I was hoping to give everyone good news and at least a glimmer of hope, but that is not what we received yesterday. The Neurologist told Erin and Sam’s family that there is bleeding in the center of his brain and there is also much damage to his brain stem. The medical team will slowly take Sam off of the medication that can keep him in a coma, and after 30 days, he should be able to come out of it on his own if that is even possible. But, the horror of this story is the damage in his brain is so severe that he will most likely never recover. I can’t even write down a more descriptive explanation because it is just too painful.
As to what the future holds, it is in God’s hands. Erin is of course, with Sam as much as possible. Allison (my younger daughter) said the medical staff at the Bethesda Naval Medical Center are being wonderful to them. As Allison and Sam’s family come back home this week, Julie and I plan to take turns flying back to be with Erin.
We have received many phone calls and emails from people who have learned of this tragedy. I don’t have enough time to respond to all the emails, but I do want to thank you for your concern and prayers. It is very touching knowing there are so many people out there who care. When I told Erin how many pray chains there were going on all over the country for Sam, she broke down and cried.
Sam—I love you. You are my hero.
Tony (Sam’s father-in-law)