Bedroom for Andre, a Meningitis Survivor.

05 Dec Bedroom for Andre, a Meningitis Survivor.

My wish is for my son, Andre, to receive a bedroom set for Christmas, new Queen size mattress (he is 6 ft tall), night stand, chest) and a large screen Smart TV. I will share his story. I raised Andre being a single parent. The last nine years I have worked a volunteer outreach to the homeless population in central Phoenix. I have had very little funds.


As you will see that all Andre went through, my heart ached when he arrived home from the hospital and in an old bed, little furniture and poor curtains. But with a smile on my face for the miracle that happened to him, I went to Ross and purchased sheets, blanket and simple curtains. That was the extent I was able to do in welcoming him home. When I came across the Wishwall on Twitter, I wanted to share his story. On January 25, 2013, Andre, age 30, suffered his first ruptured brain aneurysm while working at his desk for Wells Fargo. He was taken by ambulance to John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital (Phoenix), then by helicopter to St. Joseph’s Hospital. He went into immediate surgery by staff of Barrow Neurological Institute. This 24-hour period was the beginning of miracles. Most people do not live after one ruptured brain aneurysm.


He had been in ICU for two weeks, then had a seizure and another ruptured brain aneurysm. Right when I thought he was getting stronger, he was back into surgery! The medical team did what they had been trained to do and I did not change from believing The Power of God, being surrounded by prayers of faith and miracle words of healing. He survived! Two weeks after this, they were getting ready for him to begin speech therapy, occupational and physical therapy when we noticed changes in his behavior, off he went for a CT Scan, and another aneurysm was found and back into a third surgery. This time an incision was made across his forehead, almost from ear to ear and the surgeon performed a brain bypass that closed off the ventricles on that side of the brain where the aneurysms were developing. He lived! He remained in the Hospital for three and one half months, most of this time was in ICU. I lived on a sofa behind his bed. Every couple of days I went home to change clothes and shower. My daughter would fill in for me during those hours.


During these months in ICU he developed an infection in his brain fluid – meningitis that I also stood on for The Power of God, being surrounded by prayers of faith and miracle words of healing. He came home the first week in April. He has no memory of the trauma he endured except for the headache at his job. The second week home, I had just taken him for an evaluation to enroll in out-patient therapy for speech, occupational and physical therapy, when he woke up that night with a bad headache. I called 9-1-1 and by ambulance he arrived back to St. Joseph’s Hospital. Somehow the brain fluid infection of meningitis returned. He remained in the Hospital and was finally discharged on May 9, 2013. He was our greatest blessing on Mother’s Day as he joined our family for lunch. He completed two months of out-patient therapies and today he walks and talks and his presence is an amazing testimony of healing on The Power of God, being surrounded by prayers of faith and miracle words of healing!


He still has some cognitive deficits as short-term memory loss and on daily medication for seizures. Andre has a heart of gold, he will give someone in need his last penny. I hope you can bless him with a new room in a way I never could. Thank You!

  • Simo
    Posted at 15:39h, 05 December Reply

    Hi Dorothy, thank you for sharing your story. I don’t think we will be able for Christmas but if everything goes right I am already talking with my board for next year. We will need to meet, interview you and possibly meet your son as our procedure. Are you in Philadelphia? You did not write your city. Thank you, all my prayers for you and your family!

  • Dorothy Wellington
    Posted at 15:52h, 05 December Reply

    I am so excited and grateful that you accepted and published Andre’s story. Thank you! I apologize for the oversight of our town, but we live in Phoenix, Arizona. I hope that you or someone from your organization could come to Phoenix, sincerely looking forward to meeting you!

    • Simo
      Posted at 15:59h, 05 December Reply

      We will be in Sierravista Arizona for Memorial Day. You have many months to see if it could be possible for you to come and meet us there, that would be perfect and more convenient for you then Philadelphia;) let us know and in the meantime I am so glad to have you here in The Wishwall

  • Dorothy Wellington
    Posted at 22:21h, 07 December Reply

    We do not have a vehicle, but I’m sure we could get a bus to Sierra Vista. Looking forward to our continued communication.

    • Simo
      Posted at 02:52h, 08 December Reply

      Thank you for your reply. Please keep on writing us next year so that we will also make a phone call and see each other in sierra Vista. Is your son now moving and talking?

  • Dorothy Wellington
    Posted at 07:24h, 10 December Reply

    Yes Andre is walking and talking. His recovery was miraculous, even the neuro-surgeon, Dr. Peter Nakaji, and medical team were amazed. He went from being bedridden, to a wheelchair, a walker, to fully walking on his own. In a way he was like a stroke victim, He had to learn everything over again. After the third surgery, the breathing tubes had injured his voice, when removed he could only talk in a whisper. We didn’t know if he would be healed from the injury. This was painful to hear because Andre sings, has a wonderful voice. After the procedure with the ear, nose and throat specialist–his full voice returned. He had to have 24-hour supervision at home because he would get easily disoriented and confused. The short-term memory was constant. He looks great now, there are slight indentions on the side of his temples, scars from surgeries, some numb areas on the side of his face, lost his sense of smell. Since the initial hospitalizations, he has returned twice for seizures and had to replace a new brain shunt because of another fluid infection.

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