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Community Rallies Around Brewster Family To Aid Young Stroke Victim

Joey Cipriani with his daughter.
Joey Cipriani with his daughter. Photo Credit: GoFundMe

BREWSTER, N.Y. -- A GoFundMe campaign has been launched for a Brewster family facing a medical challenge involving a young boy.

The campaign was started by Holly Myslim-Cipriani for her son, Joey, who suffered a stroke.

Joey was rushed to Putnam Hospital on March 26, unable to breathe. He was later sent to Westchester Medical Center and had double pneumonia, sepsis, flu, and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Myslim-Cipriani said.

He was put on a machine that pumped in oxygen for two weeks. Once he was removed from the machine, he was unresponsive, and a test revealed he had a massive stroke from a blood clot from the machine, Myslim-Cipriani said.

Since then, Joey has had bypass surgery twice and is slowly becoming responsive.

"Tiny steps each day," Myslim-Cipriani said. "Bringing my granddaughter to see her daddy seems to be one of the best medicines for him. It's going to be a very long recovery for him."

Myslim-Cipriani said she did not know how long Joey will be in the hospital. Following his hospital stay, he will go to a rehabilitation center to learn how to walk, talk and eat again.

As a result of taking care of her granddaughter, Myslim-Cipriani said they have fallen behind on everything.

"I had a few friends convince me to start this campaign and not be ashamed to ask for some help," Myslim-Cipriani said. "We so appreciate it. Prayers are needed, too. I believe that is what also has gotten us through this nightmare. Every little bit will help."

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