Our Story - The First Week
An ambulance was called and once at hospital they done a CT scan which confirmed a clot in the frontal lobe of the right hemisphere of his brain.
Upon a failed 'clot blast' he was referred to Monash for a clot retrieval procedure and a stent put into his neck, to which they found the main area of concern was actually at the back of the brain which was missed on initial scanning at the first hospital.
His brain had been through incredible trauma and swelling was inevitable.
Overnight the swelling got very bad and the head surgeon called us in for a family meeting,
We were faced with the decision of, if we left his brain continue to swell at the rate it is currently, then we needed to go into his room and say goodbye to him as he faced imminent death.
The only way to save him would be for a decompressive craniotomy, to which if performed he may still die and if he did survive he could be severely disabled. The surgeon said the severity of damage did not align with the way Dad was responding.
'Occasionally we have a patient that completely defies the odds' were the words that came from the doctor and my word, didn't he just.
The surgery was performed, after waiting what seemed like all day to be put into theatre.
A complete success. Now they recovery process.
Dad spent a week in ICU, intubated and connected to what seemed to be a million wires.
The ICU team were exceptional, they were brilliant at communicating and kept us in the loop 100% (which can be amiss at times which made the whole process a lot more scarier)
This November, I’m taking part in Stroke Foundation’s Stride4Stroke to help prevent, treat and beat stroke!
Sadly, 1 in 4 people will have a stroke in their lifetime.
Stroke attacks the brain- the human control centre, changing lives in an instant. The impact of stroke can be devastating for the individual and the family. But stroke’s impact doesn’t need to be this great, research indicates that around 80 percent of strokes are preventable.
So, we need your help to Fight Stroke. It’s going to be a challenge, but it’s nothing compared to those who are impacted by stroke. Please sponsor our team today to support us and together we can Fight Stroke!
Your donation will help the Stroke Foundation support those affected right now and fund research to help prevent stroke, save lives and enhance recovery. Thank you.
Thank you to our Sponsors
The Stephenson Family
Jennifer Kim And Gary Mann
Fiona & Paul Johnson
Belinda Wagg & Glenn Hildebrand
Loana & Kismet Marino
Sarah Fisher + Charlie Fisher