5 Surgeries in 5 Days! Help Shawn Adams fight for his life!

For: Shawn Adams
Lakewood, CO
Organizer: Crystal Adams
5 Surgeries in 5 Days!  Help Shawn Adams fight for his life! (Shawn Adams)
of $10,000 goal.
Raised by 53 donors
70% Complete

The Story

Shawn developed a blood infection that went to his heart and caused a lot of damage.  He had open heart surgery Thursday, December 7th to replace a valve.  His heart damage was more extensive than expected and another valve and the aorta were also damaged.  He went into cardiac arrest after his first surgery which led to an emergency surgery.  He ended up having a total of 6 surgeries so far, which included installing Impella heart pumps on the right and left sides of his heart. Shawn is the first person in Colorado to have the dual heart pumps, and only the second person in the nation to have this new technology. 
He is having dialysis, he has jaundice, he just started a feeding tube, he is losing a lot of blood and has had well over 100 units of blood, he is heavily sedated but comes to randomly to squeeze a hand or open his eyes.
He is fighting hard and every day is a roller coaster of improvements and set backs.  
If he gains enough strength he will have the heart pumps removed soon to allow his heart to pump without their assistance.
The future for Shawn is very uncertain.  He remains in very critical condition with a team of doctors, nurses and technicians monitoring him around the clock.
Funds raised through this fundraiser will be used specifically for Shawn's expenses.  He has already incurred extensive medical bills just from the surgeries and hospital stay.  While he is so lucky to have health insurance cover a good portion, he will be left with a large chunk to cover.
Funds will also be used for his ongoing care and rehabilitation.  We are uncertain what his rehabilitative care will be, but we know it will be extensive.

If you are unable to donate, please consider sharing.  
Please also keep Shawn in your thoughts. 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 19, 2018


Posted on January 19, 2018

Our family wants to extend a special thanks to everyone who has donated and/or shared.  We cannot even begin to express how humbled and appreciative we are for so much support and love.

We have received some donations via check as well as anonymous donations that aren't posted on this website so we feel it is important to thank all of you as well.  So, if any of you special givers is reading this, THANK YOU!

If you are interested in sending a check instead of using paypal, please send a message to me (Crystal) via the Contact Organizer button on the bottom of the page.

From the bottom of our hearts thank you all!

The Adams Family

Posted on January 19, 2018


Posted on January 19, 2018

Thursday, January 18

"I am thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn't have stumbled across my strength"  -Alex Elle

Shawn started his week attacking some goals he set for himself.  Breathing and moving were and are his two big things to focus on.  He has been finding ways to communicate and advocate for himself.  He had a big day yesterday and worked really hard, so he was rewarded with some pomegranate flavored ice chips.

He was told that his feeding tube into the intestine was clogged with medications, so that one was removed, but he still has one into the stomach.

Overnight things turned and he ended up losing a lot of blood though the rectum.  He also had a clot in his digestive tract the size of a baseball. He had to have some procedures and blood transfusions and now has clips in the digestive tract keeping things together.  His heparin was stopped and he isn't bleeding anymore.  

Shawn rested today.

Tomorrow is a new day with new goals and we are looking forward to seeing Shawn's strength and perseverance some more.

Posted on January 15, 2018


Posted on January 15, 2018

Sunday, January 14th

Go Big or Go Backwards!  This seems to be Shawn's motto.  

When he decides to do something, he doesn't just do it a little.

Shawn stood up assisted twice this weekend!  It is so exhausting for him, but he wanted to and pushed himself farther than his team expected.

He also tried breathing with a new device that basically allows him to breathe on his own, and allows him to try to talk.  He agreed to try for 15 minutes, but made it 43 minutes!! He is going to start speech therapy, which will also help him to finally be able to swallow liquids, and then eventually foods.  He is so thirsty and is dreaming of drinking pomegranate juice.  His pomegranate juice goal is driving him to push himself.  

Shawn really struggles with sleeping at night.  He was having an electrical sensation every time he slept so he didn't want to sleep.  He finally slept today without that sensation so hopefully he is past that and can get the rest he needs to heal.  

He is also doing well with his nutrition and doesn't seem to have stomach pain or issues anymore.

His pacemaker has moved a bit, so once he is recovered more he will have to have a minor surgery to move it back and make sure it's working properly.

All in all he had a wonderful weekend filled with big wins, plus he had all his siblings and dad visiting him and cheering him on.  He seemed so happy to be supported and loved by family.

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