Help Hitomi Kimura Recover From a Brain Aneurysm

For: Hitomi Kimura
Sebastopol, CA
Organizer: Susan Kanga and Evan Livingstone
Help Hitomi Kimura Recover From a Brain Aneurysm (Hitomi Kimura)
of $25,000 goal
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The Story

Please help support Hitomi Kimura and family during this urgent time of medical crisis and what we hope will be a complete recovery in the near future. As a mother, wife, sister, daughter, artist, musician, healer, cook,  care-giver, house builder, trusted friend, community member, Waldorf school parent and co-worker--Hitomi Kimura has inspired and touched many of us in Sonoma County, New York City, and in Japan, her country of origin, with her great kindness, her gentle, playful spirit and her powerfully creative life. She has built a home with her husband Hideaki Nishikura, and their son Hiroya in Sebastopol, where they came after years of living in New York City, and where they continue to honor and practice their Japanese culture through language, arts, food and other cultural practices, in particular Taiko Drumming. 

We are grieved to share that Hitomi suffered a brain aneurism and collapsed while working, on the evening of Tuesday, February 27, 2018. After being taken to the hospital in Santa Rosa, doctors determined that she be sent to Washington Hospital in Fremont, in order to have access to the best doctors for surgery, where she was placed in a medically induced coma. The next morning, faced with a 50-50% chance of survival, Hitomi came through a 2 1/2 hour long surgery in which her doctor was able alleviate the pooling of blood in her brain. She remains in ICU, on a breathing machine, in a medically-induced coma so that her brain will have the maximum opportunity for healing. At some point within the next two weeks, doctors hope to bring her out of the coma in order to assess her condition. As of March 1, Hitomi's CAT scans indicated progress. 

She has survived the most critical 7 days following a brain aneurism. Hitomi's husband Hideaki and son Hiroya request your prayers and loving thoughts of supportive energy to send her during this time. As her friends, we felt that some of you would be moved to provide some monetary support as well, so we asked Hideaki's permission to set up this YouCaring page. Hitomi's road to recovery will require much support and many resources. During this critical time, her family is attempting to stay close by to attend to her in the ICU. The hospital does not provide beds and does not even allow people to fall asleep in the waiting room, so Hitomi's family must sleep in a local motel. The drive to Sebastopol from the hospital in Fremont is upwards of two hours with traffic. Additionally, because Hideaki works as an independent contractor as a carpenter, he suffers the loss of wages. 

Your donations will support Hitomi's ongoing medical needs, as well as enable Hitomi's family to be in close proximity to her as she remains in ICU and when she begins her journey to a full and complete recovery. Other ways you can help: Visiting Hitomi during this time is challenging, because she remains in Intensive Care Unit, but this is possible. The family appreciates your visits to them in the hospital and receiving messages. Perhaps loving note cards would be very nice, so that your messages of support may be read aloud to Hitomi. There is no place for flowers, plants or other objects in the ICU at this time, so please do not send any at this time. Hideaki and Hiroya greatly appreciate healthy snacks and meals they can eat in the hospital or motel. Japanese food is very much appreciated. 

Please continue to check this site for updates on Hitomi's medical progress and how you can help. Thank you to all family, friends, co-workers and fellow community members for your loving kindness and support to our dear Hitomi Kimura and her family.    

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 22, 2018

Posted on March 22, 2018

Dear Friends of Hitomi,

There is much good news to share about Hitomi's progress. Hideaki has remained close to Hitomi's side this entire time. Thank you all for the  extraordinary hope, love and support that has helped Hitomi and her family through this crisis. Please keep Hitomi in your thoughts, prayers, meditations and good wishes as she works through the next phase of this healing journey to recovery. 

Here is the most recent update from Hideaki, sent on March 20, 2018:

"Hitomi is out of ICU unit after getting 19 days of treatment. She's making good progresses every day, though there were setbacks. Yesterday (March 19) she could sit up for about 2 minutes without any support from PT, and gaining strength on both legs, stand up for about 15 seconds with help, sit up on the chair for about 10 minutes, etc... She's been improving her physical strength in past three days. She might be getting transferred to the acute rehab facility as early as in a week. "

Posted on March 12, 2018

Posted on March 12, 2018

Dear Friends, very good news to share! Here is an update of Hitomi's condition:  

Hitomi has been breathing on her own since Wednesday, March 7th, when the doctors took her out of the medically induced coma. She had been in the coma nine days, since February 27th, since after the aneurysm occurred. Hitomi first smiled at her nurse on March 8. She is responding to medical personnel, family and friends, in spite of pain and discomfort. Hitomi is able to follow commands with some success and has been working with an occupational therapist for three days. She has been practicing sitting up with the help of the occupational therapist, as well as a few other simple tasks. Hitomi can wave at visitors by fluttering her fingers. She is able to shake her head back and forth in order to respond "no" and nod for "yes." She has been showing her beautiful smile and we are very grateful to see it again.  

Hideaki believes that Hitomi has completed the first chapter of her journey to recovery and has begun the second chapter.  

Posted on March 9, 2018

Posted on March 9, 2018


Thursday, March 8 

We are relieved to share that Hideaki just told us that Hitomi's breathing tube was removed  today and that after many challenges, she is able to breathe without it. It is an ongoing challenge for her, however, to breathe on her own, and indicates an important milestone of brain functioning after an anyeursim.  Your kindness and support is hugely appreciated and deeply felt by Hideaki in this time.

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