Thursday November 6, 2008

Help Ryan Jacque.

Ryan D. Jacque, a local wildlife and portrait artist, father and devoted husband has suffered a traumatic head and leg injury while hunting on November first. He was flown to UMASS Medical Center in Worcester , MA where he underwent head surgery to repair several fractures to his skull and to relieve pressure from his brain and behind his eyes. He also has several fractures to his right femur and facial bones. The head surgery was successful and Ryan has been kept in a medically induced coma to keep his intracranial pressure low while we monitor the swelling in his brain. He has needed blood transfusions as a result of bleeding from his leg injuries and we now know that they will go into repair the fractures to his leg sooner than expected because of this bleeding. We have seen some slight improvements over the last couple of days. His vital signs have been stable and his intracranial pressure has been within normal limits. He is moving all his extremities slightly, but remains heavily sedated. As you can imagine there is a long road to recovery ahead for Ryan and our family. The continued overwhelming support, well wishes and love from all of you has made and will continue to make this slow recovery much easier for us. A benefit fund has been set up in Ryan’s name to help alleviate the financial strain during this stressful time. Contributions can be made at any Country Bank for Savings under Ryan D. Jacque Benefit Fund or through a PayPal link on Ryan's website, Updates on my brother's condition will be posted on his site as his recovery continues. These first few days are crucial and Ryan has been receiving exceptional care. We want to thank everyone for their support - it means more than we can say. If you cannot make a contribution, please at least go to his website and check out his work; Thank you all, Lou Jacque and family

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