Darryl Fullwood BenefitWritten by Don Lee | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Darryl Fullwood is fighting to recover from a stroke.
His daughter’s quick thinking bought him his chance to fight — so says his family.
Fullwood, who was already seeing a heart doctor after an earlier stroke, had returned home from work one day in January and headed upstairs.
Daughter Victoria answered the phone when her mother, Vicki, called to say she was heading home from work and asked to speak to Fullwood, about whom she was worried because doctors had discovered a blood clot near his heart over the weekend.
Victoria went upstairs, found her dad on the floor, and told her mom she had to hang up — which she did, then called 911.
The dispatcher asked a couple questions, and determined from Victoria’s answers it was time to send the ambulance.
Victoria knew what to do, and to not waste time doing it, because her mom had sat her down only the night before to tell her about the early warning signs of a stroke, information a family member had passed on from post making its rounds on Facebook.
“After she told me that, I got all the information I could,” Victoria said.
One thing the family credits for saving Fullwood’s life is a procedure brought to Toledo by two doctors at ProMedical Toledo Hospital and the University of Toledo Medical Center and detailed in the Free Press in August.
Dr. Mouhammad Jumaa and Dr. Syed Zaidi brought with them from Pittsburgh a procedure whereby blood clots, especially in the brain, are treated in a manner similar to cardiac catheterization, instead of by more-invasive surgery.
The procedure was used to treat a clot found behind Fullwood’s heart.
Now Victoria is helping her dad — and her mom — recover. Dad’s learning to walk and talk and otherwise function again, and mom’s keeping the family fed and together. Little brother Damien, 5, understands something bad happened the day Daddy was on the floor, but he’s been able to spend the night at the hospital with his dad and understands he will eventually be OK.
The stroke took her dad’s speech away, but “he’s trying. You can hear him. He’s starting to walk, he’s speaking again. He’s trying to talk, do all the things he was doing before,” Victoria said.
“(Victoria) doesn’t realize what she did was kind of amazing,” said Angie Schutt, Victoria’s aunt and Vicki Fullwood’s sister. “(She said,) ‘Wasn’t that what I was supposed to do?’”
Angie Schutt is also trying to do what she feels she’s supposed to do: Help however she can. She’s the driving force and public voice behind a fundraiser and raffle the family has planned in May.
“I’ve known him 19 years now,” Schutt said of the man who married her sister. “He’s like a real brother to me.”
Though things like the Family and Medical Leave Act have helped, in giving Vicki Fullwood time off to care for her husband without fear of losing her job, those things don’t last forever.
Vicki Fullwood’s co-workers at Buckeye Cable have been generous with their time and money, Angie Schutt said. But even so, the medical bills and incidental expenses such as gas to go to and from the hospital and therapy sessions don’t stop piling up — seven figures and climbing, she said.
“I have no other way to help my sister financially,” she said. “I’m a single mom myself. and the only way I can help is the fundraiser, so she doesn’t have to worry where her next meal is coming from.”
Response has already been heartwarming, Schutt said. In one instance, she approached the manager of a local Shoe Carnival to ask about a donation of merchandise. She left with a personal donation from the manager.
The fundraiser and raffle will begin at 5 p.m. May 24 and ending at 2:30 a.m. the next day at The Venue, 4725 Woodville Road, Northwood, in front of Woodville Mall.
DJ Bobby D, comedians Terry Rook Jr. and Dick Pretzel, and local cover band Caught in the Boogie will donate their time to provide entertainment.
Taco dinners will be sold all night.
There will be a family time with children’s games from 5-8 p.m.
A silent auction and reverse raffle will include a chance to be an extra in a local independent film , a 24-inch Patriot Fire Pit valued at $374.99, a silver necklace valued at $175.
Additionally, Nationwide Auto on Woodville Road offers to donate $75 to the family for every car sold to a customer who mentions the benefit to the dealership.
Read the Fullwood family’s online journal at www.caringbridge.org