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My Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We've created it to keep friends and family updated about Tighe. Get started by reading the introduction to our website, My Story.

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Tighe went into the hospital at about 10 PM on Saturday, October 24th after having severe stomach pain and a small seizure.  After waiting in the hospital for awhile with friends Tighe was taken back for surgery at about 2:30 AM.  During this time Chris and Cathy got on a plane headed straight for California.  The surgery lasted about four hours and during that time her spleen was removed and they found about a liter of blood in her stomach.  They could not find the root of the internal bleeding and so coming out of surgery she was continuing to have bleeding. 

Here is a little recap from one of dad's best friends and business partner, Ray Schulmeyer:

Tighe, who is a senior at Cal - Berkley had a seizure at school.  It appeared that she was stable and he was going to fly out to California to make sure everything checked out ok - she had never had a seizure before.  As it turned out, things were much worse than was originally thought.  From what I know at this point it appears that Tighe's suffered a ruptured spleen and possibly an aortic aneurysm.  She has gone through multiple surgeries in the past few days.  For a long time her blood refused to clot and she was exhausting the local blood supply.  At one point she went into cardiac arrest but they were able to bring her back.  She has suffered multiple organ failure and is on dialysis and a respirator.  Cathy and Chris flew out to California on the first flight Sunday morning.  They have pretty much been by her side since then.  At this point she appears to be doing slightly better.

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Peyton Hutchins posted a new journal entry.

Hi Team Tighe,I wanted to share this wonderful article that Ron Kroichick wrote in The San Francisco Chronicle today about Tighe's ordeal.  Among all of the chaos and ... Read more

Trish Thibeault signed Tighe's Guestbook.

To the Hutchins Family,  we are so late in sending our message out to you all, but we have been thinking of you and your incredible journey. We have been on our own ... Read more

Peyton Hutchins posted a new journal entry.

Hi Team Tighe,I wanted to share this wonderful article that Ron Kroichick wrote in The San Francisco Chronicle today about Tighe's ordeal.  Among all of the chaos and ... Read more

Peyton Hutchins posted a new journal entry.

Hi Team Tighe!Wow, it really has been a long time since I have written.  The first thing I noticed was caringbridge now has an iphone app - wish they would've had that a ... Read more

Peyton Hutchins posted a new journal entry.

Hi Team Tighe!   I’m sorry it has been so long since I wrote an update!  All of us here in the Hutchins family are doing VERY well!  Tighe continues to improve ... Read more

Peyton Hutchins posted a new journal entry.

Hi Team Tighe!I hope you all are well and if you're in Baltimore, enjoying the nice weather!  We are all doing well and happy to have Tighe hospital free since her last ... Read more

Peyton Hutchins posted a new journal entry.

Home from the Hospital!!!!  Thank the Lord!!!!!!  Thanks again for your prayers and encouragement.  Tighe is so happy to be home and we will go forward to get her ... Read more

Peyton Hutchins posted a new journal entry.

We've had another setback for Tighe.  She was scheduled at Hopkins today for an infusion of a medicine to help her calcium level go down as it was starting to rise again ... Read more

Peyton Hutchins posted a new journal entry.

Tighe is HOME!!  YAY!  Peyton and I had to keep her from climbing out the window at GBMC, so we are happy that she was released the conventional way--with hospital ... Read more

Peyton Hutchins posted a new journal entry.

Happy New Year Team Tighe!I hope everyone enjoyed bringing in the New Year with family and friends and toasting to a new decade!  I wish I could say that the New Year is ... Read more

Peyton Hutchins posted a new journal entry.

Greetings from the beach!Our family is currently in Bethany Beach for the week with the whole Hutchins family, it is a lot of fun!  We had a wonderful Christmas and were ... Read more

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