On April 18, 2017 Greg had an accident at work that involved falling off a ladder onto concrete. At first Greg complained about his shoulder hurting. Approximately and hour later he mentioned to his brother Dave (who was working with him) that his head hurt. Once Dave saw his head he immediately took Greg to the ER. Praise God for Dave being there to help his brother.
In the ER Greg had a seizure. A CT scan was performed at Riverview that did show bleeding, bruising, and swelling on his brain. There was significant trauma to his frontal lobe due to the way he fell. It was determined that he needed to be transferred to St. Vincent Hospital because their Neurological team could handle Greg's acute trauma condition.
I will try to just summarize the events a little because so much transpired. When he arrived at St. Vincent's he was given a CT scan again. At this point the blood clot was approximately the size of a quarter. He was somewhat stabilized but never conscious when we were with him. He did lift up and hug me. He did acknowledge others being there but only by way of squeezing hands.
They transferred him up to Trauma ICU and at that point Greg had multiple seizures. The surgeon then came and talked to me at told he was going to have to perform a craniotomy because the blood clot had grown to larger than a softball. He said he didn't know whether he could save him or not and that it was really bad. Praise God he made it through the 2 1/2 hour surgery.
The first 72 hours are the most critical. They have kept Greg in a medically induced coma. They plan to start lowering the sedation tomorrow.
There was a fair amount of his brain that was damaged/removed during surgery due to the large blood clot that was pushing against the brain. They explained to us that the brain is like a box with limited space. When you have a blood clot it pushes against the brain and since the brain has no where to go it basically destroys that portion of the brain.
We have no idea what his condition will be when he awakes. The frontal lobe has to do with behavior, motor skills, etc. It is just a waiting game at this point. This site will be updated as we know things so that we make sure everyone knows how he is doing. Greg has so many friends and loved ones and his family wants to make sure everyone is kept in the loop on how he is doing.
Right now we ask for PRAYERS!!! All of you know what a special person Greg is. How gifted he is and especially how big of a heart he has. Greg has never met a stranger and would do anything for anybody. Please pray and lift Greg up!!!