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Thomas Joseph’s Story

Welcome to Joseph's Caring Bridge site.We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most.

Thomas Joseph Stanton II was born and raised in Kingwood, Texas.  He is 20 years old and attended Foster Elementary, Riverwood Middle School and Kingwood Park High School.  He played almost every club sport in Kingwood but focused his high school career on football and swimming.  He played football at KPHS for 2 years and was looking forward to playing on varsity his junior year before his accident.  He began swimming year-round when he was only 4 years old and competed for Blue Tide Aquatics for 11 years and the last year before his accident for Eagle Swimming Association.  He helped lead KPHS to two consecutive state swimming championships. In 2010 he was the 2010 4A  100-yard Freestyle State Champion, state record-holder and anchor in 2 relays and earned All-American honors in numerous events.  Joseph also has 3 sisters, Madeleine (27), Audrea (23), and Gabrielle (18).

On June 3rd, 2010 the first day of summer break, Joseph suffered a severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) after falling off his skateboard just a few short blocks from his home in Kingwood.   He simply fell from his 6’1” stature to the ground and sustained a massive head injury because he was not wearing a helmet.  He was taken by ambulance to Memorial Herman Hospital where the doctors said there was simply nothing they could do for him as his entire brain was swollen.  At 4 AM on June 4th his priest came to the hospital, prayed over him, anointed him and within the hour a new doctor appeared at his bedside saying he was going to operate.  It just so happened that the doctor’s name was Dr. Shepard and the family believes that the LORD brought His Good Shepherd to save Joseph’s life.  The next 2 people to appear at Joseph’s bedside to care for him in his room were Moses and Emanuel (his first AND last name were Emanuel which means ‘God is with you”!!!).  Without a doubt, the LORD made sure all knew HE was the One who brought the miracle!

Dr. Shepard removed a very large portion of Joseph’s skull and placed him on a ventilator but Joseph was in a coma and very unstable for about 3 weeks spiking very high intracranial pressures causing more brain damage.  One intracranial pressure reached 85 causing a huge brain bleed and Joseph almost lost his battle.  He endured subsequent horrific “brain storms” which is somewhat similar to seizures but much, much more severe causing very high heart rates, blood pressures and temperatures.  Eventually, the pressures in Joseph’s brain began to stabilize and he started to wean from the ventilator.  After 6 weeks in the Neuro-Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Herman Memorial Hospital, Joseph was transferred to a long term acute care facility that specializes in neuro-rehab in The Woodlands, Nexus Specialty Hospital, where he stayed for just over four months.  Just before Christmas Joseph was then transported to The Institute of Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) in the Houston Medical Center. TIRR is known to be a place where God likes to show off…..to show man Who is sovereign……a place where the Great Physician is known to show His handiwork.  Joseph participated in the Minimally Responsive Program which only guarantees a 14 day stay unless progress is shown but Joseph being the incredibly competitive kid he is managed to qualify for almost 6 total months. He received expert physical, occupational and speech therapy tailored to a brain injured patient. They also taught his family how to care for him by themselves and he made the transition back home after being in 4 different hospitals for a solid year in June of 2011.  He has worked extremely hard for the past 3 years at home with the help of great physical, occupational and speech therapists in addition to his team of nurses, caregivers, and some amazing volunteer "therapy angels" trying to regain some independence. If you've followed Joseph's story from the beginning you've been privileged to witness many, many miracles of God. The Stanton family has great hope that one day the LORD will fully and completely restore Joseph and make him a mighty warrior for Christ for the rest of his life.  They give you many, many thanks for all your love, prayers and support over the past 4+ years.

Latest Journal Update

A Banner Day!!!

The skies opened early this morning and the Great Physician sent us a great miracle!!!

I just wanted to give you a very quick update because I couldn't stand going to bed without sharing our great news. After having lived in a suffering mode for several days joseph's cross was lifted today and he had a wonderful day complete with zero posturing, complete alertness, and I could read the joy all over his face. His heart rate dipped to 47 today but trended in the low 60s to low 70s the entire day. He was loose as a goose with zero posturing. The difference was that he was awake and alert with big eyes most of the day focusing together which they don't do very often. He looked like a million bucks sitting in his wheelchair.

Speaking of Joseph's wheelchair, back in mid November we had a fitting with a new wheelchair company and I had asked them to please get everything delivered before the end of the year due to our having met all of our deductibles for our insurance company for the year since we were completely paid up and owed nothing else which is the first time ever in our 31 years of marriage that has happened with Rob being self-employed. We had also requested a tilt table to help acclimate Joseph back to standing therapy. Well none of it came in before the end of the year but at least we have it now. It was a fantastic day having Joseph be so peaceful so happy without posturing and very alert. Then on top of that huge blessing was the fact that we saw hope walk thru the door with the tilt table and the prospect of getting Joseph back up standing hopefully soon. All of the parts of the wheelchair worked out fantastic too. We were doubly blessed with one of Humble ISD's physical therapists, that is a part of Joseph's homebound team, guide and direct the ordering process as well as the final fitting today. She does a fantastic job. We have never had anyone do such an amazing job at looking at every part of his body and making sure that we are meeting every one of his needs and his wheelchair. it was a very crazy afternoon as the wheelchair team arrived at 11:30 and I thought they would be gone by our 1 o'clock speech therapy however it Ranclaire over past 2 o'clock straight through speech therapy and the beginning of physical therapy. The awesome part was that everyone was so excited to see Joseph doing so well no one was frustrated that formal therapies were not getting accomplished. he just looked incredible.

Please do a praise dance with me and send lots of thanksgiving to the Great Physician for His mighty blessings upon Joseph Stanton today.

I'm hoping that I can post some pictures from his day today so check the photo album and see if they have appeared.

Blessings of abundance to all,


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kim tarlano
By kim tarlano
He looks great. Thanks to God, his parents and his wonderful team of caregivers.
Felix & Deidre Rachal
By Love always, Deidre and family
What a wonderful photo of Joseph. God is so good. Thrilled that you all had a great day and pray for many more.
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Dan Barber
By Dan and Beth Barber
Great news and love the photo of Joseph! Love and prayers from the Barbers
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Tom Moore
By Norine Moore
Joseph looks wonderful & I praise God for lifting the cross off of him! May your beloved son continue to have great days like that! PTL!!
Love & prayers,
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Robin Wagar
By Robin and Bob Wagar, Naples, Fl.
Joseph looks awesome and it is such an answer to prayer that the new wheel chair is working out well and that the tilt table came as well. We are so happy he is not posturing and is feeling better. All praise to our Lord for answered prayers.
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Janet Lopano
By Janet lopano
He looks awesome, Terri. This IS a banner day! Think of you often and pray for ya'll to keep up the strength and faith.
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Maria Whitehead
By Maria Whitehead
So relieved the SHOR could smile yesterday! God is good. Praises to our Heavenly Father and Lord!!! Amen!!!
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Theresa Duerringer
By Theresa Duerringer
Wow, the post and the accompanying pic made my morning! It also explains the beautiful sunrise this morning , the heavens are aglow in joy! God is good, His glory surround us. I pray this is a corner turned, a new direction in Joseph's recovery.
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Phyllis Baker
By Phyllis Baker
Praise God! ❤️
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