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Dear Friends and Family,
As most of you know, Scott suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm in October of 2009 that sent him to the Vanderbilt ICU for a month.
This October marks his 10 year anniversary.
Lindsey Felts recalls that day she drove him to the ER:
“One of the nurses I knew working in the ER told me there was blood on his brain and said “this is a big deal, you know that right?” And when the doctor came in to tell Scott and me that he was going to admit him to the neuro ICU, we couldn’t believe it. He continued to tell us that the minimum stay there was 28 days. Our jaws dropped. This was a big deal.”
Steve Richardson, Scott’s brother who was doing his dermatology residency in Rochester, New York, immediately flew to Nashville upon receiving the news, along with his parents, Mike & Sandi.
“After speaking with the neurosurgeon, he explained that the aneurysm would need to be repaired with a platinum coil which would be placed in the aneurysm through snaking a catheter into the affected artery in the brain. He then explained that stopping the bleed was only half the battle. Once blood enters the cerebral spinal fluid, it can reduce blood flow and essentially cause a stroke. He said it doesn’t always work and it’s impossible to know how the patient will respond to this increase in pressure and stress on the body.
The team also asked if we would like to have Scott enrolled in a double blind clinical trial with high doses of either acetaminophen and n-acetylcystine, only one or the other, or a placebo. We agreed.
Through countless prayers and support from all his close friends and family, Scott survived! After making it through that horrific first week, it took another 3 weeks in the neuro ICU for him to recover.”
Did you know that 1 in 50 people have a brain aneurysm?? I didn’t either. That’s an estimated 6.5 MILLION people in the United States that have an unruptured brain aneurysm. What’s even more terrifying is that ruptured brain aneurysms are fatal about 50% of cases. And of those who survive, about 66% suffer some permanent neurological deficit. Not only do these statistics make Scott’s recovery even more miraculous, but it was also a wake up call to me that these occurrences are WAY too common without the awareness and education.
Please join us in raising awareness and funds for the Brain Aneurysm Foundation to help fight the devastation caused by brain aneurysms and save lives. You can read more about what the Brain Aneurysm Foundation does as well as make a secure donation online through our fundraising page. Every donation counts, no matter what the amount.
“I knew the terrifying statistics taking that flight from New York to Nashville that evening I received the news. But I also knew the awesome God I served. It was truly a miracle that Scooter came through that whole event unscathed. And the miracle continues as his story unfolds with his lovely wife Stephanie and sweet daughter Claire by his side! God definitely had more plans for our Scooter!”
We are so grateful every single day that Scott is still with us. I know we all can agree that he is the most amazing friend, son, brother, husband, and the best daddy to our sweet Claire.
On behalf of Scott and his friends and family, THANK YOU for your continued friendship, love, support and generosity. We are incredibly lucky to have such wonderful people who surround us everyday.
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