Brendan was rushed to Boston Medical Center on Tuesday, February 7th after sustaining serious head injuries due to a fall. Brendan fell on his way up the back staircase after arriving home from the Patriots' Parade. Thankfully, our dad Al was home at the time, and quickly called 911. After some initial exams, the trauma team was unsure of their ability to save Brendan as his injuries were very severe, but they saw an emergency craniectomy as their one shot. Brendan was rushed into an emergency craniectomy that truly saved his life. The incredible team of trauma and neuro surgeons at BMC worked on Brendan for a number of hours. They said the surgery went well, but we wouldn't know what the future would hold for Brendan. Brain injuries can affect different people in many different ways, and we were told we would have to wait and see.
Brendan was moved to the Surgical ICU at Boston Medical Center on Tuesday evening, where he will stay for the next 5-7 days. He has shown incredible strength and determination since arriving on the ICU. With the support of his fantastic nurses and doctors (Beth, Ben and Kristen, to name a few who have been so kind and compassionate), Brendan has made incredible progress, defying the seemingly insurmountable odds that were stacked against him when he arrived at BMC last night. We were initially told he may be on the ventilator for 5-7 days, but because of his ability to respond to basic commands and open his eyes, the team worked tirelessly on Wednesday to help ween him off of the ventilator. Brendan is now breathing on his own, has continued to respond to basic commands such as thumbs up, and has been able to say a few words. Hearing the sound of his voice has given us so much hope.
While the next few days will be critical, we are incredibly hopeful and optimistic as we continue to watch these small improvements by the hour. Your prayers, thoughts, and overall outpouring of love and support has made all of the difference the last 24 hours. Because of your prayers and positive thoughts, Brendan is getting stronger by the minute. We are so grateful for the strides he has made, and ask for your continued prayers and support over the coming days.
As you can imagine, it has been quite hard to stay in touch with all of our loved ones so we are hopeful this site will help us share updates with all of you along the way. Also, we would love for you to leave a message here for Brendan so we can share them with him - We know your thoughts and prayers will help tremendously.
With love and gratitude,
The Gavaghan Family
*Please note: The donation request box on this page (and on the Caring Bridge site in general) is a donation to the Caring Bridge organization. These are not donations to Brendan, nor are we currently seeking donations. Your support and prayers are all we ask. Thank you.