(Photo by: Ariel Baeley)

Photo by: Ariel Baeley

Breaking News: DHS Alumnus, Jackson Strecher, currently in the ICU at Harris Methodist in Fort Worth

January 4, 2014

Amanda Leavell

On the afternoon of Jan. 1st, 2013, Denton High School alumnus, lead guitarist of The Lead Pipes, and current University of North Texas student, Jackson Strecher, was admitted to the Denton Presbyterian Hospital Emergency Room with severe bleeding in his brain.

After a CT scan, he was transferred via Care Flight, while his father (Mike Strecher) accompanied him, to Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. First admitted to the emergency trauma unit he has since been moved to the Neurological ICU.

“Jackson has arteriovenous malformation, abnormal connections of the veins, a tangled mess of tiny blood vessels,”  Jackson’s parents, Phaedra and Mike released in an online statement on Jackson’s gofundme.com page. “He was born with it. They now are concentrating on reducing the swelling on his brain, and then we have to decide how to remove it- with surgery or radiation. He still is not responding very much at all, and can’t talk. We are optimistic after talking to the radiologist. We haven’t talked to the surgeon yet. He is going to be in ICU for at least a week, the doctors say.”

The Doctors are taking good care of him. Thank you so much for your prayers, they mean so much to us,”

— Phaedra and Mike Strecher

Jackson’s parents and girlfriend (Ariel Bailey) are updating friends and family on Jackson’s condition on a private page for friends and family as well as accepting donations on his gofundme.com page. Jackson’s family is looking to raise about $100,000 to help fund the cost of all his medical treatments. Jackson’s gofundme.com page has raised his family $6,380.00 in the short time the site has been up.

“They are taking good care of him,” Phaedra and Mike Strecher said.  “We thank you so much for your prayers, they mean so much to us.”

You can donate money and learn more about Jackson’s recovery at www.gofundme.com/helpforjackson.

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