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1/21/2017 Latest post:
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. If you would like to help support Anne, please visit www.gofundme.com - Anne Gallagher Recovery Fund.
On Thursday, January 19th, our dear sister Anne was enjoying her newfound love, ice skating. Anne fell at some point and was immediately rushed to West Suburban Hospital. Fortunately, the skating rink had emergency contact info for our cousin Eileen Gallagher McGinty (an extraordinary nurse and beloved friend of Anne's). Eileen was able to meet Anne at the hospital. Anne was transferred to University of Illinois Chicago where she is a Labor and Delivery nurse and is receiving excellent care.
Anne suffered a traumatic brain injury and has been under sedation, but the nurses wake her up every hour to monitor her status. On Thursday night, Anne was able to confirm she knew that she was 'Anne' and wiggle her toes, a very positive sign. The Staff did CT scans every few hours. On Friday morning, the doctors decided to operate to relieve the pressure and allow her brain to heal. The doctors were encouraged by the results, and we will be keeping vigil the next few days as they lessen the sedation and we monitor her response.
Anne has been in such a wonderful place lately, looking and feeling better than ever and full of goals and hopes for the future. She was in great shape going into this unfortunate accident and we have every confidence in her wonderful strength and determination to pull her through.
Please keep Anne in your thoughts and prayers and we promise to update the site regularly. We ask that only immediate family visit at this time as Anne is in Intensive Care and we need to keep the room peaceful and quiet. We will share your messages of love and words of support with her. Thank you so much for your understanding.