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8/21/2016 Latest post:
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.
As most of you know, Matt is a soldier in the US Army currently stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. He completed his Basic Training at Fort Benning in January with Cav Scout Troop 5/15 2nd Platoon. If you have ever met Matt you also know he is an avid Green Bay Packer fan!
On the evening of Friday, August 12, 2016, Matt was a passenger in a vehicle that left base to watch the preseason Packer game on TV with a friend. On the way they were in a car accident.
Matt was taken by ambulance to University Medical Center El Paso where it was discovered that Matt had many bruises, lacerations, a fractured skull, and a brain bleed. A large laceration to the upper left back side of his head was closed with approximately 11 stitches and 4 staples. A neurosurgery team was called to determine if Matt needed surgery. They determined that he did not need surgery, but Matt was intubated, put on a ventilator, and placed into a medically induced coma to help his brain heal.
On Monday, August 15, 2016, Matt was taken off the ventilator. He continued to receive oxygen via his nose for 2 more days, but has been breathing on his own. He was able to talk although hoarse from the tube. He began eating some and walking with assistance the following day. Each day Matt is improving. No more narcotics as of Wednesday!
He is now feeding himself, has regained his normal voice, can walk, shower, and bathroom independently. Physically he has healed remarkably well and fast! Minimal pain with the exception of an occasional headache. Neurological issues continue to linger, however.
Yesterday, on Friday, August 19, Matt was moved to Sierra Providence Rehabilitation Center for neurological rehab. The neurological issues are manifested in several ways. He will be receiving various daily therapies.
Doctors are hopeful that Matt will regain all of his skills. As with any brain injury it is unknown how long recovery will take.
We ask that everyone think good thoughts and pray for a full and speedy recovery for Matt. We also ask that you respect Matt's and his family's wishes and assist in his recovery by emailing private messages or adding support messages to this site instead of attempting to contact Matt directly.