It has been a tough couple of days for Kevin, both physically and emotionally.
Kevin underwent a procedure to put in place a permanent pacemaker, which will help ensure he doesn’t have any heart issues at the rehab facility. The pacemaker is now in place and he is recovering from that procedure. Unfortunately, however, Kevin’s left lung collapsed during the procedure, so the doctors had to put a temporary tube in his lung to re-inflate it. It’s not the best news, but the situation is being managed. Kevin also ran up against a blocked feeding tube. After some work and some X-rays it seems that the doctors have been able to get that up and running again.
The last few days have also been tough because Kevin has had to grapple with the news that his injury may be worse than initially suspected. There are some indications that the bullet and its percussive effect may have done damage further up the spine, which means Kevin may have less control than we anticipated. Much of this is still unknown and will take a full evaluation with the people at the rehab hospital to have a better sense of what the future holds. We don’t have to tell you that Kevin is a fighter, and we are sure his willpower and hard work will have a huge impact on any outcome the doctors expect. Once we have a clearer picture from the rehab specialists we will certainly share it with all of you.
We are expecting that Kevin will move to rehab in the next few days. Dad, Kathy and JP are headed over to Magee Rehabilitation tomorrow to see the facility and get more information. Please stay tuned for updated room and visitor information.
Bill Burland said:
Keep up the fight Kevin
Mike, Liz & Tori said:
Prayers that Kevin regains his strength and momentum in getting through this. I believe the Neary blood is quite thick, and if anyone can push forward through this life battle, it is a Neary.
Your family is always in our prayers and we look forward to Kevin’s recovery..for you all.
God Bless You All!
Thanks for the update Chris, you are all in my thoughts….
Kevin and your family are in my waking thoughts each day. You are all very blessed to have each other during this tragic affair. You are all wonderful people.
Chris, as always, thank you for the update. I wanted to visit Kevin the past few days, but I know he was not up for it..You are all in my prayer’s, especially my “BUDDY”, Kevin. I know he’s a fighter and will get through this. Keep FIGHTING the FIGHT..
LOVE YA BUDDY!!!!!!
I will continue to keep Kevin and your family in my prayers. He is so blessed to have such a strong, loving family. It’s no wonder he is such a fighter – he has so many people cheering him on. Stay strong.
Sandy Huddle said:
You are a remarkable tower of courage, strength and inspiration to all those who know you and have come to know you over the past few weeks. You and your family are in the thoughts and prayers of many. Sending you blessings!
Joel Newman said:
Thinking about Kevin and the rest of the Neary clan every day. Praying for your strength during this challenging time!
Susan Graeser (@sssuzy) said:
My thoughts are with you all.
Elizabeth Johnson said:
We continue to pray! Magee is an excellent rehab. If it can be done anywhere, it can be done there.
Laura (Hansell) Smolenski said:
Thinking about you Kevin.
Barbara Stobart said:
Lots of thoughts and prayers for Kevin and the Neary family. Be strong.
Barbara Stobart and family
Did Kevin get a greenfield filter put in his abdomen to prevent blood clots from traveling to his lungs.?
The Ewing Family said:
We are praying for you all and for the medical professionals who are caring for you. God bless your spirit and God bless the work being done.
Jackie anastasia said:
Thanks for the updates. Kevin is in for a long haul but with his family, friends, and new found friends praying for him he will survive. Rome wasnt build in a day it takes time to get there the people at Magee are one of the best. Keep your chin up Kevin God is on your side to help you.
Hey Kevin….. Stay strong and keep FIGHTING THE FIGHT Buddy!
There isn’t an hour that goes by that I’m not thinking ahd praying for you and the entire Neary Family…
Hang in there Kevin we think about u everyday n r praying 🙂 I know it is hard but stay positive .
Lauren Kestel said:
Coming from a speech therapist in the area who knows a lot about the different rehab facilities, Magee is a WONDERFUL place and does excellent things with spinal cord injuries! It is “the” place to go in this area for spinal cord rehab.
So sorry to hear that things have been rough the past few days. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you!
So many of us in the Northern Liberties neighborhood are thinking of you and your family during this extremely difficult time. Magee is a terrific place and Kevin will be in good hands. Your neighbors (even the ones that didn’t get to know you) are pulling for you, your family and close friends. Keep the faith.
Susan A said:
My heart goes out to Kevin and pray he continues to fight. I am so sorry to hear of this news. Praying when Kevin gets to rehab he shows everyone who is boss! 🙂 Sending positive thoughts and praying for a faster recovery than anyone ever would expect.
Much love and prayers to Kevin.
Although I’ve never met Kevin, my husband and I have been following his story. We keep Kevin in our prayers and ask God to give him strength. Please let him know that there are so many people pulling for him and sending him positive energy. Never, ever lose hope.
vincent Lamont said:
Stay strong, Kevin. We are all pulling for you and family. You’re in our daily thoughts and prayers.
Gary B said:
Praying for you every day Kevin!
Denise DelPizzo Braud said:
There will be bumps in the road, but love and faith will cushion them all. With the thoughts and prayers of so many, the endless support of family and friends, and the strength and courage of Kevin himself, these rough patches are sure to be fewer and farther between, May God bless you all.
Pam Clinton Seibert said:
Hi Joe and Chris,
Can you all tell your dad to send me an email when he is ready to speak with Adam? When you all are ready. Keep the faith!
Kevin…you and you’re entire family are in my mind constantly! We all love you, buddy. Keep fighting….<3 Much love is being sent your way ❤
Marco Gidaro said:
And praying for you Kevin.
Lori Frantz said:
Keep up the fight, Kevin! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Katerina & Andrew said:
Thinking about Kevin. Agreed about Magee, they are tremendous. Will continue to pray for him and the family everyday .