Matt Machut

First post: Nov 17, 2021 Latest post: Dec 14, 2021
On October 14, Matt went into St. Vincent hospital ER and was admitted to the ICU due to encephalopathy (swelling in his brain) and a brain hemorrhage. He had not been feeling well the week prior and sought medical care from both his primary physician and an ER visit however was only given a covid test and sent home. His condition began to deteriorate further including increased confusion which lead to his hospitalization and discovery of the the swelling and brain bleed. 

His doctors believe the swelling is due to meningitis, a virus that entered the spinal cord and travelled to the brain however they are unable to confirm with a lumbar puncture as it is too risky with the amount of swelling in his brain.

Matt was moved from the ICU to Intense Inpatient Rehab Unit which is where he remains today. The hemorrhage to his brain has caused damage and created a brain injury. The brain injury has impacted his memory, awareness to safety, and ability to plan, sequence, and execute daily activities.

Unfortunately, Matt is medically and cognitively unsafe to return home at this time and requires further occupational and speech therapy. We are awaiting placement into a specialized unit for individuals with brain injuries in order to continue specialized therapies. 

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