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As many of you know, Gary had a heart attack (full cardiac arrest) on March 8th, 2018. He had a heart stent put in immediately after his heart attack and his heart is doing fine. However, the next day after his heart stent was put in he developed back pain, and his lower body went numb from the waist down. The cause of that numbness was an unforeseen blood clot that developed around his spinal nerves about mid back. Kind of like having a brain stroke on your spinal cord. He had emergency back surgery to remove the blood clot, however he suffered spinal nerve damage in the area around the clot that left him with paralysis from the waist down. Currently Gary is at the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Center (Abbott) working to get “back on his feet” and recover in general from his surgeries, but as of now Gary has not felt any improvement in regards to his paralyses. That’s not to say his nerves won’t heal over time, which is certainly the hope. But no one can say at this time if or how long the recovery could take, or how much of the paralysis will be permanent. For now, he is working through things one day at a time as directed by the doctors. As of now it is anticipated he will be at Courage Kenny for several weeks. Anybody who knows Gary, knows he is a chronic DIY person and he likes to fix things. He is now his own “fix-it” project! He is in good spirits and has a lot of family, friends and co-workers support!
Thank you Barry Childs (co-worker) for putting this summary together for our family! We remain positive and hopeful for a full recovery but know the road ahead is a long one. We've created a GoFundMe to raise money to help with the initial expenses for his recovery:https://www.gofundme.com/garyfreie
Prayers and thank you -- The Freie Family