LEXINGTON, Ky. − UK HealthCare's Kentucky Children's Hospital will benefit from the Unity Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at the Clay Community Center in Mt. Sterling. Ale-8-One will sponsor the concert featuring the Unity Quartet from Scottsboro, Ala. with a special guest from God's Praise.
Brandon Stull, son of Betty Jo and Frank Stull of Mt. Sterling, was almost 15 years-old and getting ready to celebrate his birthday when he decided to take a ride on his new all terrain vehicle (ATV), given to him as an early birthday present. Brandon told his mother that he was taking one last ride before dinner. Riding down the road, Brandon hit a sign and ran the ATV into a ditch. He was injured and neighbors called his mother. He was taken to Mary Chiles Hospital in Mt. Sterling and quickly flown by helicopter to Kentucky Children's Hospital to the pediatric intensive care unit.
Brandon had a massive brain injury. The neurosurgeon, Dr. Karin Swartz, assistant professor of neurosurgery, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, told the family that Brandon might die and removed four liters of blood from his brain. The family was told it would be at least 24 hours to know if Brandon would survive. But, he did live and wants to give back to Kentucky Children's Hospital for saving his life.
"I was a patient at Kentucky Children's Hospital in April of 2005," said Brandon. "After undergoing brain surgery from an ATV accident, the people were very nice to me and they did everything in their power to save my life. I would just like to give back to them and say thanks."
It was their faith that helped them. The Stull family had previously lost two sons, one in a drowning accident and one in a car accident.
"As Brandon's mother it was hard on us all while he was in the hospital," said Betty Jo Stull. "We asked The Unity Quartet to come and perform on behalf of the Kentucky Children's Hospital and they agreed, so here we are. Being there with Brandon made us realize how important the hospital is to children."
Brandon is a senior at Montgomery County High School in Mt. Sterling and he still has scars from his wreck. Some of his mental faculties were also damaged by the concussion. "Early on, I lost my memory. I'd see some people in school who I'd known forever that I didn't recognize," Brandon said. ”Some of my math skills never came back."
But Brandon continued to try to improve and the first year after his accident he participated in home instruction. Now he wants to help others by giving back to Kentucky Children's Hospital because he says it gave so much to him.
"We really appreciate that Brandon and his family want to give back," said Loralyn Cecil, manager of community relations at Kentucky Children's Hospital. "Brandon is a fine young man and we wish him and his family well."
Tickets are available for $10 through Ticketweb.com or by calling (859) 398-5509 or (859) 585-3661. Tickets are available at the door for $14.
For more information about Kentucky Children's Hospital, call Loralyn Cecil at (859) 257-1106.
(Information Provided By UK Media Relations)