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Yuriy’s Story

Cpl Yuriy Zmysly, US Marine Retired, suffered an anoxic brain injury after a "routine" appendectomy on his base in 2006. He served two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2004 and 2005. Keep reading and keep praying..

After an appendix surgery on Jan. 9th 2006, at Cherry Point Naval Hospital, NC. Yuriy's breathing tube was pulled out too quickly by a nurse anesthetist in training which caused a laryngeal spasm in this throat, we now know it was negligence, due to the ferris doctrine the doctors, nurses or hospital hasn't gotten in trouble for any of this. They had to do a emergency trach and then he was put on a vent. He was transferred to ICU. Then he got pneumonia and then was taken off of the vent, had a peg tube(feeding tube) inserted into his stomach and a regular trach placed. While in ICU he suffered from SVT which means his heart went over 300, which is a stroke. He laid in a coma for 2 1/2 months. After doctors said he would not wake up, he did slowly. The first sign of him waking up was flinching when the lights turned on.

When he woke up, there was not a whole lot he could do, talk, walk, eat, drink, sit up it was hard. He went to Rehab Institute of Chicago where he received intense physical therapy, speech and occupational therapy. He made a ton of progress there. Then went to Hines VA where he received outpatient therapy with therapists that are very dedicated to him. After that he went to RIC day rehab and outpatient rehab in Willow Brook. He is also going to Next Steps of Chicago and is receiving intense physical therapy, which includes walking with assistance, going on the Lokomat and on the bike.

Please continue to pray for Yuriy's recovery and health.

Latest Journal Update

8th Alive Day

Wow, eight years!


I can't believe it has been that long since Yuriy was injured! What a journey it has been, with ups and downs. Some years it seemed like he could not catch a break. This was, fortunately not one of those years! 
Just in case you didn't hear, we had our babygirl! She was born three and half weeks early on October 19th weighing 6lbs 8ozand 19 inches long. Her name is Adelina and we love her more than life itself<3

There was a lot of adjustments and change this year, mainly good changes. Yuriy had to get used to other people helping himinstead of me.  He stayed in the hospital room with me while giving birth and not passing out! (He was close but he didn't lol)  I couldn't transfer him for about six weeks after having our baby, so his brother and my family helped so much. Not getting his beautysleep made him mad for a while in the beginning when we first brought her home.Now he has adjusted to it and actually stays calm! He is really transforming into the dad I know he could be, he gets concerned about her, never misses a doctor appointment with her, wants to hold her all the time, and just loves her more than anything. These things may seem little but to him they are very big! Because of his brain injury he likes routine, and babies don’t get routinesjust yet so the fact that he is handling it do well makes me very happy. 

He has accomplished so much, not just this year,the past eight! The odds were against him, yet, he still continued to fight.That is what I love most about him; he never gives up even when times get hard.I wish he could walk, run and talk the way he used to, but this is life and we take what we can get. He should be very proud of himself because I know I am.I pray that he continues to make progress and that he is blessed with good health and happiness. As well as everyone that helps him, his brother is his other caregiver, besides me, and he is doing a great job. Everyone at Next stepsChicago, those trainers are so dedicated and just amazing. 

There are so many people to thank, but my baby is finally sleeping so I must make this short.Thank you to everyone in our life! Thank you mom and dad for everything you do to help us, don’t know where we would be without you! We love you all! 


Here is his 8 year alive day video of some of the things we did this year! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9hhE_4M_dY

Love, 

Aimee Z.