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Joe Schmitz was taken in for unexpected surgery for a bulging disc in his neck on Thursday, March, 20, 2014.  After a successful surgery fusing two of his vertebrae he was released from the hospital on Friday around noon.  He returned home with his family but developed complications when an artery ruptured in his neck pressing against his airway.   As his wife, Stacy, drove him to the hospital an ambulance was requested and they met the ambulance in Cold Spring for an intercept to pick up Joe.  After he got into the ambulance he deteriorated rapidly and the ambulance crew was forced to take life saving measures including performing CPR and opening an emergency tracheotomy.  Joe arrived at the St. Cloud Hospital under Code Blue conditions.  It is believed that Joe was without oxygen for a significant amount of time.  He was rushed into surgery to repair the ruptured artery and close up the emergency tracheotomy which was replaced with a smaller placed tracheotomy to assist him in breathing.  The artery was repaired without incident however the amount  of time that Joe was without oxygen has become the largest hurdle to overcome.  Joe  is currently being sedated to attempt to allow his brain to heal.  He is breathing with the assistance of the tracheotomy and a ventilator.


Stacy Schmitz posted a new journal entry, "Tuesday, April 22, 2014".

Everyone is invited to St. Boniface Church in Cold Spring, MN on Sunday, April 27, 2014. St. Boniface is hosting a mass in honor of Tommy Decker and Joe at 10:30am. All ... Read more

Michelle (Gerding) Schmitz signed Joe's Guestbook.

How precious of a gift you have given Andrew; the joy to be able to share some amazing moments. Siena has been talking a lot about Andrew lately and we were in Sartell the ... Read more

Stacy Schmitz posted a new journal entry, "Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014 9pm".

We have made it home from our Florida Adventure! We enjoyed the opportunity to explore Florida, the beach, the Tampa Zoo, and a Pirate Ship cruise. I asked Andrew ... Read more

Jackie Osterhaus signed Joe's Guestbook.

You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.   Praying for your Peace, Happiness and a simply AMAZING trip to Florida with your precious little man!   You can do ... Read more

Beth Curren and Family signed Joe's Guestbook.

Loved your post...Through all of them, even though I've never met you or your husband, I have a window to the beautiful lives you shared together.  Your love for one ... Read more

Stacy Schmitz posted a new journal entry, "Friday, April 11, 2014 at 6am".

All cuddled up in what has become my favorite time of the day; sun rising, warm and cozy, quiet. Used to be I would have already been up for at least several hours by 6am; ... Read more

Jeanne Rodel signed Joe's Guestbook.

Dear Stacy, I ocean am very glad you are taking this trip. I am sure it is what Joe would want you to do. You will find the ocean to be very glad relaxing. Absorb it in ... Read more

Karelle Steinhofer signed Joe's Guestbook.

Stacey, you are a strong woman. So glad to hear you and Andrew will see the ocean. Joe will be looking down on you two and he will help you with your Florida trip and will ... Read more

Stacy Schmitz posted a new journal entry, "Sunday, April 6, 2014".

Finally a beautiful sunshine day!  My spirits are lifted with the warmth of the sunshine on my cheeks.  Never mind the hours of fun and play Andrew had outside all day. ... Read more

Trish, Carson and Mallory McDonald signed Joe's Guestbook.

Dear Stacy,My heart aches for the sorrow of my cousin Joe's abrupt departure from this life and the many people who loved or knew him. God blessed him with you; your ... Read more

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