Moving Mountains For Mary

For: Pete and Mary Blanks
Organizer: Moving Mountains For Mary
Moving Mountains For Mary (Pete and Mary Blanks)
$2,441
of $50,000 goal.
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The Story

When Pete Blanks took his wife, Mary, to the emergency room with the flu, he had no idea the next time he saw her she would be connected to oxygen in a medically-induced coma. Doctors informed Pete that the flu had attacked Mary’s body so severely that her organs were failing.  
Mary underwent a rare procedure to filter the flu virus from her body.  Although this treatment miraculously saved her life, it left her with numerous complications and severe paralysis.  For 72 days, Mary experienced multiple surgeries and treatments before becoming stable enough to begin her rehabilitation journey.  
She arrived at Siskin Hospital completely dependent upon her family and the staff to care for her every need.  The devastating results of the flu left her with so much weakness and paralysis that she was forced to learn even the most basic functions all over again.   
“When I came to Siskin Hospital, I was still scared, but I felt good about it,” Mary said.    Because she was unable to eat, Mary worked with speech therapists to learn to swallow again and overcome the paralysis affecting her face.  The occupational and physical therapy staff worked with Mary to help her re-learn activities of daily living, and to begin sitting up, turning over, moving her arms and legs and eventually walking.   
“My legs were so weak, and learning to walk was so hard and scary, but I never gave up.  When I took two steps on my second day at Siskin Hospital, I knew I could do it!” Mary exclaimed.  
Mary spent four weeks as an Inpatient at Siskin Hospital, and then transferred to Outpatient Therapy for another six weeks. “It’s an amazing feeling, such an accomplishment to overcome. I never thought I would be able to walk…but I walked out of Siskin Hospital,” Mary said. 
The flu nearly took Pete’s wife from him; but through this journey, they are stronger than ever. Mary worked hard to overcome the odds and regain her life, and Pete never left her side.  Siskin Hospital was there too, encouraging Mary and her family every day.  “God worked miracles on my behalf, and the staff at Siskin Hospital are just precious to me,” Mary shared.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 25, 2014

Posted on February 25, 2014

Hey, everyone! Just to let you all know Mary is doing good. Today they took the heart monitor off. She is getting stronger every day. She is standing up with less help and walking with a walker and one person helping her. She working very hard to get back to her life. She still has a lot of strength building to do but she is a very determined young woman.
Pete is still by her side and cheering her on. We're still not leaving her alone yet, we take turns staying with her.
We will always be so grateful for all of the prayers and every card and donation that has been given in her behalf. Please continue to pray for her complete recovery. She is so grateful and one day will be able to tell you. We love all of you. Thank you so very much, God has heard our prayers.

Posted on February 17, 2014

Posted on February 17, 2014

Mary goes to Siskin today 2/17/14 at 2pm to start rehabilitation

Posted on February 11, 2014

Posted on February 11, 2014

Update on Mary: 2/10/14 8:00 PM
Jesus said, "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." (Mark 11:24) I know that there a lot of followers of "Moving Mountains for Mary," that truly believe in our God Almighty and what His Son said in the above, because He is definitely anwering our prayers. Mountains are truly being moved! Kenny and Pete have already "let the cat out of the bag," but, our precious blo...nde-haired, blue eyed girl was able to speak to us today. The doctor put in a smaller trach today, so, the opening could be covered and Mary can speak. She sounds a little like Pete (LOL) but that will come around.
The 2nd thing that we can be very excited about is that Mary has actually had some kidney activity, which is a sign that they may be coming back to life. Even though the first thing I heard her say was that she just wanted a "short visit" at 4 and no visitors at the eight o'clock visit (because she was completely worn out today), we were all as excited as a child on Christmas morning when we gathered around the bed and heard her talk.
Please don't back off in your prayers, even though the mountains are still being moved (and there have been many in the last 38 days), she still has more mountains ahead. She still hasn't been able to eat, because of the trach and the feeding tube, there is still some problem with the pancreas and the kidneys have to do a lot better than what they are doing now. We praise our Great God for anwering our prayers and we praise you all for joining with us to offer litterly thousands of prayers for Him to answer. We can never thank you all for all you have done and are doing for Mary and the family. Thank you for all of you that came to the church service at the Chattanooga church of Christ yesterday in support of Mary and the family.
God bless you, everyone, and please keep on praying for Mary.
We love you all,
Mary's family

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