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May 13, 2021
My mom, Alice Briddle, suffered a massive stroke in the late afternoon on April 23. Fortunately, I was on the phone with her, most likely as it began, and noticed her slurring significantly. I asked her to sit down and rest and got off of the phone. I contacted her dear friends and neighbors to check on her. When they arrived, she was on the floor and only partially responsive. They called 911 and Mom was immediately transported to Redlands Community Hospital for emergency surgery. The neurosurgeons performed life-saving procedures to relieve both a subdural hematoma and a significant internal brain bleed, which were causing pressure and damage throughout her left lobe. The surgical procedure saved her life but left her unresponsive and in a coma in the ICU.
As this is the dominant side of her brain, the neurological impact is significant and has affected her ability to speak and she is unable to move the right side of her body. Since the surgery late Friday night, she has been unresponsive in the ICU and remains in a coma as her body tries to heal.
We remain optimistic that there will be some indication or chance for recovery but the prognosis is bleak. Due to Covid protocols, she's unable to have any visitors in the hospital. As a result, I'm managing her care remotely from DC until we have a better idea about the potential course for recovery, and I’ll head out to California when I can be truly effective.
For those who know her personally, you’ve seen that my mom is a vibrant, energetic fighter and never backs down from a challenge. When she broke her hip a few years back, she Was bound and determined not to use a cane or a walker and made a successful recovery of her full mobility...amazing accomplishment by an amazing woman. I'm hoping for a miracle or two that she has inside of her to bring her back to us.
Please keep her in your thoughts, and send prayers and positive vibes. Keep a light on.