Welcome. Here you’ll find background on Patrick’s condition, updates on his progress, and ways to support Elena and the family – Josiah, 14, Samuel, 12 and Eliana, 8. Many people have expressed a desire to support the family in practical ways or financially. Please see the update, below.
Please note: "Tributes" and other donations given through Caring Bridge are not given to the Franklins; rather, they go to fund the Caring Bridge site.
Many people are wondering how they can help the Franklin family financially.
Over the weeks since Patrick's heart attack, a group of five mutual friends of Patrick and Elena have met, with Elena’s blessing, to talk about the practical concerns the Franklins are facing, to provide counsel to Elena when needed, and to discern how the broader community can best support them.
Do the Franklins need financial support? The short answer is yes. Patrick and Elena have followed their vocations into ministry work, and throughout the years of their working life, have lived modestly on limited incomes.
Ways to donate: · Through e-transfer or PayPal to email@example.com (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) (note the ‘t’)
Gifts through either of these approaches can be made at any time. Please note that funds donated are not tax-receiptable.
Thank you for your ongoing care for Franklins and for considering a financial gift.
Doreen Harvey, Marla Konrad, Ruth Malinowski, David Peck, Jonathan Wilson
We encourage you to read through these journals. You may want to begin with “oldest first”. On Sunday evening, July 28, Patrick suffered a massive coronary event and cardiac arrest.
He had begun to feel unwell while playing baseball and, as a result, was already en route to the hospital where the heart attack and cardiac arrest occurred. Nurses and doctors were able to act quickly to shock his heart and save his life. His LAD artery was 100% blocked. Two stents were put in.
Since July 28, Patrick has experienced infections and complications too numerous to mention. For weeks, he was kept in a chemically induced coma as doctors fought to save his life, repeatedly. This was then followed with a few weeks of critical condition, then a period of increasing stability. He was then released to rehab where he spent five days learning to stand and walk before being returned to the primary care hospital in an emergency. He spent another two weeks in isolation healing from a serious and potentially fatal infection. He is now home, and is regaining strength and health.
Please continue to pray for Patrick’s complete recovery in mind and body, and for strength for Elena as she navigates this difficult time, all the while parenting and caring for their children. Pray for peace and support for the children as they process their dad’s illness and the trauma of this past year.