Help Fight for Tony

For: Tony Lombardi
Organizer: The Lombardi Family
of $100,000 goal.
Raised by 149 donors
14% Complete
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The Story

Tony was in an accident and sustained a traumatic brain injury on November 16. He had 3 skull fractures and bleeding in his brain. He has had two emergency surgeries to remove the right and left sides of his skull to help make space for the swelling. They also placed a drain in the center of his brain that will help remove the blood and extra fluid build up. His brain still has a lot of blood on it and we are told it may take weeks before that reabsorbs in the body. He is currently in a medically induced coma, but they are going to ween him slowly so that they can see if he will begin to waken. 

We are holding strong for now. Tony shows some signs of involuntary movements and his pupils are no longer dilated- both goods signs, small but good.  Lydia, Margie and Al have been staying at a hotel nearby and plan to continue spending each day kissing, touching and sending all your/our love to him while he heals. They tell him every message you send and all the love you feel for him. This is something no medicine can give. Thank you ALL again for your continued support, everyone.

This will be a long road to recovery for Tony. The neurosurgeon estimates anywhere between a year to 18 months recovery. Any donation will be helpful and appreciated tremendously. 

For anyone that wants to know where Tony is...he is receiving care at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 11, 2013 by The Lombardi Family
Friends and family please join us to pay tribute to Tony at his Memorial Celebration. It will be held on Sunday, December 15 from 12-3pm at Robinson Ranch.
**27734 Sand Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91387

Posted on November 25, 2013 by The Lombardi Family
This morning we said goodbye to our beloved Tony. He went peacefully surrounded by his family. My parents, Lydia, Brian, Mack and I were with him to the end - telling him how much we love him, how much he will be missed and how much joy he had brought to all our lives.  We are heartbroken. Life will never be the same without Tony. We appreciate all the love and support you all have provided throughout this horrible time. We are so grateful and fortunate to have so many amazing people there for us. We will keep you updated regarding further services. Thank you.

Posted on November 22, 2013 by The Lombardi Family
Tony had his pressure today go up to 22 and then it came back down to 15-16 which is good. We are hoping it goes down more and stays steady. We would like to thank Sean Gunn (Tony's friend and old neighbor) for setting the family up with a family friend, and amazing man who has opened his house to them. It is amazing how kind people have been. We are overwhelmed by the kindness of this man to open his house up to strangers. The support, help and prayers have been amazing. If you are praying specifically, which some of you have asked, we need his skull pressure to go down. Keep up the positive thoughts and prayers.

Posted on November 20, 2013 by The Lombardi Family
Today was a good day. His vital signs remain strong and steady and the swelling is slowly going down. The doctor wanted to place Tony with a trach yesterday, but today decided to leave him be until Monday since he is so stable and in a perfect state. They are also suspending the daily CAT scans until Monday and will wait to replace the NG tube the g-tube until next week. His cranial pulmonary pressure which monitors the blood flow in his brain is excellent and his blood pressure is well under control. His heart rate went from over 100 down to 79- all good. One of his best friends flew in today and said he could feel the good energy in the room with Tony...he is so peaceful and calm. Everything he needs to heal. We are keeping the room dark, cool and quiet to ensure he has no stimuli that would create any agitation. It has been nice to spend time with Tony's close friends who flew in to feels good to laugh again and tell good stories. We appreciate all the prayers, love and continued support...Today felt good...lets keep it coming!

Posted on November 19, 2013 by The Lombardi Family
Update from Lydia on November 18:
The amount of love that has been sent to our family these past few days has been beyond words. We are so grateful for everything. I have to say today I think Tony has held much stronger than I have...but that make sense because he has always been my rock. He was moved to a neuro ICU late last night (ROOM 272) with a bigger room where we could put all our family pictures up ...and some Lakers memorabilia. We want him to know he is loved and safe when he wakes up. His brain swelling is stable and doing what is expected. The surgeon has been very proactive and has really gotten Tony through this critical first 72 hrs. We are so thankful. Not to mention my Tony's amazing love of life, his friends and will to live.

The surgeon spoke to us today during his rounds and informed us that they weened him off the Propofol this morning, but he is not tolerating that yet. His vitals changed and his temp increased, both things they want to prevent. So for now they will keep him on it as needed until he shows signs he is ready to come off. It is such a delicate balance. The doc estimates it may be 7 days before he is ready to wake up. Ryan, Tonys close friend, told us today that a night nurse yesterday told him that Tony is the in the drivers seat here...he and his body will decide when he is ready to wake up. So we have to continue to be patient. The hardest thing for me today was when the nurse told me that we can no longer talk or touch him as much because he is getting too agitated. But, we can send love and energy through heart and spirit, so that is what I am doing and I ask all you to continue to do. I will keep you posted each day...thank you for loving him so much. I know he feels it, I do.

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