On Wednesday, December 1, 2010, Mark was assaulted by his brother. He was hit in the head with a shovel handle and punched in the head repeatedly. He was taken to the emergency room due to bleeding from his ears and nose, and he was incoherent. By the time I arrived at the hospital, he was sedated and intubated. He was taken to have a CT of his head when 2 brain bleeds were discovered. He was rushed into emergency surgery to try and stop the bleeding. After 11 hours and 3 different surgical attempts, the bleeding was contained. He was taken into the OR a 4th time to relieve the pressure of a blood clot on the optical nerve of his left eye. He has multiple fractures in his skull and face. Once he is stable from the brain injuries he will need facial reconstructive surgery.
Currently, he is still in critical condition. The nurses and doctors say that all of his numbers are good (blood pressure, heart rate, intracranial pressure, sodium). Today they inserted a feeding tube through his mouth because there is too much facial damage to risk going through his nose. He is sedated and still intubated in order to keep his brain from working too hard and increasing the cranial pressure. There is no timeline for anything at this point. We are taking things hour by hour and day by day.
We appreciate all of the kind words of support and offers of help. We know there have been many prayers said on our behalf and we know they are helping, not only with his condition, but with our hearts and souls. Please continue to remember us in your prayers. There will be a family and ward fast this Sunday on our behalf.