfortable" for us.  And I can only attribute that to two things; the amazing staff and the fact that this trauma started there - which ends up coming back around to the staff, and how they helped us through the first weeks of this senseless tragedy.  We will always remember those who were there for us, and for Brady, and in some way, I think we were there for them as well, as they cared for our sweet boy who was (and still is) significantly injured from head to toe.

Yesterday we were visited by the chaplain who met me in the ER lobby just minutes after Shane and Brady arrived, the morning of the accident.  It was so nice to see him again.  He talked with us for a bit at Brady's bedside and prayed with us, as we all held hands.  But I must admit that the moment he walked into Brady's room yesterday afternoon, I felt as though I was sucked back in time and instantly felt an overwhelming wave of emotions that I worked very hard to disguise.  I immediately thought about how lonely it was to walk into that ER - that foreign space that's filled with so much pain, sadness and every day tragedies.  I could visualize it as if I was having an out of body experience - seeing him walk me down the long and winding ER hallway to see Shane, while reassuring me that Brady was in good hands.  I could feel that familiar fear from February 5th, and part of me just wanted to escape.  But now that 10 weeks have passed, I have come to realize that there's no escaping any part of this.  And as of one morning last week, I realized that I no longer wake up with the very first thought in my head being, "I wish this was all just a dream, and that I would wake up knowing that I could hug and kiss on my Brady as he gets ready for another school day."  Reality is truly beginning to set in, which means acceptance - which really scares me.  It feels as though I'm finally giving in; the fight is over and I just must take in all that has changed and all that we may later realize is lost.

Aside from that moment yesterday, our time spent at North has been somewhat joyous, knowing that Brady has finally received this much needed surgery.  On Monday afternoon and most of the day yesterday, Shane and I were smiling and hugging those familiar caregivers.  We felt true happiness for the first time in a very long time, yet somehow that felt unnatural.  Shortly after the accident I recall one day that I thought about laughter; what it sounded like and what it felt like.  And I wondered if I would ever laugh again.  Not the half smile-half laugh that many of us do each day throughout our conversations - but the truly belly laugh.  That moment when you feel complete happiness because of a person or a circumstance or a memory.  And over the past few days, we felt that again.  It was good and it was strange.  But most of all, it was much needed.  And after riding that "high" yesterday, I came home and fell apart.  It breaks my heart when the three of us walk out of Brady's hospital room to go home each night.  There's one less person in the car; one less person to kiss goodnight; one less person to wake each morning; and one less lunch box to pack.  And while we are still assimilating to daily life and everyday responsibilities, Brady isn't there with us, and that's very wrong.  Something I will never get used to, and for good reason.

As we approach Easter weekend, I can't help but think about how much Brady loves going to church and the Stations of The Cross.  Each year during Easter season he would come home from school and share that he shed some tears as he watched his classmates re-enact Jesus' final days and hours.  It feels as though there is so much symbolism swirling around us these days.  Spring is finally here, and Brady's darkest days are past; the days of the snow globe village are over.  Thank goodness.  And with all due respect to Jesus and all that he endured in these coming days of the Easter season, Brady is also carrying his own cross.  And Brady has many believers - many followers who are certain this boy will return - he will recover fully.  And even though I have fear of the sense of loss that is still unknown, I can also say that I am one of them.  I believe.

With love & gratitude,
Jennie
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Brady has been resting comfortably (for the most part) since his surgery yesterday, and has experienced some swelling and increased tone. He will be transferred back to Gillette sometime tomorrow, and I would imagine that he’ll be fully immersed back into therapies beginning Thursday morning.

Please pray for another safe transfer, as well as continued progress. We feel as though we’re entering a new chapter, now that this surgery has taken place, and we’re so excited for his future.

Thank you North Memorial- all the staff who cared for Brady and checked up on Brady, as well as the chaplains and Christina. You’re all amazing and have filled our hearts with happiness.

With love & gratitude,
Jennie
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Brady’s early morning transport and surgery were both successful! He’s currently in Recovery and we’re so excited to see our sweet baby soon, whole again.

It was so comforting to return to North this morning and to see so many familiar faces. And this time around, we feel a great sense of relief as opposed to the tremendously frightening days we spent here, post-accident.

Thank you for all your continued prayers, love, support and well wishes. This boy is not only a survivor - he’s a fighter. And we believe he will continue to prove that miracles really do happen.

With love & gratitude,
Jennie
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