Traverse City Record-Eagle

September 10, 2013

Statement from Issy Stapleton's father

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Family, Friends, and everyone who has sent prayers,

I wanted to share this update on the progress of my daughter Isabelle. So many of you have followed her progress and have sent positive thoughts and prayers to her with the hope she could find a way to fight through her unresponsive state and survive. Without hesitation, I want to send out an enormous THANK YOU for the many kind words, prayers, and wishes that have been sent her way. They have made a difference. Along with the first-class medical staff in the Critical Care Unit at Devos Children’s Hospital, your efforts have given Isabelle the strength to make incredible strides in her recovery. You have given her a second chance. On Friday, after three days in the ICU, she was still unresponsive and had confirmed brain damage. After not seeing any changes in her condition, it was decided Friday evening to remove Isabelle from the ventilator. She responded by breathing on her own for the rest of the evening. The following morning, she awoke from her four day “coma-like” state asking questions, making requests, and quite incredibly, showing signs of the amazing young woman she is. For three days, she was hooked up to machines and showed very little progress. Fast forward 24 hours and we are out of the critical unit, completely independent, and beginning discussions about the extent of her brain damage. She has smiled and is now walking and talking. It is nothing short of a miracle. While she still has several obstacles to overcome, we are extremely hopeful with this unbelievable turn of events.

The Stapleton Family would like to thank all of you who have come together to support, encourage, and pray for our little girl. We will forever be grateful for your efforts. We also thank the many medical professionals we will continue to work with in the hopes of a realistic recovery. We have never been so optimistic.

In this story, however tragic the details, there will always be a happy ending. Isabelle is alive. With continued support and prayer, she will continue to fight for the best possible recovery.

Respectfully and thoughtfully yours,

The Matt Stapleton Family (The Isabelle Stapleton Family)