Andrew O'Connell Medical Assistance

$54,010raised of $60,000 goal
90%

Organizer: Friends of Andrew Beneficiary: Andrew O'Connell

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Andrew O'Connell is a great friend of ours who recently was savagely attacked on Taylor Street in Chicago Thursday night, the 5th.  We don't know the details yet because the injuries to his head were so servere that he received brain surgery.  He is currently in a medically induced coma until the swelling goes down.  Andrew was recently between jobs and we don't know the status of his medical insurance, if any.  The medical bills and recovery are going to be very hard on Andrew and the O'Connell Family and we want to do everything we can to get him back on his feet. 
Andrew has always been a great friend, kind, funny, and loyal as can be.  He would definitely be looking to help any of us if we were in trouble so we want to help him out.  If you can donate anything to his cause, it would be greatly appreciated.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Andrew and the O'Connell family.
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09/16/2013
by Friends of Andrew
Hey everyone, I just wanted to send along the following info.  His sisters signed up for a website so that they can update you guys on Andrew more frequently.  Please sign up to follow the updates at www.caringbridge.org/visit/andrewoconnell

The updates are very positive!  He is now texting apparently which is a great step!  The full update is on the Caring Bridge site so please check it out.

And please continue to spread the word about Andrew and the donation site, we are SO CLOSE to the $50,000 mark in just over a week.  Let's see if we can get it up to our goal of $60,000!
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09/13/2013
by Friends of Andrew

We have cruised past $40K, thank you to everyone for their support!  The website is gaining momentum and we need to keep it going!  We have updated the goal to $60K!  I think if we keep spreading the word and good vibes we can hit this new lofty goal!  If Andrew can wake out of his coma temporarily and recognize people, we can surely raise another $20K to help him!  Please keep sending the link to anyone that may help.  We have gotten support from total strangers and are exteremly grateful.  Keep the positivity going!  Thanks again everyone! 


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09/13/2013
by Friends of Andrew
Andrew is progressing well.  He is slowly awakening from the coma. Yesterday he said "Oh my God!"  Today he saw his buddy Mike Brennan and smiled.  He tried to say some stuff but said "really" with thsharing that is only Andrew.  This is the process so we are grateful for all the progress. the Dr.s say some stimulation is good but to try to limit it. Baby steps! 

Thank you for the generosity you have shown here and for the prayers that are evidence in Andrews progress!  
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09/11/2013
by Friends of Andrew
I just spoke with Andrew's sister Bethany and have an update for everybody.  Overall it sounds like it was a positive day for Andrew at Rush Hospital!  He was attended to today by specialists in Neurosurgery, ENT specialists, and rehab specialists.

They successfuly removed the breathing tube and Andrew is handling it well, which is a good sign.  He is still in a coma, but it is no longer medically induced, it is a regular brain injury coma now.  There is no exact time to predict when he will get out of the coma so we are in a Wait and See situation.  Please send your prayers his way.

The family also wanted me to share their gratitude for all the support and donations. You guys have been amazing! They wanted me to inform you that Rush has pretty strict policies on visitors times and the amount of people.  Rush is asking that we limit visitors currently while Andrew is in this stage.  

Please keep spreading the word, support, and prayers.  Thanks to everyone that has helped already!
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09/11/2013
by Friends of Andrew

Thank you to everyone so much for their help so far.  Please keep sharing the link for this site and the NBC news story about Andrew.  http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Chicago-Man-Attacked-Outside-Little-Italy-Bar-223232271.html

The support has been so outstanding that we once agian are pushing the donation goal, this time to $40,000!  Please continue to support and say some prayers for Andrew and the O'Connell family.  Thanks to everyone that has helped!


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09/11/2013
by Friends of Andrew
http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Chicago-Man-Attacked-Outside-Little-Italy-Bar-223232271.html

Here is the news story that aired on NBC News last night.  The family really want answers and are looking for help to get them.  If you can please spread this link and the link to this site to as many people as possible we would all GREATLY appreciate.  Thank you again to all the support! 
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09/10/2013
by Friends of Andrew
Support has been UNBELIEVABLE!  Thank you so much to everyone!  We have had some extremely generous people donate yesterday and today so far so once again, I'm proud to say we are moving the goal!  Let's see if we can get it up to $25,000 for Andrew and his family!  A few people who don't have paypal are going to send checks which makes are total around $15,000 already.  IN JUST 24 HOURS!!!  It's a great show of support, please keep forwarding the link to anyone that may help and as always keep sending your prayers and good thoughts to Andrew and the O'Connell family!  Thanks again everyone!!!
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09/10/2013
by Friends of Andrew
We received some good news this morning.  The swelling has gone down so there will be no need for another surgery right now.  Hopefully this positive trend continues!  Thank you for all the prayers and donations so far!  We are almost at 10K and going strong just like Andrew!
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09/10/2013
by Friends of Andrew
We received some good news this morning.  The swelling has gone down so there will be no need for another surgery right now.  Hopefully this positive trend continues!  Thank you for all the prayers and donations so far!  We are almost at 10K and going strong just like Andrew!
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09/10/2013
by Friends of Andrew
Guys,
Support has been so amazing from all of you.  I can't thank you enough for your help to Andrew.  Since we haven't even been up 24 hours and are over $8,000!  I am upping the goal from 10K to 15K!  I am sure if we keep spreading the word and letting people know about how great a guy Andy is and how terrible the attack on him was we can easily reach that next milestone.  Thanks again!
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09/10/2013
by Friends of Andrew
Guys,
Support has been so amazing from all of you.  I can't thank you enough for your help to Andrew.  Since we haven't even been up 24 hours and are over $8,000!  I am upping the goal from 10K to 15K!  I am sure if we keep spreading the word and letting people know about how great a guy Andy is and how terrible the attack on him was we can easily reach that next milestone.  Thanks again!
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09/09/2013
by Friends of Andrew
Hey guys - I just got word that the swelling isn't exactly where the doctors need it to be yet.  While we all definitely appreciate all your donations so far, we are now asking for extra prayers and positive thoughts sent Andy's way.  Please keep him in your thoughts tonight and spread the word to all that know our buddy Andrew!
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