Friends, Community Rally Behind Connor Sibley
Ogdensburg's Connor Sibley recently suffered a catastrophic injury while skiing in Maine on a ski trip with friends from Oswego State University where he is a sophomore.
He was airlifted to a regional hospital where he has received magnificent life-giving care.
Connor has had brain surgery, a craniotomy to relieve swelling and pressure, along with a removal of a epidural hematoma. He is on a feeding tube and a ventilator until swelling is subsides in his brain.
His mother Stacy Sibley reported on a facebook video update on Wednesday that a midline shift in his brain is improving and that he is showing neurological activity and responses. "It is going to take a while but he is making small gains and I'll take it. Today the doctors told me that he would not surgery for fracture in his neck which was really good news," said Stacy Sibley who will posts video uptakes on her facebook page each night.
"He is still sedated but he is breathing better and showing neurological reactions. He is a COVID unit right now so he can't have cards and flowers, but he will be tested again tomorrow and hopefuly it will his negative in three tests. But send cards and letters to my home and I will read them to him when he wakes up. And please keep him in your thoughts and prayers, they are helping."
Cards and letters have been part of massive show of community support for Connor who is a former OFA Blue Devil athlete. Facebook has been flooded by messages of support from his friends and friends of his family. A GoFundMe account organized by Debbie Strader has drawn 612 donors and $26.999 in donations as of Wednesday night and and massive response to the sale of Sibley Strong tee-shirts by QT Laser-Design has further swelled the much-needed financial support for Connor and his family.
"My son will be so pleased when he wakes up. He will say that he has his own clothing line." said Stacy Sibley.
"Anyone who buys a shirt please take pictures of yourself in a shirt and send them to me so I can show them to Connor when he wakes up."
Links to the GoFundMe account and QT Laser Design can be found on Stacey Sibley's facebook page for anyone who wishes to help. "I can't even put into words what our wonderful community in the North Country and people from all over have done to help comfort, support, and console our family. The people here at the hospital have been amazed by the support and a member of media up here contacted me for a story. I can never repay you for what you have done, but what you have shown me has touched me and changed my life in more ways than you know. It is a most wonderful and beautiful feeling to know that my son is so loved, to know he is in so many people's prayers and well wishes," said Stacy Sibley in a facebook post. "It gives me strength and courage, something I desperately need, so I can pass it onto my son. God bless you and know that I think the world of all of you! I know that if my son could tell you, he would express the same sentiments and gratitude to you all. Please keep praying."