*** Sarah Michael passed away early this morning. Sarah let the family know it was time and she went peacefully surrounded by loved ones. ***
Thank you for your continued support and prayers. We will keep this fund opened in efforts to help defray incurred medical expenses during Sarah’s time in intensive care.
You can donate buy purchasing items or donating to the family directly through this site.
Please check out coffee mug with the design painted by Sarah. It is absolutely beautiful – just as Sarah was!
Thank you for supporting the Michael family during this most difficult time.
God bless you,
This Fund was created to help defray expenses associated with Sarah Michael’s medical treatment. Sarah Michael – Sarah has a passion for art and often spoke of finding a way to incorporate art into a career. She especially enjoys drawing, paint, clay. She recently took a workshop on stained glass and found a new outlet for her creativity. She enjoys sharing her art with friends and inspiring creativity in others.
- She is a voracious reader – often with several books going at a time.
- Sarah’s loves: birds, rainbows, texting funny memes to friends, and
- pretty much anything sweet.
- She often refers to our dog, Norman, as her “furry brother” since she is otherwise an only child.
- She has growing skill with archery and target marksmanship.
- She is frustrated by math but enjoys science.
- She loves and is loved by friends and family.
Sarah experienced spontaneous bleeding in her brain Wednesday evening, June 26, 2019. It was caused by an abnormal/weak blood vessel that has been there since birth but we were simply unaware of until now. Due to her age and the nature of her symptoms (seizures & unresponsiveness), we had her transported to UIHC. She was taken immediately to surgery and had a procedure to help remove the pressure on her brain caused by the bleeding. Her heart stopped twice during surgery but she made it through and was transferred to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). Joey (my husband) and I were told to say our good-byes and we nearly lost her again that first night in the PICU. It has been touch and go with brief periods of stability ever since. Sarah continues to have significant swelling in her brain from the bleed though it appears the bleeding itself spontaneously stopped for now. She is not stable enough at this point to have intervention that could prevent future bleeding. She had an MRI that showed another area of her brain that her doctors are debating to be a stroke vs tumor (a whole other level of scary). She has equipment to help her breath and many medications that are supporting her. She is off paralysis and sedation now and has begun to have some modest response to neurological exam. Both her short and long term prognosis is tenuous at best. Because of this, it is impossible to tell how badly her brain has been damaged and it is still very uncertain if she will survive at all. That being said, Sarah is a tough cookie and she is receiving excellent care. She was born 2 1/2 months early and spent that time in the neonatal ICU so she is not a stranger to intensive care. She has family and close friends who love her beyond measure. She is a child of God. Stay or go, she will be OK. Knowing that is one of the (sometimes very hard to recognize) blessings in this whole thing. Stacy Michael (Mom)