Our Michael Bartolo Blog

Michael Bartolo, Afghan War Hero was critically injured on September 6th 2013 in motorcycle accident.  He suffered multiple injuries and a traumatic brain injury which has left him in a minimally conscious state. He is unable to walk or talk and requires constant nursing care. 

Friday, January 4, 2019

Anthony and I had asked Mike to give us one Christmas present. To show us he is with us and can understand. We each stood on opposite sides of his and called his name to look at us. With a slight delayed reaction, this is exactly what he did.  He turned his head and eyes directly to me and then again to his father. This action is not something he would do on a regular basis.  On occasion he would turn his head only to one side.  We both couldn't be happier with this progress!

For the last three weeks, due to the holidays, we were able to bring Mike home everyday. His health has been stable and we noticed so much sound coming from him. We believe all the activity surrounding him on a daily basis is helping to keep his brain active and possibly connecting.

We continue to ask him to perform certain commands and when his father talks to him, Mike is appears to be very attentive. He has on several occasions has followed his verbal commands. He often appears to be trying to speak. he moves his jaw up and down as if he is speaking, however no sound. We believe he is trying to connect his voice and with the jaw movement. We will continue to help him break through. 

We see in him his strength and determination which he always possessed, trying so hard to communicate.  As we all know Michael was a fighter, and we believe deep down he is still fighting to come thru.  He is young and he has time on his side. Please keep your prayers coming and hold on to the Belief (which we have) that one day we will all see the miracle we've been waiting for.

Thank you all for your continued support and checking in on his progress. The Bartolo family wish you all a Very Happy and Healthy New Year !

Saturday, December 8, 2018

12-6-18 UPDATE -  Yesterday Anthony and I brought Michael to his Botox Appointment at Lutheran Hosp. The trip in the van went well and we were excited to show his neurologist a short video we took the day before of how Mike had interacted with his father. Anthony was talking with Mike and I saw how Mikes eyes were focused on his father, so I grabbed my phone and started recording.  Michael tried so hard to speak, his head lifted - mouth trying to make sense of words and finally his voice came.  It was directly to his father and it continued. Unfortunately his doctor was training an intern so I didn't have an opportunity to show her. However, during his visit, she did comment on how attentive he was and noticed how his eyes were tracking her every move. This in itself show much promise. As usual we both work every day to work on getting some kind of reaction from Mike and to keep his brain active. This we believe is most important. Again Michael has age on his side so as he progresses, we will keep you all informed.  We both which everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you for checking in
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