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Ian’s Story

Hi all,

This is Ian's Maja, Julie. 

Yesterday at 5:00 am, Shawnee and I received a call informing us that Ian was in the hospital w/ critical injuries.  When we arrived at Regions Hospital, we heard that Ian had been in a single car accident and had suffered many critical injuries.  The most critical injury was that Ian's liver was basically cut in half.  Ian was immediately rushed to surgery, where they tried to stop the bleeding in his liver.  They tried to patch his liver, but were unable to stop the  bleeding.  His stomach remains "cut" open and they have it packed w/ a saran wrap-type material. Ian has lost and recd a huge supply of this point well over 50 units of blood products.  Today, the liver is still bleeding, but has slowed down somewhat, which is promising.  Ian's other injuries include: a deep laceration on his head, extending from his forehead to the middle of his head; a broken arm; a deep laceration in his right leg; a fractured cervix in his neck; a collapsed lung and many cuts over his body. 

Ian had surgery on his leg yesterday, and the laceration was washed and stapled.  Ian has many staples in his head injury, but the brain scans appear negative (no indication of brain injury at this point).  Ian had a tube put in his chest yesterday to help w/ the collapsed lung and so far, that seems to be helping that issue.  The neuro-surgeon has determined that they will not operate on his neck injury but instead, will just keep the neck brace on.  Ian is scheduled to have surgery on his arm tomorrow morning, providing his vitals remain stable.  They will need to put metal plates and screws in his arm. 

The good news: Ian had a very high heart rate yesterday, but that has lowered; still high, but lower.  Ian's temperature remains slightly elevated, but at an OK level.  Yesterday, Ian was able to squeeze my hand and move his toes, but today he is so heavily sedated, he is non-responsive.  Ian's color is better today, and his face appears less swollen. 

The even better news: Ian, Shawnee and I have had so much support it is unbelievable.  At one point yesterday, we had well over 15 people at the hospital, even though most people cannot even visit him directly.  His good friends have been here constantly and even stood in line at 5:00 am this morning to buy Ian some Nike shoes he will love to have.  My friends and family have offered so much support, I cannot begin to explain how much it has meant to me.  I know that I (we) are not alone in our worry and concern over Ian.  That makes this impossible situation a little more managable for us.  I love all of you that have been here for us and I have told Ian of all the support he has had.  He cannot respond, but I believe he can hear me.  Ian has incredible friends and I am proud of him for having the good sense for choosing to have such great friends in his life.  Please continue to support him and I will continue to keep you posted.  Thank you everyone!!!  PS-Shawnee also has an awesome boyfriend and friends that have been here for us.  Thanks Ian's friends, Shawnee's friends, my friends, and all family.  I love you all!!!!!!!!!!!