Letter from Mike McKenna

Dear Paratus family:

As you may have already heard, my eldest son, Seamus, suffered a severe injury to his head in Boulder, CO early last Saturday morning. We don’t know how, and he obviously can’t tell us. Sunday and Monday he was making slight but discernible improvement. After lunch time yesterday, however, he was barely responsive, and one of his pupils was significantly dilated. So the neurosurgeon made the call to operate and perform what's called a craniotomy. They removed a piece of his skull (about the size of your palm) and gave his swelling brain room to swell. After the surgery yesterday, the doctor said it went well; he's off the ventilator breathing on his own (good), and his pupils returned to normal (good), all his numbers look good. Once they got him settled in his ICU room, we went to see him. He looked pitiful, in my opinion, but he was resting well. Today, he opened his eyes, tried to speak some, and even sang a little bit of “Amazing Grace” with his eldest sister! (Seamus loves to sing, and he has a beautiful voice!) Right now, he’s spiking a fever, and this has the nurses concerned. It’s very much two steps forward, one step back. The Lord has been very gracious to us all the way. His three sisters are all here, which has been a great encouragement to him (and to my wife and me and well!)

Moving forward...Chris is going to stay here for the next few weeks to stay with Seamus. Since a portion of his skull is here in Boulder, we can't take him home with us to Houston...yet. It may be four to six weeks until he can leave. We're going to figure the rest out as we go.

God has been very faithful through this all: a car loaned to us as long as we need it from a friend of a friend, an apartment to crash in while we need it from a Colleague who lives here, but just happens to be house-sitting somewhere else. Christian nurses who obviously care and pray for Seamus. On and on...! Please pray for Seamus’ complete recovery, and for all the unknowns of the weeks and months ahead. He's got a long road of recovery ahead of him.