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Brian’s Story

This is the story of Brian's car accident on 10.9.12. Thank you for praying for him and the family, and please don't stop!

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Brian crashed on his way to school around 9:45 AM on Tuesday morning, October 9, and was found barely alive and seriously injured an hour and 45 minutes later. He was less than 2 miles from his house on a dirt road in Hastings, where he had lost control on the gravel and collided with a large tree, impacting directly on the driver's side door. He was wearing his seat belt and was not texting or talking on his phone.

Rescue personnel arrived at 11:30 and performed a very difficult and lengthy extraction, and they had to cut the roof completely off the Nissan Sentra to get him out. He was airlifted from our church parking lot (St Elizabeth Ann Seton) to Regions Hospital in St Paul. His mother Tina was the first to get the news when three police cruisers showed up at our home around 12:30 PM and told her every parent's worst nightmare: "Brian has been in a serious car accident. He hit a tree and is being airlifted to Regions Hospital in St Paul right now. That's all we know. You need to come to the hospital."  A Hastings officer drover her to the hospital and on the way she called her husband, Dennis, and their oldest son, Phil, who were at a business meeting together in Minneapolis.  

We arrived as Brian was receiving initial CT scans. Within 2 hours he was moved to the Gillette Children's PICU (pediatric intensive care unit).

His injuries:

Multiple fractures in the face and skull
Severe brain trauma (GCS 5)
Deep lacerations and contusions on left arm
Bruised/bleeding lower left lung
Minor damage to his spleen

Brian has no other broken bones. A piece of glass punctured the left side of his neck and cut his carotid sheath but not his artery. His vital signs were very low. The paramedics and rescue team must have had a pit in their stomach when they first saw Brian and must be very proud that they got him out alive.

Brian is in a coma attached to a respirator. We are watching for brain swelling, and we are praying and hopeful. He is young, bright and full of life - God's plan for him hasn't been fulfilled yet!

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Latest Journal Update

HHS Senior Update

Isn't it funny how we skate along when things are going well?  We forget the little things.  We sometimes slip into a state of unawareness.  Brian was supposed to return to the neurologist last month and I forgot to make the appointment in a timely fashion.  You might say, "he's doing so well" and "he's come a long way" and you would be completely accurate.  

Brian was recently invited to attend the University of Minnesota for school this fall and he is in the process of preparing for admission requirements, applying for scholarships, and he is excited for the transition to adulthood.  Last year at this time, I would never have imagined he would progress to this rite of passage so apparently seamlessly.

Honestly, I am proud of his progress and his efforts.  He continues to work part time at the YMCA and has been successful with PSEO classes at Inver Hills Community College, so far.  His success will largely depend on his personal efforts and I think I speak for all of us adults when I say this is a work in progress for everyone.  Since his is uncertain about selecting a career path, I pray for discernment in choosing a vocation - for Brian, and for all HHS Seniors.

At school he is sampling the C-Print (a voice to print) program and continues to use a microphone for his audiological challenges.  His ears are not going to improve at this point and he needs only to see the audiologist annually now.  

Brian's eyes are still healing, past the one year mark.  He still requires prism lenses but the prescription continues to change and improve.  Isn't this amazing!?  

I believe it's time to close out this page in history and on caringbridge, which has been a therapeutic journaling experience, as our prayers are being answered.  God knows our silent ongoing prayers and our needs.  We just have to ask....

Brian is soon to be 18 on June 23rd.  He would like to have an open house graduation party on June 22nd, 1-4pm.  Anyone who has been reading along and cheering us along are welcome to attend Brian's graduation party and celebration of life.  We have come to cherish the support of friends, family, and community.