My Aunt wrote me this update last night.
Please keep Faith in your prayers.
Dear Sarah ... things are about the same. It will be a very long time before the swelling goes down in her brain - she will be in hospital for at least 3 months ... or maybe longer. It will be a waiting game. Sorry I don't have much other news ... Her mother did have her out in the yard of the hospital to get some fresh air - she is strapped into the wheelchair. I attached a picture ... remember she is really non-responsive - I think you can tell by her eyes.
Last week I posted about Faith, my cousin's oldest daughter, who's in the hospital with herpes encephalitis in the brain. My Aunt has set up a trust account for donations and there has been alot of fundraising such as:
Faith's elementary school held a fundraiser for her which raised $2400!
One of my cousin's wrote:
My little Luke was very concerned when I told him about his cousin Faith being in the hospital. Leah and he will have a kool-aid stand on the weekend and will collect bottles to donate.
The company their mother works for also donated $500!
Our family has also decided to have a "cousin-wide" benefit garage sale and donate all proceeds to the fund. Some of us live away from home so this is a nice way to contribute. I have 31 first-cousins so we're a force of good when our family is in need.
For those who live outside Nova Scotia donations can be made by cheque or money order and made out to:
"Trust Fund - Faith Swinkels-MacLean a/c # 49970111" and mailed directly to the Bergengren Credit Union in Antigonish. The mailing address is: Bergengren Credit Union, 257 Main Street, Antigonish, NS B2G 2C1