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May 10, 2020
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. On May 31, Maggie landed in Peru. She had decided to go visit her in laws for a month. After the plane landed she went to get off the airplane by the ladder stairs and she fell and hit her head. I do not have much information but she did not know where she was. She was rushed to a local hospital where she spent about a week and a half. We knew something was still wrong. We were able to get her into another doctor who did an MRI and found a large blood clot. Emergency Surgery was done. She was in ICU on a ventilator for a few weeks. She is awake and no longer on a ventilator. She had a tracheotomy which they used to wean her off the vent. She is no longer in ICU, but she does have the trach still in, so she cannot talk. Prior to surgery she had difficulty with time and short term memory, as well as she lost some ability to use her right hand and when talking she would not always say the correct words. Today, she cannot talk due to the trach, which will be left in for a few more weeks. She has a large amount of brain swelling. We are not sure what she understands. When talking to her via face time we have seen some smiles, which gives us hope. She has not been able to answer yes/no questions yet. We do know that there is brain damage and that she will need rehab, but we do not understand the extent of the damage. She has limited abilities with her right hand. The doctor says that as the swelling goes down, some things will get better. This is going to be a very slow recovery. She will need one if not two more surgeries before she will be able to come home. Her husband's family, now hers, has been amazing in getting her care and being by her side every day. We pray every day for her recovery and safe return home.