Baher Malek was admitted to the hospital Tuesday, April 22, 2014, after having unexplained seizures. He had been experiencing flu-like symptoms for a few days, and the doctors expected to arrive at a diagnosis of meningitis or viral encephalitis, but no diagnostic cause was ever determined after exhaustive tests at several institutions, including many lumbar punctures, and a brain biopsy. Diagnosis remains as best hypothesis: post infectious autoimmune encephalitis, possibly with parvovirus trigger. After 6 weeks in a coma due to continuous status epilepticus, during which time he sustained a brain hemorrhage, on the backbone of God's grace using diligent doctors and a profound movement of prayer, Baher began to awake, breathe off the ventilator, and begin a long journey of a savaged brain coming back to life. After months of hospitalizations, Baher still suffers from medically refractory seizures, complicated by severe short-term and long term memory loss due to great damage to his hippocampus and temporal lobes. His rehabilitation and healing remains a very dependent journey in God's good hands.
Baher and his lovely wife, Bess, have four adorable children: Clara, Benjamin, Zachary, and Theodore.
To minister to the family by helping out with meals, visits, cleaning, etc., please join Malek's Helping Hands (https://www.lotsahelpinghands.com/c/720614/login/reset/bf8f0bd6eeb58c4af928a1fd5463ab06/
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Thank you to everyone who has given to the family financially through several fund-raising efforts to help cover medical and other expenses. Your generosity has been overwhelming, and the family is extremely grateful.