By Renee Bogatko, Image Credits – Help with Jacob’s rehab/gofundme
A Canberra primary school teacher goes in for high-risk surgery in Japan today, after suffering a severe brain haemorrhage while on holiday with his family.
On January 23, just hours before his flight home, Jacob Burridge complained of a headache and nausea, then fell unconscious.
He was rushed to hospital, where doctors found massive brain haemorrhages on both sides of his brain.
Jacob was put in an induced coma and has since undergone two surgeries.
His family were told to prepare for the worst, but he’s still fighting!
He’ll have major surgery today, involving three brain surgeons who’ll remove the AVM (malformed artery area), then reconnect all the veins and vessels with the other side.
The gruelling procedure could take up to 20 hours.
If Jacob makes it through today’s surgery, the plan is to keep him in an induced coma for a couple of weeks, then go from there.
The family meets with the doctors on Tuesday to discuss how the surgery went and what rehab will be required.
Jacob’s wife Waka and daughter Matia
Jacob didn’t have medical insurance for the trip, so the family face a hefty medical bill.
A GoFundMe account set up to help pay for the hospital bill and rehab has already raised over $80,000, with a $100,000 target.
Jacob’s family said they’ve been overwhelmed with support and kind messages.
“This really makes us proud of the Canberra community and takes a load of worry off us so we can focus on Jacob’s surgeries,” they wrote on the GoFundMe page.
You can show your support too, by donating online.