The IBEW Local 100 and Wild Electric families would like you to hear Nicole Hagio’s story, wife of long time Wild Electric employee and Inside Apprentice, Greg Hagio.
Nicole started to notice something was "off" approximately 9 months after giving birth to her daughter. She began getting extremely dizzy and experienced headaches that would not go away. Next, she began having numbness in her extremities. Nicole visited multiple specialists for her condition beginning in 2013. The specialists included endocrinologists, back surgeons, gynecologists, and many others.
In September 2016, Nicole was struck from behind in a motor vehicle accident. Upon arrival at the ER, a CT scan discovered a very rare brain condition called Chiari 1 Malformation. Immediately following the accident, she began having extremely severe symptoms which included multiple seizures with loss of consciousness, vomiting, balance and coordination issues, pain and complete numbness in her hands and arms.
Her husband, Greg, decided to send her diagnosis to Stanford UMC to see if they could help. Nicole was immediately approved to see a Chiari Neurosurgeon. The surgeon also found a spinal fluid leak from the motor vehicle accident. Nicole went through many painful tests to try and find out where the leak was coming from. Finally, the surgeon performed a blood patch to get the spinal fluid leak to stop. The procedure provided no relief and Nicole went on to have another 8 seizures with loss of consciousness.
The Chiari specialist said it was now time to prepare for brain surgery. The surgery was called a decompression surgery with a C1 Laminectomy with Duraplasty. Nicole was admitted on April 12th for the surgery to help the flow of spinal fluid to her brain, hoping to relieve some of the symptoms. The Dr. said that once he started to operate he found a lot of damage around her spinal cord and the opening to her brain. The recovery time will be a minimum of 18 months so Nicole will not be returning to work for quite some time. Since the brain surgery she has not had one seizure or loss of consciousness! The healing process is very slow and Nicole has had some good and bad days. Following the surgery, she now has trouble with memory, finding the right words, and strength issues. Physical therapy will start once the surgeons clear it.
Nicole now requires in-home care which her husband Greg provides. We need to be their family and support system because they have no one in the area. During this long recovery time the family is suffering both physically and financially. Please open your hearts for the Hagio family. Prayers and donations are much needed and greatly appreciated!!