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May 2017 - Feature Article
by Sherry Thrift Bradshaw

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May 2017 - Feature Article

Life took an unexpected turn for our family on Saturday night, January 14, when I received a call from Cassidy, our son Brewer’s fiancé. Brewer, a Clemson University graduate, had been living in the upstate for the past several years and working in the family business.

“Mrs. Bradshaw,” Cassidy said, panic making her voice tremble, “There’s something wrong with Brewer. He can’t speak. He’s not responding. Can you please come?”

Thankfully I was only half a mile away visiting my dad in Seneca, instead of 90 miles away in Columbia where we call home. I threw on a sweatshirt and slippers and rushed to Brewer’s house. To my horror, Cassidy hadn’t exaggerated. Like a zombie from a nightmare, Brewer was standing in his den, eyes wide open and unresponsive.

What happened next is a blur. Two emergency rooms—Oconee, then Greenville Memorial—and then he finally landed in Greenville Memorial’s Neuro Intensive Care.

A day later, after 24 hours of “emergency room fog,” I was finally allowed to enter Brewer’s room. Doctors had tried to prepare us for what we would see. They explained how they had placed Brewer in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator.

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