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On Monday, March 19th, Mak went unconscious while at weight training class at school. His friends and the Lacrosse trainer immediately called 911 and he was rushed to Kennestone Hospital where scans indicated there was bleeding on his brain. Emergency surgery was performed to relieve the pressure on his brain and Mak remained stable. It has been determined that Mak has a brain AVM, ( arteriovenous malformation.) You can read more about an AVM here: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/brain-avm/symptoms-causes/syc-20350260
Mak will need another surgery at some point to remove the AVM and he will need extensive rehab due to the brain injury to his left frontal lobe.
Mak was immediately intubated to assist with his breathing. He was also not awake and not expected to emerge from this "coma like" state right away.
On April 9th, Mak was considered medically stable and admitted to the Shepherd Center ICU because he was still on the ventilator. Within an hour of being there, Shepherd had him off the ventilator and he was able to breathe on his own! Hallelujah! Mak was moved out of ICU on April 11th to regular room in the Acquired Brain Injury Unit. On April 20th, Mak was determined to have emerged from his "coma like" state. Praise God!
As of today, April 30th, the long term effects from the trauma remain to be seen. Mak is on a feeding tube, and is starting to have some movement in his extremities. He can wiggle his toes, stretch his fingers and give a thumbs up. He is also fully aware of what is going on and recognizes us! He frequently smiles at his friends and grins at jokes. He totally gets funny situations and he grins when we tease him. His biggest challenge right now is to learn to swallow again so that the trach and the feeding tube can be removed. He is also not able to talk due to the trach. He is also challenged with painful muscle spasms that his medical team are trying to figure out how to rid him of or manage them. He is confined to his bed and a wheelchair, but in his therapies, they are teaching him how to move his limbs again. He remains positive and courageous and for that we are so thankful.