My name is Bob and I have created this gogetfunding
to support my little sister, Colleen, and her family in their time of need.
On Monday, June 10’th Colleen woke up with an extreme headache that would not go away. She had a neighbor drive her to the hospital where a CT scan came back normal. While still at the hospital, Colleen, a healthy 25 year-old, began showing signs of a stroke. At 11pm that night, Colleen underwent brain surgery where doctors found an Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM). She was likely born with this malformation unbeknownst to us and extreme stress may have caused it to rupture. Doctors were able to remove it and stop the bleeding. The left bone flap of her skull was removed to allow for swelling, it will not be put back until 6 weeks after her initial surgery.
Currently, Colleen is sedated and on a ventilator. We are
told brain swelling will continue to increase for 72 hours following surgery,
level out for 96 hours then begin to decline. Doctors test her motor function
every 6 hours. So far the right side of her body has not responded, this may be
because her surgery was so recent. She does, however, recognize her mom and
husband when sedation is lifted, and for this we are grateful. The road to
recovery will be long. She is facing one more major surgery, weeks in the
hospital, and months of physical therapy. The results of the AVM will likely be
Colleen gave birth to a beautiful baby girl on May 11’th. She
has an amazing 4-year-old who is loving being a big brother. Her husband,
Vince, was scheduled to deploy with the Army Thursday, June 13’th. He has been
granted leave in light of recent events. Colleen is a cosmetologist, and a damn
good one at that, who has been on maternity leave since mid-April due to
complications with her pregnancy. She was looking forward to returning to work
in the next couple of weeks as she does not receive paid maternity leave, or
paid time off. This growing family cannot survive on a single income. I am
collecting funds to assist with medical bills, of which there will be many, but
also to keep her kids living life as close to normal as possible. We don’t want
Vince to worry about everyday expenses such as rent, utilities and groceries or
larger expenses like child care while he is at the hospital with Colleen. Help
me to help my sister and her growing family. Thank you for your consideration.