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July 8,2003 Sherry was admitted to St. Vincentís Hospital with suspected meningitis. The Doctors didnít give us much hope. She was in a vegetative coma by the second night. We were told the intracranial pressure caused severe brain damage. We were told both basal ganglia were gone and that was the part of the brain responsible for transmitting signals from the spinal cord to the brain for all motor functions. We were in shock , this couldnít be sherry was only 33 and had two young boys to raise. We asked for a second opinion. We consulted the best neurology group in jax. Florida from shands. They told us the same thing. The brain was severely damaged both basal ganglia were gone and part of the brain stem was damaged. He did tell us that there was a lot that was not yet understood about the brain and only the good man above knew what the outcome would be. Medically speaking though he needed to tell us that she would never regain the ability for any motor functions without a miracle. This meant she would never talk, walk, sing, dance, and worst of all never hug her two children again. She remained comatose for over 3 months. she was on the ventilator, had a tracheostomy tube, feeding tube and unresponsive. We were with her 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Talking to her, playing music, praying, letting her smell of her favorite things, we even recorded her children talking and playing. We put headphones on her every day hoping that if she heard her children that would bring her out of the coma. It was during this time that the doctors began talking about nursing home placement. They had pretty much given up hope and exhausted every measure medicine had to offer. One day I was at her beside with my back to the door, I was begging her to wake up. I told her they had given up on her and that she had to wake up and prove them wrong. I also told her I was worried about our dad he was having chest pain. Our dad has had 7 heart attacks and sherry is the only one of 5 children that lives close to our parents. She has always been very protective of him. I just knew if she was worried about dad she would come around. I didnít know there was a physician standing at the door listening to my conversation. He waited till I finished and called me out of the room he told me ď for your own sanity and that of your families you must accept things for what they are. It has been over 3 months and nothing has changed. The damage that has been done is permanent. This is as good as it is going to get. What you see is what you get. She can probably hear you beg her to open her eyes or squeeze your hand but the signals cannot get through, not today, tomorrow or ever. The sooner you guys accept this and move on the better it will be for everyone involved. The nursing home is your best option. She isnít a candidate for rehabilitation because there is nothing to rehabilitateĒ. I walked away in horror, the thought that she could hear us beg her to open her eyes, or that she could hear her children beg her to wake up and couldnít do anything about it was unbearable. I prayed for God to just take her home or tell us what to do. I couldnít the thought that she was literally trapped in her own body. I had to leave that day to go back to work and on my way home I passed the nursing home they were pushing us to put her in. I decided to stop and look around. I went in with a huge chip on my shoulder trying to find some thing negative to say, it was a very clean, very friendly atmosphere. The best looking nursing home I had ever been in. when I got home I began researching rehabilitation centers and found that she needed to be in one that had a certification of CARF. This was a certification that represented high standard of care and they had to rehabilitate a certain percentage to maintain that certification. The only one I could find was brooks and it was in jax. Florida. I called my mom that night and told her about the nursing home. I told her I thought it was a good nursing home but I agreed with her, sherry would never recover if she were in the nursing home. She would just give up. I told her to stick to her guns and demand she go to a rehab center and that we wanted brooks. They finally realized we werenít taking no for answer and sent a representative from brooks to evaluate her. They never came in the room they just read her chart and she was denied. We told the doctors we expected them to come in her room and examine her themselves. We didnít want them to base their facts on what the doctors had written because as far as they were concerned sherry was as good as dead 2 months ago.

we began searching for a miracle and discovered hybaricic treatments. these treatments were still experimental but had amazing results in persons with brain injury. the doctors told us we would only waste our money and time. I began researching these treatments and was able to find one doctor that specialized in these treatments for brain injury. we contacted him on the phone and explained our situation. The doctors at st. Vincentís were pushing us to put her in a nursing home. He told us to bring sherry to his office for a consult. He didnít know if we would be able to convince the doctors to allow us to transport her. I told him I would contact him in one week to set up a consult visit. With further research we realized these treatments were not FDA approved for brain injury. This meant sherry's insurance wouldn't cover the cost of the treatments or for her transportation. the treatments cost 200.00 each and we would need a handicapped van and stretcher to transport her. That didnít stop us we began searching for a handicap van. We were able to find one in great condition for 2500.00. She was unable to sit upright. I borrowed a stretcher from Irwin co. Ems. We took the stretcher to make sure we had enough clearance. It worked perfect but we discovered another problem what was going to keep it from turning over.My husband saidĒ follow me to home depotĒ. He came out with some ratchet straps. He used the straps and tied the stretcher down to the rods that normally holds the back seats. He said get up there and buckle up were going for a test drive. It worked like a charm. Then came our next hurdle, we had to convince the doctors to allow us to transport her to Dr. Murrayís office. They told us we had to sign a release so they wouldnít be held responsible if something happened. Lord I prayed we were doing the right thing. When we got to Dr. Murrayís office we realized the rehabilitation center we wanted sherry to go to was only a block away. I called my mom and told her how close brooks rehab was to Dr. Murray's office. When we met Dr. Murray he told us he had a son that suffered from a brain injury and has dedicated his life and practice to brain injuries. Brain injury was his expertise. I knew once again god was answering our prayers and god was in control of the situation. Dr Murray also had admitting privileges at brooks. He made a phone call to brooks and they sent someone to st. Vincentís again to evaluate sherry. They told us again she wasnít a candidate but realized we werenít taking no for an answer. They agreed to a ten-day trial and told us she would never tolerate the program. That 10 days was later changed to 3 months when she began making progress. Sherry was so close to walking on her own and trying so hard. We continued our trips to hyperbaric treatments two days a week. These treatments cost 200.00 each. When our family had depleted savings and retirement accounts we didnít know how we would continue her treatments. Our parents were considering taking a loan out on their home. I knew they couldnít afford to do that so again I was on my knees asking god to lead the way. Once again he came through for sherry. We began having fundraisers. we have had 3 gospel sings, sold shrimp, taken photographs for donations, held cake auctions, raffles,sent her story to numerous newspapers, told her story on the gospel radio station, and had numerous yard sales. Sherry has had 172 treatments to date. We have fought with her insurance company along the way. sherry was walking with a walker when her insurance company refused to pay for anymore physical therapy. I have written numerous letters to the Governor of Florida to no avail trying to get her some help. we took sherry to a handicapp accessible gym for awhile and now she goes to a local college for physical therapy. the devil has tried so hard to destroy our faith, but I know no matter how hard he tries God will make a way. sherry has overcome to many obstacles. Sherry is already a miracle beyond belief. Just to know that she can understand us, respond to us, hug and kiss her family and on occasions we get to hear her actually voice I love you.

sherry trying to walk again. thanks to Fccj and their staff. Josh & Gloria Young.


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God's Will


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- home page - our long journey home - special people from brooks - protest for terri schiavo -
July 8,2003 Sherry was admitted to St. Vincentís Hospital with suspected meningitis. The Doctors didnít give us much hope. She was in a vegetative coma by the second night. We were told the intracranial pressure caused severe brain damage. We were told both basal ganglia were gone and that was the part of the brain responsible for transmitting signals from the spinal cord to the brain for all motor functions. We were in shock , this couldnít be sherry was only 33 and had two young boys to raise. We asked for a second opinion. We consulted the best neurology group in jax. Florida from shands. They told us the same thing. The brain was severely damaged both basal ganglia were gone and part of the brain stem was damaged. He did tell us that there was a lot that was not yet understood about the brain and only the good man above knew what the outcome would be. Medically speaking though he needed to tell us that she would never regain the ability for any motor functions without a miracle. This meant she would never talk, walk, sing, dance, and worst of all never hug her two children again. She remained comatose for over 3 months. she was on the ventilator, had a tracheostomy tube, feeding tube and unresponsive. We were with her 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Talking to her, playing music, praying, letting her smell of her favorite things, we even recorded her children talking and playing. We put headphones on her every day hoping that if she heard her children that would bring her out of the coma. It was during this time that the doctors began talking about nursing home placement. They had pretty much given up hope and exhausted every measure medicine had to offer. One day I was at her beside with my back to the door, I was begging her to wake up. I told her they had given up on her and that she had to wake up and prove them wrong. I also told her I was worried about our dad he was having chest pain. Our dad has had 7 heart attacks and sherry is the only one of 5 children that lives close to our parents. She has always been very protective of him. I just knew if she was worried about dad she would come around. I didnít know there was a physician standing at the door listening to my conversation. He waited till I finished and called me out of the room he told me ď for your own sanity and that of your families you must accept things for what they are. It has been over 3 months and nothing has changed. The damage that has been done is permanent. This is as good as it is going to get. What you see is what you get. She can probably hear you beg her to open her eyes or squeeze your hand but the signals cannot get through, not today, tomorrow or ever. The sooner you guys accept this and move on the better it will be for everyone involved. The nursing home is your best option. She isnít a candidate for rehabilitation because there is nothing to rehabilitateĒ. I walked away in horror, the thought that she could hear us beg her to open her eyes, or that she could hear her children beg her to wake up and couldnít do anything about it was unbearable. I prayed for God to just take her home or tell us what to do. I couldnít the thought that she was literally trapped in her own body. I had to leave that day to go back to work and on my way home I passed the nursing home they were pushing us to put her in. I decided to stop and look around. I went in with a huge chip on my shoulder trying to find some thing negative to say, it was a very clean, very friendly atmosphere. The best looking nursing home I had ever been in. when I got home I began researching rehabilitation centers and found that she needed to be in one that had a certification of CARF. This was a certification that represented high standard of care and they had to rehabilitate a certain percentage to maintain that certification. The only one I could find was brooks and it was in jax. Florida. I called my mom that night and told her about the nursing home. I told her I thought it was a good nursing home but I agreed with her, sherry would never recover if she were in the nursing home. She would just give up. I told her to stick to her guns and demand she go to a rehab center and that we wanted brooks. They finally realized we werenít taking no for answer and sent a representative from brooks to evaluate her. They never came in the room they just read her chart and she was denied. We told the doctors we expected them to come in her room and examine her themselves. We didnít want them to base their facts on what the doctors had written because as far as they were concerned sherry was as good as dead 2 months ago.

we began searching for a miracle and discovered hybaricic treatments. these treatments were still experimental but had amazing results in persons with brain injury. the doctors told us we would only waste our money and time. I began researching these treatments and was able to find one doctor that specialized in these treatments for brain injury. we contacted him on the phone and explained our situation. The doctors at st. Vincentís were pushing us to put her in a nursing home. He told us to bring sherry to his office for a consult. He didnít know if we would be able to convince the doctors to allow us to transport her. I told him I would contact him in one week to set up a consult visit. With further research we realized these treatments were not FDA approved for brain injury. This meant sherry's insurance wouldn't cover the cost of the treatments or for her transportation. the treatments cost 200.00 each and we would need a handicapped van and stretcher to transport her. That didnít stop us we began searching for a handicap van. We were able to find one in great condition for 2500.00. She was unable to sit upright. I borrowed a stretcher from Irwin co. Ems. We took the stretcher to make sure we had enough clearance. It worked perfect but we discovered another problem what was going to keep it from turning over.My husband saidĒ follow me to home depotĒ. He came out with some ratchet straps. He used the straps and tied the stretcher down to the rods that normally holds the back seats. He said get up there and buckle up were going for a test drive. It worked like a charm. Then came our next hurdle, we had to convince the doctors to allow us to transport her to Dr. Murrayís office. They told us we had to sign a release so they wouldnít be held responsible if something happened. Lord I prayed we were doing the right thing. When we got to Dr. Murrayís office we realized the rehabilitation center we wanted sherry to go to was only a block away. I called my mom and told her how close brooks rehab was to Dr. Murray's office. When we met Dr. Murray he told us he had a son that suffered from a brain injury and has dedicated his life and practice to brain injuries. Brain injury was his expertise. I knew once again god was answering our prayers and god was in control of the situation. Dr Murray also had admitting privileges at brooks. He made a phone call to brooks and they sent someone to st. Vincentís again to evaluate sherry. They told us again she wasnít a candidate but realized we werenít taking no for an answer. They agreed to a ten-day trial and told us she would never tolerate the program. That 10 days was later changed to 3 months when she began making progress. Sherry was so close to walking on her own and trying so hard. We continued our trips to hyperbaric treatments two days a week. These treatments cost 200.00 each. When our family had depleted savings and retirement accounts we didnít know how we would continue her treatments. Our parents were considering taking a loan out on their home. I knew they couldnít afford to do that so again I was on my knees asking god to lead the way. Once again he came through for sherry. We began having fundraisers. we have had 3 gospel sings, sold shrimp, taken photographs for donations, held cake auctions, raffles,sent her story to numerous newspapers, told her story on the gospel radio station, and had numerous yard sales. Sherry has had 172 treatments to date. We have fought with her insurance company along the way. sherry was walking with a walker when her insurance company refused to pay for anymore physical therapy. I have written numerous letters to the Governor of Florida to no avail trying to get her some help. we took sherry to a handicapp accessible gym for awhile and now she goes to a local college for physical therapy. the devil has tried so hard to destroy our faith, but I know no matter how hard he tries God will make a way. sherry has overcome to many obstacles. Sherry is already a miracle beyond belief. Just to know that she can understand us, respond to us, hug and kiss her family and on occasions we get to hear her actually voice I love you.

sherry trying to walk again. thanks to Fccj and their staff. Josh & Gloria Young.


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