- Dear Friends. Carol Andrew's is a loving 57yr old Grandmother of 2-Grandson 8 & 12 yrs old and Mother of 1-37yr old son. We are the only family she has as she lost her mother, father and husband in the last year. We are in desperate financial need and have no family or friends to help. On November 6, 2018 I woke to what I thought to be my mother calling at 8am which was unusually early and when I answered I was speechless as a man told me I needed to get to New Orleans Oschner Medical Center right away which is almost 3 hours from our home. My mother had been found on her bathroom floor unresponsive and her Rottweiler had thankfully gotten the front door open since she could use her paw to turn the knob and she then went to a neighbor's house and alerted a neighbor that something was wrong which is when she was finally found. She had suffered a massive stroke between 10pm the night before to 6am that morning. Doctors have no idea how long she had been there before her friend found her. We have been given no hope that she is going to pull through but have been told she's being kept comfortable.
She is now on a ventilator and she has substantial brain swelling which caused surgery to remove a piece of her skull to accommodate the swelling and relieve the pressure on her brain. The doctors have told us if she pulls through this she will be paralyzed on the right side of her body and has permanent brain damage to the left and front part of her brain. My mother is a strong woman and in my heart I want to believe she will come through this and be able to open her eyes again and see her grandchildren, the thought of losing my mom is unbearable. The last 2 days have seemed like a year. From doctors, therapist and social workers I'm not sure if I'm coming or going. I'm having to plan for her to have the continuous care that she will need for the rest of her life which includes expenses for rehabilitation and therapy, which is so very important for her to continue having a happy life and make many more memories with not only me but her grandkids as well. But I also am having to worry about if she doesn't pull through I will have to pay for a funeral, she has no insurance or life insurance, I'm desperate for help but have no one to ask so I'm turning to strangers in Hope's someone is able to help. If so, thank you in advance. This is sad for me and worse for my children.
My family lives approx 400 miles round trip from the hospital she is in but I can not leave my mother alone. I can't imagine my mother waking up and me not being there to tell her I love her. We are the only family she has left. I dont ask people for money because of my pride but I became disabled a few years back and I am living on a fixed income with 2 children. Please help us to be able to be there with my mom. Between gas driving to and from, food and hotel expenses I just can not afford it all. Her recovery process is going to be a long and hard plus expensive if she does recover. Doctors estimate she will be in hospital for atleast 30-60 days. Once she is out of the hospital she will need around the clock care. We will have to move to a home accommodating the needs my mother will then have and to make room for all of us. Doctors say she can never live alone again so I will be taking care of my mom since a nursing home is the only alternative and I want my kids to have all the time they can with my mother. Please help my family be able to be there for my mother. Any donation counts no matter how small, anything you can spare is appreciated more than words could express. I thank you all and please remember to cherish life and family. Never take it for granted. God Bless you all. I know some of you can not donate but please share with you friends or on your social media, see if you can help get others to donate. God Bless and remember doing good deeds for the ones in true need like my family is always rewarded in one way or another! Please keep my family in your prayer and donate if you can. I will keep everyone updated.