Nick had been suffering, for about 2 weeks, from what was thought to be a spring sinus infection. On March 31st, Nick had complained of a significant “migraine” headache. His symptoms worsened throughout the day. Later that evening, Nick presented with classic stroke signs and was rushed by ambulance to Genesys Medical Center. Upon his arrival, doctors performed an emergency craniotomy to relieve considerable intercranial pressure. The neurosurgeon’s diagnosis was grim. Nick had suffered a hemorrhagic stroke, with an 11 mm shift of the brain across the tentorium cerebelli causing life threatening changes to his brain stem. The medical staff at Genesys worked feverishly through the night to help Nick survive. Nick continued his fight on Easter Sunday. Family, friends, co-workers, acquaintances, and strangers from around the country prayed for healing. However, by evening, Nick still showed no signs of neurological improvement. With heavy hearts, the medical team told Kim there was nothing else medically that could be done. Kim and her family were told they would need to decide when they would like to terminate medical care. With much prayer and thoughts of what Nick would want, Kim had decided, when out of town family arrivedon Monday, they would remove Nick from life sustaining medical treatment.
Miraculously, with God’s grace, around 5pm Monday evening prayers were answered! On command, Nick began to make small movements of his right hand and foot. Within the hour, Nick was able to wiggle his toes on the R foot and move his R arm, giving family and friends the “thumbs up”, “OK” sign, and an intentional “wave hello”. In true Nick fashion, he had captured his audience. The neurosurgical and ICU team was tearfully elated and had no explanation for Nick’s improvement other than an “Easter Miracle”. Nick continues to fight hard to recover and makes small improvements each day. He has been removed from the ventilator and is breathing on his own. He is now able to open both eyes and communicate his needs with hand gestures. However, his improvements are not without mild setbacks. He remains in the ICU and has many obstacles still to overcome. But, as Kim, Madison, and Camryn say; “one hour at a time”!
Kim and the girls would like to express their sincere appreciation for all the prayers and well wishes people are sending. Please continue to pray for Nick, his family, and the medical staff as the road to recovery is long. At this time, Nick and his family are focused on his recovery and rest. Please use this website to seek updates on his progress and send encouraging thoughts and prayers. Any help or needs for Nick and his family with be posted here. Again, thank you for all the support and prayers.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” Ephesians 2:8-9