Please help my husband, Gary, recover from brain injury and get rehab treatment.
My name is Jeanie, and we live in Dallas, Texas. When I met Gary for the first time, I was taken away by his kind heart and his big smile. He puts his wife as first priority above all, loves to travel and enjoy life, and genuinely loves family and friends with all his heart. We were just regular people in our 30's, trying to enjoy the small things in our lives.
On May 12, 2016, Gary collapsed at home when his heart suddenly stopped. Upon arrival at the hospital, he was hooked to life support and placed into a medically induced coma to prevent further damage to the brain. After a few weeks, he was brought out of the coma, but he wasn’t the Gary I knew. He was opening his eyes, but he wasn’t looking at me; he was moving his arms, but he couldn’t hold my hands. Gary often cries out loud uncontrollably when he realizes what is going on with him, which breaks my heart. He often screams from terrible muscle spasms all over his body, and he developed insomnia which makes him even more restless. All of this has caused by the injury to his brain.
Gary’s insurance, Blue Cross Blue Shield, has denied his hospital stay since July 1, 2016 and denied approval for him to go to an inpatient acute rehabilitation facility. Since then, Gary has been lying in bed without any physical therapy, and we are being forced to leave the hospital now. The first 6 months are crucial to brain injury patients like Gary. The brain heals the fastest during this time period, yet Gary is left to languish in his bed without the critical rehab stimuli that is necessary.
Insurance states that Gary is not strong enough to go to a rehab hospital, but I disagree. Gary has made progress with his cognition; he started smiling a lot and laughing at jokes. Also, he is very strong with his limbs but needs to relearn how to coordinate his movements. Gary has gone more than a month without any therapy. I have realized that in order to save Gary, I will have to do it without the insurance company and pay out-of-pocket. While the insurance company and hospital may have given up on him, I refuse to.
Our goal for this fundraiser is to raise money for Gary to go to rehabilitation hospital that specializes in brain injury. The inpatient acute rehab hospital in Houston, called TIRR Memorial Hermann, is one of the top 5 brain specialty rehab hospitals in the nation. They have a state of art rehab program that will allow Gary to relearn skills to become independent again, and I believe it will give Gary the best fighting chance at recovery. They have a program specifically developed for patients like Gary and have accepted his case as long as I am able to pay for it. As a registered nurse, my savings and salary will only cover a fraction of this cost, and I desperately need any financial help to get him to this hospital.
It has been a difficult journey for Gary, our family, and all our friends. God has been gracious to let Gary live, and we need to stay positive, be patient, and be faithful to God and keep praying. We need God’s healing power to restore Gary, but we also need your donation so we can help Gary get the right treatment by the experts. If you would like to help Gary start walking, please click the link to donate to Gary’s remarkable road to recovery~! And thank you for being part of Gary’s journey to recovery.
$2000/daily x 30day x 2months= $120,000 for 2 months stay in acute rehab
Contribution from his mother and I will lower this amount to $105K.
For more information on TIRR, visit http://tirr.memorialhermann.org/programs-specialties/rehab-hospital-programs/