A childhood friend and classmate of my son is fighting for her life. Twenty-five year old Shealyn Thomson (below), formerly of Thornton, NH, and now living in Maine developed a mass on one of the arteries near her heart on February 12. An infection swept through her body causing multiple organ failure and she has been fighting for her life ever since.
You may know Shea from the Coyote Grill in Waterville Valley or True Colors Print & Design in Plymouth. Her parents, Janice and Michael Lambrecht, worked in Waterville Valley for many years – Mike as chef at the Conference Center, Janice in marketing and sales, and together at their own restaurant, Latitudes, in Town Square. Janice has been a long-time employee of the Common Man family of restaurants.
Janice is on leave from her job and has been a fixture at Shea’s bedside ever since Shea was admitted to ICU at Central Maine Medical Center. She provides daily updates on her Facebook page – many of them just heartbreaking, but always with the hope and faith that Shea will make a complete recovery. Yesterday Janice wrote:
Shea is having complications with her stomach that’s making her regurgitate. It’s been three nights in a row and with the trach and all it is very, very painful for her! I don’t know many people that don’t want their moms around when this happens even at my age! Other than that Shea is communicating a lot more by writing on paper. She is very curious of her surroundings and wants to know everything. She smiles at family and friends’ pictures and blows a kiss to everyone that leaves the room. Her swollen body is showing much improvement and soon will look like our tiny Shea again…Thank you to all that continue to pray that Shea will make it through this terrifying ordeal and will come home to New Hampshire! I love you Shea!
Shea’s medical bills will undoubtedly be astronomical. Shea’s friends and family have set-up an online fundraiser. If you’re able, please consider making a contribution – anything will help!
A fundraising event at the Country Cow restaurant in Campton is in the planning stages. Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 12. Items are needed for a silent auction. An account is also being set-up at the Community Guaranty Savings Bank in Campton. I’ll provide more details as I receive them. In the meantime, please let me know if you’d like to donate an item to the silent auction. I’ll be happy to pick-up or you can drop-off at my office in the Waterville Valley Realty building (41 Valley Road). I can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 603-236-3333.