Robbie Schoen is a Santa Cruz artist and the director of the Felix Kulpa Gallery.
On Feb. 10, Robbie suffered a massive stroke while working at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. He was rushed to Dominican Hospital, then airlifted to Stanford Hospital, where doctors tried to remove a clot from his brain.
Medical teams were able to remove part of the clot, but not all, and so Robbie's brain swelled. On Saturday, doctors removed part of Robbie's skull, to alleviate the swelling.
As of Feb. 14, Robbie is at the Stanford ICU, where his condition is improving. He's begun to breathe and swallow on his own. He can now follow simple instructions, such as squeezing his hand, giving a thumbs up, wiggling his toes, and opening his eyes.
Soon, he will start months of rehab. The right side of his brain was severely damaged, so he'll try to relearn how to use the left side of his body. We are optimistic, because Robbie is a young stroke victim.
Robbie's on Medi-Cal, and we've been told by doctors that the quality of his rehabilitation depends on what his insurance will cover and what he can afford.
We're raising money over the next month to fund Robbie's rehab bills.
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If you'd prefer to send a check, please make it out to "Robbie Schoen Rehab Fund," and mail to Santa Cruz County Bank, c/o Mary Anne Carson, 740 Front St., Suite 220, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.