Fundraiser for Charles Lawton

July 19
Update posted by Jeromy and Karyn Lawton On Jul 19, 2013

This is what was placed in a local newspaper:

The Chicago man charged with first degree murder of an Ottawa man was denied bond this week. Jose Gasco Garcia of southwestern Chicago was in court Tuesday afternoon at the Cook County Circuit Courthouse in Bridgeview. Garcia allegedly hit 35-year old Charlie Lawton, a Streator native, with an SUV and then fled in suburban Bedford Park on June 13th. Lawton passed away from his injuries this past Saturday. Garcia will return to court on Monday, August 5th at 9 AM at the Cook County Circuit Courthouse in Bridgeview.

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July 15
Update posted by Jeromy and Karyn Lawton On Jul 15, 2013

We are all so happy to be able to share the news that they have caught the man responsible!!!  He is being charged with 1st Degree Murder...the highest charge they have!  It has been approved by the States Attorney.  This in no way takes away the pain and grief we all feel, but it does give us all a small measure of peace to know that he will be held accountable for his actions and is no longer on the streets able to hurt someone else the way he did Chuck.  Thank you all for the prayers and support you have shown!  It is overwhelming to see how many people care!

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July 14
Update posted by Jeromy and Karyn Lawton On Jul 13, 2013
It is with great sadness I report that my big brother Charles Lawton passed away this morning leaving behind four wonderful and beautiful girls. He was a great father, brother, and friend to all. He will be missed and loved forever. Thank you to all that donated there money and prayers during this horrific time in our lives. God bless you all and your families. I will post a date and time for a memorial service.
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July 10
Update posted by Jeromy and Karyn Lawton On Jul 10, 2013

Today Amanda had a meeting with the doctors and right now Chuck is not getting worse, but he's not getting better.  The entire medical team is trying to figure out best how to treat him since he is such a challenging case.  Today he was stable, but it is taking a lot of meds to keep him that way.  Anytime they try to change it, he vitals go haywire and they switch them back.  His ventilator was causing some issues so they are changing the settings to try to remove more CO2.  Yesterday, they had Chuck hooked up to the big dialysis machine and it was able to draw some fluid out.  The are sending more cultures out to identify the infections that he still has.  Right now, there are no plans for any more surgeries until he is more stable.  What happens next lies with Chuck...it's what he can handle.  Thank you all for your support and I'm sorry there has been a few days without an update.  Right now, it's a waiting game to see how he is doing.  Please keep Chuck, Amanda, the girls, and all the doctors and nurses in your prayers.  

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July 7
Update posted by Jeromy and Karyn Lawton On Jul 07, 2013

Chuck had a good night. He is off of one of the blood pressure medicines and still holding at 120/58 which is the highest in days even with meds! He has a temp again and they are sending out cultures to see what grows this time. Still no urine though and dialysis keeps getting messed up and restarted. His blood keeps clotting the lines. He is amazing and Amanda is right there with him every step of the way.  Please continue praying for him please.

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July 6
Update posted by Jeromy and Karyn Lawton On Jul 06, 2013

Yesterday, the family had a meeting with Chuck's surgeons.  At this point, they have done all they can for him and unless he begins to improve they can't continue with treatment.  His spirit is fighting, but his body is so weak.  Don't think that we are giving up on him because we're not!  He's proven the doctors wrong at every turn and we all pray for him constantly!  Please add your prayers to ours.

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July 3
Update posted by Jeromy and Karyn Lawton On Jul 03, 2013

Sorry for the lapse in updates.  My husband had to fly back to his duty station in Korea and I had to drive back to Alabama with our 4 boys.  It's been hectic to say the least.

 

The past few days have been really rough on Chuck.  They found that he is septic (infection in his bloodstream).  To treat this they have to use 'super' antibiotics....the down size is that one of the side effects is possible kidney damage.  The doctors have placed him on dialysis to help relieve the strain to his kidneys.  We are being told that the next 48 hours are crucial....anything can happen. 

 

On a different note...they have identified the man who is responsible for all of this!!!  He has 2 one million dollar warrants out for his arrest - attempted homocide and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.  For those of you in the Chicago area, keep a watch on Channel 5 news for updates.  As soon as they air it and it's on the internet, I can post a link for everyone else.

~Karyn

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June 28
Update posted by Jeromy and Karyn Lawton On Jun 28, 2013
Today Chuck had another surgery to clean out his wounds. While they are starting to heal, there still is infection in them. The infection has also spread to his blood. During the surgery, the doctor removed his left hand because the thumb and palm were basically dead and there was no saving it. They are very optimistic about future prosthetic use though. Please continue with your prayers. He has come a long way and still has a long way to go. Everyday there are improvements, but also something that needs attention. He has many more surgeries to go as well as months of physical therapy ahead of him. We greatly appreciate everyone's support!
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June 26
Update posted by Jeromy and Karyn Lawton On Jun 26, 2013
Yesterday afternoon, Chuck had another surgery to clean out his wounds. The doctors removed more dead tissue and also a dead muscle from his left forearm. They placed artificial skin on his chest wound as a test graft to see if his body will accept it and heal for future grafts. We are all excited and encourage that he opened his eyes briefly and blinked on command multiple times! The neurologists are pleased with this progress and have put him back in the medically induced coma to make him more comfortable. We still need prayers....they found that he has a bacteria-resistant bacteria growing in the wounds and it has gone into his lungs. Regular antibiotics won't help but there are stronger ones they can use but those come with possible dangerous side effects, so the doctors are hoping to clean out the infection before it comes to the use of these drugs. Thank you all for the support, love, and prayers that you are showing....he's making progress everyday, but he still has a long way to go and is still considered critical.
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June 24 PM
Update posted by Jeromy and Karyn Lawton On Jun 24, 2013
While I was visiting with my brother today, he actually moved his head slightly and bit down on his breathing tube. These were actual motions and not just reflexes.....great news! His fianc Amanda told me that the neurologist came in and poked his toe with scissors to see if he would react to the slight pain and we are all encouraged that he did! Along with these wonderful things comes a step back. There is infection in his wounds and they now have surgery scheduled for tomorrow to clean them. They will also make some tough decisions about his limbs. There is a possibility of skin grafts if they can clean it out, but there is also a possibility of amputation. Please continue your prayers for Chuck and his family. We will have more news tomorrow.
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all I can say is WOW WOW WOW thanks everybody that is helping here god is bring ing blessings on chuck lawtons famiy god bless all love it

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Wee Phan

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I am sorry to hear about your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

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God bless you and your children, in Jesus name.

justwanttohelp

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I worked with charlie. He was a gentle giant. a great man who got what life was about. I wish I can do more. But I wish his family the best through these trying times. Be strong. just like Charlie would want you to.

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I'm sorry for your loss

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