Posted by Paul on November 22, 2001 at 15:06:47:
I am 39 and lost my wife of 7 ½ years to a brain aneurysm on June 11, 2001. Eleven weeks earlier we had adopted a baby boy. She was driving down the highway when it happened. Our son was in the back seat in his car seat. They took them to two different hospitals. I went to see my wife first and they told me she was brain dead. I then went to see my son and they told me he had multiple skull fractures and was bleeding from the brain. I asked them if he was going to die. They told me that his brain was swelling and they did not know. I then got a call from the other hospital about organ donation. They were able to harvest her heart, both kidneys and her liver.
My son spent the next three weeks in the hospital where I saw him suffer of much. He went blind for a while but when the swelling went down his eyesight started coming back. There was a lot of shear damage to his brain. A couple of months later a cat scan showed that the netting over his brain was torn and one of his skull fractures was not healing. They told me that they must operate. They had to remove the entire back of his scull to go in and do all the repairs.
He is doing great now and is in therapy (PT, OT and Speech). One of the doctors told me the brain has a way of healing itself. That nerve endings can grow back. He is now almost eight months old and is talking up a storm. He still cannot roll over yet but it is a matter of time. He is moving everything so well and tracking people with his eyes.
I prayed before he was born that he would be a good-natured baby and he was.
I prayed before he was born that he would be healthy and he was.
I prayed that he would get his eyesight back and he did.
I prayed that his brain swelling would go down and it did.
I prayed that he would be able to move his arms and legs and he can.
I now pray that he will have a good full life.
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