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Lee Brubaker Updates
Oct 6, 2017 Latest post:
Mar 9, 2019
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
Lee was hit by a car while on a motorcycle ride on Sunday afternoon, October 1st 2017. He was transported via ambulance to Reading Hospital Trauma Unit. He was moved from the trauma unit to ICU on Sunday evening October 1st 2017. The initial injuries included a broken femur on his left leg, 2 broken ribs, a collapsed lung, along with unknown spinal injuries and other bruising and internal bleeding which caused low blood pressure. He was placed on a ventilator assist his breathing.
As Lee was stabilized by the medical staff, he was able to undergo an MRI on Monday, October 2nd 2017. The MRI revealed spinal cord damage between the T7 and T8. The spinal column was 'stretched' from the impact causing the damage to the spinal chord.
Tuesday, October 3rd, Lee's blood pressure was stable enough to allow the surgery for the repair of his femur. A ICV was also inserted to avoid blood clots to his heart.
Wednesday, October 4th consisted mostly of resting and weaning Lee off the ventilator. He was able to respond to commands from the medical staff and family by opening his eyes and squeezing hands.
Thursday, October 5th another day of resting. Lee's breathing is better than doctors were expecting. Praise the Lord! However a minor setback is that he has developed pneumonia, which is common for people on a ventilator.
Hopes for tomorrow: Ventilator removal, lowering meds to allow him to communicate and understand the severity of the injuries.
The doctors and medical staff at Reading have done a tremendous job in caring for Lee. The number of family, friends and co-workers who have reached out to all of us has been an incredible blessing. It's hard to express how thankful and loved we feel! Bonnie, Chad & Missy and the Monty Boys, Eric