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Please help us get Carlos home to his family.
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4 Years running

My name is Michelle and Im gonna tell you Carlos story. On December 26 2014 was the night that changed all our lives forever. Carlos was passenger in his friends car, the driver was speeding, lost control and caused a one car roll ever accident. Carlos was stuck inside the car as it rolled over. He was pinned in the back seat once paramedics arrived. It took them 20 minutes to get him out of the car. He was airlifted to the nearest hospital and admitted into the ICU Trauma Unit. He was hooked up to a ventilator and put in a medically induced coma. All his family resides in Florida. He was living in Ohio with myself (his girlfriend) and 10 year old daughter. His family drove the 16 hours and got here the next night. Every one of our lives were changed from that moment. The night that I saw him laying in that bed having a machine breathe for him is an image that I see everyday. He remained in the ICU unit for about 2 weeks. We prayed that everyday would be the day he would wake up. Once he was released from the Trauma unit, they sent him to an acute nursing facility. Besides the brain trauma he also suffers from many fractures to his face, fractures in his neck , and ribs. He had some issues and had to insert a chest tube. He had his mouth wired shut and a metal plate in his chin.

We celebrated News Years with him in his room. His dauhgters only birthday wish was for her daddy to wake up. So on January 8th we went and had a small cake for her in his room. Sadly her birthday wish didnt come true. That didnt stop us. We kept the faith and still continue to hope that the next day will be that day he came back to us. He had different issues that had him go back to the hospital 3 different times. Family has been in from Florida to show their love and support. We started to notice little things that he was doing, but the Doctors would always excuse it as a reflex. Any hope that we had would be crushed. We knew inside that these couldnt just be a reflex. We all knew Carlos was a fighter! We went from periods on him sleeping the whole visit and not showing us anything, to his eyes open and we could feel the connection. He started to even blow kisses. I would ask for him to blow a kiss and he would. How do the doctors still call that a reflex?!? The last time he was admitted back into the hospital they did another CT scan and MRI and an EEG. The results of these test would change us all forever.

Once the Neuro came in on February 13 2015 and told us that Carlos has significant brain damage and the EEG showed low brain activity. He told us that Carlos was in a persistant vegitative state and him coming out of this was very unlikely. Carlos wouldnt be able to Comminucate with us again. He got released and went back to the nursing facility. We never gave up on him. We knew what he was showing us and that within time we can get him back. Once we heard the results his family felt that best way for his recovery will be to have him home with his family there by his side full time and not traveling back and forth every couple weeks. Only problem medicaid wont cover transportation. Thats why we started this fund. We went to all measures of asking and borrowing but unable to come up with full amount. Since the results from the neuro Carlos has been showing us some signs again. He went from sleeping and no eye opening for about 2 weeks to his eyes open most of the time and he is even shaking his head yes or no when we ask some questions. These commands are not follwed at all times but everyday he does show us his response. If his eyes are closed we will ask him to open and he does. I ask him to blow me a kiss and some times he does and others he wont. Please help us get Carlos back to his family in Florida. Thank you and God Bless you all!

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