- Posted February 23, 2013 by
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This past Easter Sunday (April 8, 2012) my 60 year old brother, John Davenport, was playing soccer after church. After the game, he walked back into his church to change. He greeted women in the kitchen and went into a side room. He was found after an unknown amount of time later dead from a massive heart attack.
He was revived by EMTs and taken to St John’s Macomb Hospital in Warren MI. He was put on life support, and I am told he had “no upper level brain function”. On April 16, he was taken off life support; his wife was told he might have 4 or 5 hours to live.
The next morning, when his wife and her sister came to his room the next morning, he turned to them and said “help me”.
To make a long story shorter, he is now recovering, learning to walk and talk, etc. again.
The problem is the pace of his recovery. Insurance only covers about 20 visits a year for physical therapy, and I don’t know any details about occupational or speech therapy. In addition, the co-payments are high for the family to afford, and he will need heart surgery when he is physically able.
I do know that since his initial run of therapy ran out he hasn’t had any more physical therapy. I’ve tried to interest a couple of local Physical Therapy places in doing pro bono work. Even with the rarity of the case and potential as positive publicity, they have not volunteered their services.
Please let me know If you have any ideas or can be of assistance in this matter.