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On Wednesday, January 19, Katie was taking pictures of the sky ( her passion!) with unusual cloud formations our on our front steps, when she lost her balance and fell down the steps. She was having a seizure when I found her. She was taken by ambulance to VCU Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, the best trauma center in the area, where they determined that she had a left cranial bleed, contusions on the front of her brain, a skull fracture behind her right ear and a contusion on the back of her scalp. She went right into surgery to remove the blood clot in her brain. By God's grace she didn't receive any other bodily injuries and is able to move all extremities.
The first day after surgery, Katie responded perfectly to all the neurological tests and told each of us (Joe and me) that she loved us. I asked her if she remembered falling down the steps and she said she did.
On the second day after Katie's surgery, she stopped responding, and they put her into an induced coma by reducing her body temperature, put her in a paralytic state and heavily sedated her. Her brain started to swell and they had to do a ventriloscopy, which is where they insert a pump between the ventricles in her brain which did two things: measured the innercranial pressure and relieve the pressure by draining the spinal fluid off of her brain into a container.
Katie remained in the coma state for 22 days. As soon as they could, they did an MRI on her head and found that she had had several strokes.
Kate remained in MCV until July 13, when she was moved to HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Petersburg, Virginia. We were so thrilled that she was able to go there and were amazed at what they were able to accomplish in therapy.
On February 16, Katie was admitted to MCV Hospital again to received a Baclofen Pump (implant). Following surgery, we welcomed Katie home after 399 days, on Feburary 22, 2012. We are thrilled to have her home with us and she is doing very well. We continue to try our very best to take it one day at a time. God is in control.
We celebrated Katie's 30th birthday on Tuesday, April 15. It was a wonderful day with visits from special friends and she was showered with birthday cards, which are all hanging on the wall in her room. God blessed us with a beautiful girl, with a kind spirit, a beautiful smile, and one who loves children and the elderly. She always loved taking care of the elderly patients at Virginia Women's Center and she loved spending time with her friend's children and taking pictures of them. Anywhere there were children, Katie would be in the middle of them. She would befriend those who would sit on the sidelines and invite them to sit with her at lunch. I know, without a doubt, that she holds Jesus' love within her heart and would share it if she was able to.
As an update, the fundraiser has raised over $25,000!!! We want to thank everyone who participated, prayed, and encouraged us with their words. God is so good! His love has been shared through so many people!
We signed the contract for Katie's "suite" this week. The first delivery was made today - lumber which was donated! It is so exciting that we are finally moving forward with construction. Katie will have a new room of her own and bathroom before we know it.
Katie has not shown much change since the last posting. We stopped another medication just last night, and hope to be able to reduce the Baclofen once again. The next appointment is for Botox injections on May 9.
We will post updates as we can on the construction.
We wish you a joyful Easter as we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ!