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Charlee Shaw back in pediatric ICU after suffering complications during surgery



Charlee Shaw had returned to the PICU at Aurora's Children Hospital on Wednesday night after complications from surgery. (Photo courtesy of the Shaw family)

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1; Clark's resident Brett Shaw found himself sitting by the bed of his 6-year-old daughter at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of Children's Hospital Aurora on Wednesday night, leaning on her faith in God and asking for prayers to help her daughter once again.

"When all this started, I reached out to try to reach people," Shaw said. "We asked for prayers on Facebook, CaringBridge, and I started calling people in my network of friends and family. We did the best we could to try to get the word out there that we needed prayers for a specific time and for a A very specific thing: it was very comforting. "

His daughter Charlee, who sustained fatal injuries in a Christmas night accident on Interstate 70 that killed her mother and wife Sancy, was back fighting for his life. Brett had brought Charlee to the hospital Tuesday, a day before a surgery scheduled for Wednesday morning to place a cranial flap on a portion of Charlee's skull that had to be removed to relieve pressure after the accident.

"We had five dates on Tuesday," Brett said. "They looked into her eyes, and they looked at her leg, and they were both good. She was allowed to do any kind of activity she wants regarding her leg. Her head is another story." [19659003] Brett said Wednesday's intervention went well.

"While she was coming out of the anesthesia, she was able to speak, and we played some war with her right hand" Brett said. "The traumaturgist surgeon came in to see how he was and started talking to her and trying to convince her to react. She wasn't very reactive unless she was crying, and her right leg and right arm didn't work at all. "

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The surgeon asked for an emergency MRI and they discovered that Charlee was bleeding on her brain and a blood clot. Less than 20 minutes after MRI, Charlee was back in surgery.

"They had to completely cancel everything they did in the morning," Brett said. "They had to open the access again, take off the skull, find the clot, find the bleeding and fix it, then put the cap back on and sew it up again."

After the second surgery, which lasted about 2 and a half hours, Brett found himself in the PICU for another sleepless night.

"You know the doctors are working to relieve the pressure on the brain that is causing his paralysis to his right," Brett said. "You also know that every time you have surgery like this it's the potential for a catastrophic failure, so that night was a real concern."

Thursday afternoon, Charlee was still in the PICU. He has already met with occupational, speech and physical therapists, who are currently evaluating it, and the doctors will wait and see if there are long-term effects.

"With this surgery to replace the skull flap, she would have been in the hospital for five days for monitoring," Brett said. "So, in a sense, we're still on this program, but this added another element, and probably will be a little longer."

The 6-year-old spent almost two months in hospitalized by a long list of injured in the accident before returning home on 20 February in streets lined with large crowds of people with signs and applause to show their support for the family, which also includes the three brothers of Charlee Jaxon, 9; Mason, 11; and Wyatt, 13

"Hopefully, we should go back to the sixth floor today," Brett said Thursday. "This is an indication that it is medically stable … that's what the goal is today."

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, send an e-mail to jrussell@SteamboatPilot.com or follow him on Twitter @ Framp1966.


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