Imagine being woke up in the middle of the night by police informing you that a family member has suffered a life threatening condition on the other side of the planet. That’s exactly what happened to a local family on Monday.
Matthew Clement, at the young age of 25, had an opportunity to fulfill a dream so decided to take advantage of a two year Working Vacation Program in Australia.
Shortly after attending work on Monday June 10th, Matt was sent home by his employer as he visibly wasn’t feeling well. During his commute, he almost lost consciousness resulting in his vehicle leaving the highway and coming to a stop. A passing motorist stopped to lend assistance and found him in extreme duress at which time an ambulance was dispatched to take him to a nearby hospital. He was diagnosed as suffering from a life threatening brain aneurysm and immediately flown to Brisbane where he underwent emergency brain surgery to remove a blood clot and clamp the vessel that ruptured due to this clot.
His parents, Treena and Bruce Clement and brother Devan, reside here in Sault Ste. Marie, ON. The couple have been known over the years for their generosity and desire to help out those in need in any way possible.
In a recent Facebook post, Matt’s father Bruce provided the following update for all the family and friends who have been passing along kind thoughts and prayers for Matt’s speedy recovery:
“Matt is currently under 24 hour supervision in order for them to properly assess what immediate, short-term and long-term outcome will be from the trauma he suffered. We were cautioned that it has only been 3 days and there is a long road ahead. They are also unable to answer the big questions we have such as whether or not his memory or thought processes would be impacted in any way.
Providing that he still continues to have good days and the swelling in his brain subsides enough, the next steps will be for the team to make plans to repair the damaged blood vessel which is currently clamped, ensure there is no additional bleeding and replace the section of his skull which they had to remove. We are being told that the anticipated time frame for all this to happen will most likely be around 2-3 weeks.
They were unable to provide us with any estimations at this time as to when he would be well enough for us to bring him back to Canada to start rehab.”
The family continues to be on an emotional roller coaster with both Matthew’s current condition as well as the mounting expenses associated with such a traumatic situation.
A friend of the family has started a gofundme page to assist the family during these challenging times.