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Before we begin Stephen's story, our desire is to point everyone to the One who Stephen loves most in his life aside from his family and that is his Savior, Jesus Christ. Our prayer is that through this unexpected event that we can share how in spite of what seemed like the impossible God has already exceeded what is possible. We are trusting God to take us through this trial. Hunter and I (Tammy) are grateful for the outpouring of love that has been shown to us from our family, friends, church family, and community. We thank God for you and pray that you will be touched as you follow Stephen's journey.
Please continue to pray with us for Stephen's complete healing and for God to receive all the honor and praise.
On Thursday, January 12th, 2017, Stephen was found unconscious in our bathroom. Stephen was transported to Wake Medical Critical Care and diagnosed with a very large brain aneurysm. It was very shocking and seemed to come out of no where, another reminder that life is precious and we do not know what tomorrow holds. The head CT scan indicated a "very large" brain aneurysm on the left side of his brain. The doctor presented an extremely serious situation with the size of the aneurysm, and possible damage to the brain. He could not tell us if Stephen would survive the night or much less what the outcome would be the in the next 24 hours, things were very grim according to the doctors report. Throughout the night multiple test, and CAT scans were done. If you have ever been in an emergency department or had a family member there you know that it is extremely intense, lots of medical personnel in and out taking vitals, testing, discussing with the medical team and then we wait.
The doctor painted a very serious situation with Stephen, explaining that he had a very large brain aneurysm on the left side of his brain which affects the right side of the body. He indicated that he had suffered a stroke with possible deficits to the right side of his body. At this point the plan was for the surgeon to do a procedure to shut down the aneurysm. This surgery was performed and the surgeon was pleased with the outcome of the surgery as he was able to stop blood flow to the aneurysm. The medical term for this procedure is coiling, lots of information on the internet about this procedure. This is a critical stage in the treatment plan for Stephen.
This is going to be a long journey for our family and it has been amazing to watch how God has directed us in so many ways. The excellent medical care that has been provided through the entire medical team has been nothing short of a miracle. Please continue to check by our site and view the updates, we know that our great Physician has exceeded our expectations. Thank you for your love, prayers and support to Stephen and our family. Psalm 46:1 "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear."