In less than a week Ryan will have surgery to remove the titanium mesh plate that covers roughly one-third of his skull.
This mesh was originally put in place back in the summer of 2010, roughly eight months after this part of his skull was removed to allow the brain to swell from its horrific injury. About a year ago I noticed a dimple forming (i.e., called a “defect”) by his left temple. It has slowly expanded and deepened, exposing the titanium to roughly the size of a quarter.
Following the surgery next week, Ryan will be admitted directly into the ICU for (at least) twenty-four hours for monitoring as a drain is placed to siphon blood away from the brain and scalp.
Ryan will spend the next 3 or 4 weeks absent any structural protection for his brain; where the mesh once existed. If an infection develops — which is a real possibility — this time without protection is now measured in months. Anywhere between three to six! It’s just downright scary that the only things between his brain and the world is a piece of skin and the membrane that surrounds his brain. He will wear a helmet (made of stiff foam) to give him some protection.
The last step (hopefully in a few weeks, and not months) will be another surgery. Again, a large incision will be made around the implant area and a polymer-type skull plate will be screwed in place. The skin flap from the incision will be brought back in place and stapled closed.
It just makes me sick that Ryan has to go through this. It scares me that he will be so vulnerable. It saddens me to think how he will appear. It angers me that he must.
Those heartless bastards that brought this agony upon him really should be forced to see it. Which brings me to my next request. If you haven’t already done it over the past years, please take a minute to sign the online Austin Vantrease Anti-Parole Petition. Already signed it? Well, how about asking another to do it? Ask as many as you can! Ask them to join the other 157,000 people who oppose his early release.
Austin Vantrease, criminally convicted of felonious Malicious Assault, is currently imprisoned at the St. Mary’s Correctional Center for the incarceration of “felons who have been convicted of severe crimes against man…”
The Parole Hearing for this year is now set for Wednesday, July 9th at the St. Mary’s Correctional Center. It seems unreal and incredibly unfair that in just weeks Austin Vantrease — the violent felon who kicked my unconscious son in the head like “he was punting a football” and was so violent it is described as the sound of an egg splattering on concrete — might be released into society.
It still appalls me that he is even asking for early release. Eh, just another sign of his character.
The upcoming summer is certainly not going to be an easy one on Ryan and my family. What will we do about it? You guessed it… lower our shoulders and plow through it. That’s not to say that it’s going to be easy.
It’ll hurt… bad.