Jace Grende

First post: Jun 11, 2022 Latest post: Mar 2, 2023
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On Monday May 30th, 2022 at 8:45 pm, our 9 year old son Jace complained of a terrible headache. We went to the kitchen to get some Tylenol and he threw his cup in the garbage. When asked why, he acted like he didn’t know what we were talking about. We thought he might be slightly dehydrated after a weekend of camping. I sat him down, gave him some water, and he couldn’t see the cup. I then handed it to him and he drank it, tried to stand up and collapsed on the ground. My husband picked him up and sat him in the chair. We started asking him questions and his speech came out all garbled. At that point, we knew it was more than just dehydration. We called 911 and Jace was taken to St. Mary’s in Walla Walla. They did a CT scan and found a significant bleed in his brain with a midline shift. Jace was life flighted to Harbor View Hospital, Seattle. They did a repeat CT scan and the swelling had increased. They performed a craniotomy to relieve the pressure in his brain. They left the bone flap out so his brain could swell and have room. This surgery saved his life. Without it, he would have died. If we had put him to bed at his normal bedtime, he wouldn’t have woken up. Jace had no signs or symptoms leading up to this. He was perfectly fine and healthy. They will be getting an angiogram/MRI to try and determine the cause and course of action. Either way, he will need weeks of inpatient therapy and have to wear a helmet to protect his head. He will have the bone piece put back in a few weeks.

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