Monday, April 2, 2012

URGENT Prayers Needed for Another Battle

This is Danielle posting again. And for a reason that is truly unimaginable.  Matt and Molly once again are in need of immediate and fervent prayer.

Matt suffered a severe stoke on Sunday morning, April 1st, while running with some friends. He has had a craniectomy to remove a portion of his skull in an effort to accommodate the swelling in his brain. Immediate prayers are needed for a miraculous and immediate decrease in the swelling as all surgical options to alleviate the swelling have been exhausted.

A Caring Bridge website has been created here to help keep people informed about Matt's progress while he is being treated at KU Medical.

Below is an update from Molly this morning:

MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2012 8:22 AM, CDT 

day two 

Good morning, Molly updating here.  Matt’s brain is continuing to swell.  Matt struggled through the night, and I am writing this in a lull while they set him up for a cooling procedure where they will try to create hypothermia-like conditions in an effort to bring his swelling down.  On a scale of 1-20 (with 20 being the highest the swelling can be in his brain without putting him at significant risk) Matt is currently at a 32.  His pupils are not responding, he is currently unable to obey commands (like wiggle your toes, give a thumbs up, squeeze my hand), his heart rate is low, his blood pressure is not where they want it to be.  The swelling from the damaged side of his brain is putting great pressure on the functional side of his brain.    The doctors have exhausted the surgical options and are now treating him with medication and cooling.  His swelling is expected to increase over the next couple of days.   

 Please pray for a miraculous decrease in the swelling in Matt’s brain.   

 As for me, I am scared.   

 I am immensely grateful for the support that is completely covering us.  I can’t imagine doing this without our tribe.  Thank you for the prayers, Dr. Peppers, company, comments, supplies, and more prayers you have showered on me.  I am grateful on Matt’s behalf.  His parents are also feeling loved and supported.  Thank you for following Matt’s progress and for your continued prayer support.    

With love and thanks, Molly 

 As updates and additional information becomes available I will continue to update this blog.  

Thank you for continuing to love and pray for Matt, Molly, and their families.

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