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Yesterday I was given the news that my brother's son's had met with a tragic accident on a construction job site. They had been electrocuted and feel 3 stories off a ladder. The electricity had passed through one brother into the other and literally BLEW them off the ladder and out of their shoes. The oldest had been declared brain dead late yesterday afternoon and disconnected from life support and the other has no memory of the event. To top things off, I was also notified that my father, who is in the end stages of Alzheimer's could pass at any time.

Needless to say when I went to bed last night, I did not sleep and really didn't want to attend a sew-in with my once a month group. I went on the insistence of my DH who said I needed the diversion while waiting for the call to say that my nephew had passed. So I went but did not stay long. Did I mention I had forgotten to take along my phone! So untypical of me.

Well, when I got home there was a message on my phone to call my brother. I figured it was to tell me that Brandon had passed. Boy did I get a wonderful surprise. It appears that sometime during the wee hours of the morning Brandon started registering brain activity again, his pupils are not reacting to light AND he is struggling to breathe on his own. The doctor's have said it is nothing short of a miracle; however, he is NOT out of the woods as yet and will have a long road to recovery. There is not guarantee that he will not have suffered some brain damage, only time will tell. He has severe burns all over his body and his younger brother not only has severe burns all over his legs and feet but has absolutely NO memory of the event. Some things are best NOT remembered, I guess.

Thanks to all who have said prayers for my nephews and their family. Please keep the prayer chain going as they both of a long road to recovery. In the meantime, the police are investigating as are governmental authorities, into not only the accident but the person who hired them. The ENTIRE crew was being paid under the table to do the job so the company didn't have to pay worker's comp, health insurance, etc.

Terri at the Drake's Nest glad that when God answers prayers, sometimes the answer is yes!

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Comment by Marianne on October 21, 2013 at 8:55pm

 Terri,  I was so sorry to read of your family tragedy, how cruel life can be at times, I pray for the Lord's will to be done and the family are given continued strength. What an emotional rollercoaster you are experiencing, your brother must not know which way to turn, words just escape me at such a sad time. My prayers are with you all. Peace be your guide.

Comment by Terri D. on October 21, 2013 at 1:11pm

I spoke with my brother a little while ago and my nephew is steadily going down hill once again. While the cooling appeared to be helpful, it now looks like it's causing his body to start shutting down. They are slowly raising his body temp to see if they can once again change the cycle, but it is not looking promising. His pupils are once again fixed and dilated and there is little to no brain activity. They had put him back on the ventilator to make his struggled breathing easier and my brother will have to make a decision within the next 24 hours as to whether or not to continue. He plans on donating whatever organs can be used to try to help someone else live. It is a hard decision and one that his surviving son will not accept. That young man is going through a lot of anger and not willing to deal with the current situation. He does not remember the accident and feels guilt that his body was the vessel by which his brother also was electrocuted. He does not want to see charges filed against the owner of the construction company because this man had "helped" him during some financial problems and by giving him a job. Apparently, this is how the entire crew is made up and it is not the first time he has been in trouble with OSHA or the law on his practices. My brother intends to prosecute him and the apartment complex that did the hiring of the company with criminal charges and damages. No one from the company has inquired as to how either of my nephews are doing or even attempted to visit. The surviving nephew has to have reconstructive surgery to deal with the holes blown out of the bottom of his feet from the electrocution, for skin grafts to deal with the burns and for some broken bones. Both boys were living away from home at the time of the accident and on their own so we have no idea what will happen once the medical bills start coming in.

Wish I had better news to give, for a while it was looking promising. My brother and I think that his son is getting tired of fighting. Thankfully, he doesn't appear to be in any kind of pain, but since we don't know what, if anything, he can feel at this point in time that is an unknown.

Thanks to everyone for their prayers and thoughts. We all appreciate it and God Bless each and everyone of you.

Comment by Pam/NY on October 21, 2013 at 7:08am

Thanks for the update...having been an ICU nurse...cooling is definitely the treatment.
That second doctor needs to be retrained...

Comment by AidaCJ/NH on October 21, 2013 at 7:02am

My prayers are with your nephews and your family. 

Comment by Linda "Sue" Robertson, TN on October 21, 2013 at 3:10am

As I was reading your last comment, the cool method sounded the better of the two.  Also swelling causes pain and this should spare him more pain.  There are awesome prayer warriors on QWU, God will keep your brother in the Shadow of His Wing. Psalm 91.

Comment by Terry F on October 20, 2013 at 7:55pm
Wow, please add my prayers for your family, Terri.
Comment by June Johnson/Wi on October 20, 2013 at 7:43pm

Thoughts and prayers are with you.  God will bring all of you through this.  I know; He brought us through the death of our dear son.  This next Sat is the 12th anniversary of his death from testicular cancer.  We treasure his memory in our hearts and out loud.

Comment by Donna Sykes on October 20, 2013 at 6:32pm

You and your family are in my prayers. Keep positive.

Comment by Barbara Graham on October 20, 2013 at 5:14pm

Such a tragedy--and a miracle. Please keep us posted.

Comment by Terri D. on October 20, 2013 at 5:09pm

I spoke with my brother today and he has been in consult with two doctor's there who have differing opinions on how they should proceed. One wants to keep my nephew's body temperature low, which allows for the brain swelling to shrink and allows the brain to heal. The down side is that he cannot eat and will be prone to infection. The other doctor wants to raise his body temperature which will raise his blood pressure and cause the swelling I the brain to increase. He would be able to take nourishment but runs the risk of extreme complications caused by the increased blood pressure and pressure on the brain. My brother has elected to go with the first recommendation and has more faith in this doctor. The other seems to be too quick to try other avenues without thinking them out and does not listen to my brother's concerns or the concerns of his other doctors. While the low body temperature is risky, it is not as risk as bringing the body temperature up to normal. We shall see, I just keep praying that he continues on his upward trend. Only the man upstairs knows what the final outcome will be. Should it completely pull through, there is a question as to whether or not he will have cognitive problems, like someone recovering from a stroke. Only time will tell.

Thank you all for your prayers, your best wishes and encouraging comments. No parent should have to bury their child. Two months before my DH and I were married, his only child, his son, was killed in a horrendous auto accident. I do not want this pain for my brother.

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