We are thankful every day to Dr. Fabi and Dr. Walsh and all of the staff at Bronson

Melissa , Family Member

Andrew Larson’s Story

It was Tuesday, December 29, 2009. Christmas was over, the kids were enjoying their new toys. After breakfast, I went upstairs to my computer while my husband worked on his computer at the kitchen table. Out of nowhere, I heard a blood curdling scream in the living room. I ran down the stairs and found that Andrew had fallen and hit his head on an antique trunk with sharp metal corners that served as our coffee table. I soothed him, and he seemed to be okay. After about 20 minutes, I noticed a small red bump on his temple. In his two- year old voice, he said, “it hurts.” There was no blood and it was a small, pink bump. Shortly after, he started to become very lethargic, and then he vomited. We immediately dropped everything to take Andrew to the emergency room at Oaklawn Hospital. Initially, it was thought that Andrew had a concussion, but once a CT scan was performed, there were 11 medical staff in the room and they were intubating Andrew and said that they needed to take him to Bronson Kalamazoo Hospital immediately. They were in communication with Neurosurgeon, Jon Walsh from Bronson. Dr. Walsh determined that he had an epidural hematoma, which is a clot from bleeding outside the brain, but inside the skull. He needed brain surgery immediately.
He was transported to Bronson via ambulance. I rode in the ambulance and my husband followed behind in our vehicle. When we arrived, 35 minutes later, they wheeled out a gurney and immediately took him into surgery. It was so fast, we didn’t even have a chance to give him a kiss. After about 30 minutes, Dr. Alain Fabi and Dr. Jon Walsh emerged from the operating room with a smile on their face, surgery went well. A craniotomy was performed and the blood clot was removed. Andrew was in the ICU for 5 days. I remember that one of his eyes was swollen shut, but the first time my parents and his sister arrived, he gave them a huge “Andrew” smile! Things were going to be okay. I asked Dr. Fabi if he would ever be the same again and he said, “I don’t have a crystal ball, but I think this will be nothing but a bad memory and he will be just fine.” He was right! After about 8 weeks of physical therapy and re-learning some things at home, he started to become himself again. He was two years old and had to re-learn to walk. When he took his first steps, I was taking a much-needed nap. He wanted to find me and pulled himself up with all of his might and started walking…..”where’s mommy?”, he said to his dad. Imagine how happy I was when he found me.
Today, Andrew is an 13-year old spunky boy! He plays football and basketball, golfs, fishes, plays the trumpet, and is full of life. His friends call him, “Scoon” and he is the life of the party!! He is adored by his sister, parents, grandparents, aunt, uncles, cousins, and friends. We are thankful every day to Dr. Fabi and Dr. Walsh and all of the staff at Bronson who cared for him. What a blessing, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.