Former AjPHA President Banks Ready's Recovery Info
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Banks Ready was the AjPHA President for 2008-2009. Photo courtesy APHA.
UPDATE--August 29, 2012--From George Ready--UPDATE: Just received a call from the doc at
Shepherd. BANKS IS TALKING!!!!!!!!! He says yes/no to questions. Someone
called him George and he said NO, BANKS! a therapist did something he
didn't like and he said LEAVE ME ALONE! He is also taking commands to
move certain parts of his body correctly. Most importantly, they have
decided to extend his stay a month and move him over into the full
therapy program!!!!!!!!!!! They want his
grandfather to stay and motivate him more! While Big Daddy is great, the
credit GOES TO GOD!!!! Just last night Ann Jones had Benham Stewart
call me and pray with me for healing. We prayed in the most positive
fashion I ever have for complete and total healing in the name of Jesus
Christ. THIS MORNING, GOD HAS SHOWN HE HEARS OUR PRAYERS, HE RESPONDS TO
OUR PRAYERS AND THAT HE IS IN CONTROL!!!!!!! THANKS BE TO GOD AND ALL
THE GLORY !!!!!!
UPDATE--August 21, 2012--From George Ready--UPDATE: Amanda and I met the doctor at Shepherd this weekend. Not a good report. He said there was extensive brain damage and that recovery would be years, not months. He said he would need care with feeding for the foreseeable future. He said there would be impairments even if he did come around. It was very depressing and emotional. The most pressing issue being where will he go in 4 weeks since he will not likely make it over into the full rehab program within the 5 weeks allowed. If faced with it, we will need to find a place here close so we can contribute to his care with our time. I closed the meeting with two comments to the doctor: First, he does not know Banks and that he is a fighter. Second and most importantly, it doesn't matter what his diagnosis is if GOD DECIDES HE WILL HEAL BANKS, THEN BANKS WILL BE HEALED!!!!! THIS IS JUST AN OPPORTUNITY FOR GOD TO PROVIDE AN EVEN BIGGER MIRACLE TO GLORIFY HIMSELF AND ANSWER THE PRAYERS OF HIS FAITHFUL. WE HAVE FAITH THAT GOD HAS NOT FORGOTTEN US AND THAT HE WILL PREVAIL IN THIS SITUATION. GOD HAS ALREADY USED THIS FOR GOOD BY BRINGING OTHERS BACK TO PRAYER AND SOME HAVE RETURNED TO CHURCH, BOTH BUILDING CLOSER RELATIONSHIPS WITH GOD FOR THESE PEOPLE!!! WE BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF PRAYER AND THE HEALING POWER OF CHRIST. PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR BANKS AND THE RESTORATION OF BRAIN FUNCTION.
Finally, we know you all love and have concern for Banks. This is a difficult time for us and phone calls and questions about his condition are overwhelming. Please understand we need time. We love you all.
UPDATE--July 31, 2012--From George Ready--UPDATE: Banks continued to answer questions correctly on Monday by nodding his head yes or no. PT also had a good day where he continued to follow directions. He was moved to a larger room to accommodate visitors and more room for PT to work. He is now in a wheelchair to go around the hospital to get out some. We have obtained permission to bring our Corgi ( a gift from Tina Price several years ago to Banks) Texas to the hospital today to see if an animal gets a reaction from him. This is as close as we can get to a horse right now and hope it brings new connections in the brain. GOD CONTINUES TO BLESS US WITH SMALL MIRACLES! WE TRUST AND BELIEVE IN HIS BIG MIRACLES THAT ARE COMING!
UPDATE--July 25, 2012--From George Ready--UPDATE: Banks EEG showed slow brain function. Doctor said what she expected for this point of recovery. While not what we wanted, not unexpected. She did say this not have to stay the same and he can improve. Arms are now weight bearing and this is important as this is one of the factors in determining if he can go to Sheppard. Leg is still not weight bearing but should become so in time. We dont care what the diagnosis, we know that if God decides Banks will be fully healed and restored, Banks will be. PRAY FOR FULL RESTORATION OF BRAIN FUNCTION. WE BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF GOD AND THE HEALING OF JESUS CHRIST!
UPDATE--July 20, 2012--From George Ready--UPDATE: Banks is doing a good deal of therapy of all types each day. The PT working with him yesterday said he was more engaged and responsive than she had ever seen him. He sat up on the edge of the bed and held his head up a long time and maintained his balance with only a little help. Still no communication yet but we believe he knows what is going on is trying to respond. He does take simple commands some times. All baby steps but positive. PLEASE PRAY FOR FULL RESTORATION OF BRAIN FUNCTION! WE BELIEVE IN THE PROMISES OF GOD!!!!
UPDATE-July 12, 2012--From George Ready-- Banks has made great physical improvement the last couple of days. He has passed the swallow test and is now able to take liquids and even pureed food by mouth! Therapists say they have noticed a positive change also in that he participates better. He has been following people around the room. All positives! GOD IS GREAT AND ANSWERS PRAYERS! We still have a long way to go but all this may help in getting him into a place or going directly to Sheppard. PLEASE PRAY HARD FOR FULL RESTORATION OF BRAIN FUNCTION!
UPDATE--July 2, 2012--From George Ready--UPDATE: Banks rested most of yesterday. He did take several pieces of ice off his lips, chew it and swallow again. They also took out the trach. They re x-rayed his leg to see how healing. He will likely need to remain in the hospital for a few more weeks and then we will face whether he can go to Sheppard or not. We need him to wake up more and to be responsive. PLEASE PRAY HARD FOR MORE BRAIN AWAKENING AND MORE RESPONSIVENESS. WE ARE RELYING ON A MIRACLE FROM GOD AND THE HEALING POWER OF JESUS. PLEASE PRAY AS MUCH AS YOU CAN.
UPDATE--June 29th, 2012--From George Ready-- Banks has had a few good days in a row. As it turns out, all doctors
agree he is not ready to go to Sheppard yet. We need more physical
improvement and if possible, more responsiveness to commands which is
spotty right now. The Med is doing a great job with him and we also
believe this is best place at this time. PRAY FOR PHYSICAL HEALING AND
RESTORATION OF BRAIN FUNCTION! GOD IS GREAT AND HE WILL PREVAIL. WE HAVE FAITH IN GOD AND THE HEALING POWER OF JESUS!
On another note, I want to thank everyone involved with the fund
raiser that was done by all our horse community family at the Paint
World Show. We cannot express the overwhelming gratitude and love we
have for everyone who participated, donated and worked to make it all
happen. Most importantly, we appreciate the public prayer at the
beginning of the event thanking God for the improvements so far and the
improvements to come. Banks loves each and every one of you and loves
the fact that Jesus is acknowledged as being part of his life. If this
terrible event can bring some closer to God and develop a relationship
with Jesus, it will not have been in vain.
UPDATE--June 28th, 2012--Speech therapist came in this morning and worked with Banks. They gave
him some ice chips and he took them and rolled them around in his mouth!
Banks trach has been capped off and he is breathing all on his own!!!
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR HEALING AND RESTORATION OF BRAIN FUNCTION!
WE BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF PRAYER AND THE HEALING POWER OF GOD!!!
The Banks would also like to thank everyone who donated money for the trainer auction that was held at the Youth Paint World to help with his medical expenses.
BANKS READY CRISIS FUND TRAINER AUCTION
This auction is being held to help support the long term care and
rehabilitation of Banks and to support the collective activities that
will lead to his successful recovery!
The trainer auction
will take place TODAY, immediately prior to 13&U Western Pleasure
in the John Justin arena. The approximate time for the action is 3pm and
the following trainers have donated 1 month's training or as specified
for the auction:
1. On Q Performance Horses (Carly Veldman) 2. Karen Qualls 3. Double C Acres 4. Espuela Ranch (Mike Hachtel) 5. Heather Brower 6. Jeffrey Gibbs 7. Marty Dixon 8. Sandi Morgan 9. Gillespie Show Horses 10. Erica Lang 11. White Harvest Farm (Karen Banister) 12. Sunny Stars Show Horses (Julie Black) 13. Justin Brown 14. Wade Spell 15. Scott Suggs Show Horses 16. Kristin Layher 17. Becky George 18. Simons Show Horses - $500 training only 19. Chapman Show Horses (Kelly Chapman) 20. Mergart Show Horses 21. Prosper Ranch (Chad & Shane Christensen) - $500 training only 22. Seth Davis - $500 training only 23. Gooding Show Horses 24. Bobbie Emmons 25. Elite Show Horses (James Saubolle) 26. David Kirk 27. Pelton Show Horses 28. Tammy Mills Performance Horses 29. Ryan Painter Show Stables
UPDATE--June 19th, 2012--From Bank's Facebook page--Banks is resting peacefully right now. He has been weaned off the IV pain meds today and is back on the pain patch with extra meds given as needed. He may get a step down Trachea soon as well. He tried to cross his legs yesterday all on his own and I was told that is good. He is still fighting his second round with the pneumonia. George and I still can not tell everyone thank you enough for all the prayers and we ask that you keep praying for a complete recovery for Banks.
Many have asked about a mailing address for cards. Use P.O. Box 127, Hernando, MS 38632. KEEP PRAYING! GO TO CHURCH TOMORROW AND AND THANK GOD FOR YOUR FAMILY!
UPDATE--June 14th, 2012--From George Ready--UPDATE: Banks had a spike in temp last night that might effect arm surgery. Please PRAY HARD FOR PHYSICAL RECOVERY SO THAT WE CAN DO THE FINAL ARM SURGERY AND GET ON THE ROAD TO A CONDITION TO BEGIN BRAIN RECOVERY THERAPY! WE HAVE FAITH IN GOD AND THE HEALING POWER OF JESUS!
There has also been a Facebook page set up to let everyone know the status of his condition--please check it out by clicking here.
RECOVERY--June 8th, 2012--From George Ready--Banks rested peacefully last night. Doctors will try to do right arm
surgery today if breathing and labs are all still good this morning. I
pray that they can go ahead and get all these initial surgeries done so
that he can get on the road to recovery. This will be a long process so I hope Banks' friends will continue to pray every day for him. We know
life goes on but God watches the determination of His people so it is
very important that we continue to Pray. PLEASE PRAY FOR US AND FOR
BANKS FULL RECOVERY. WE HAVE FAITH THAT GOD AND THE HEALING POWER OF
JESUS WILL WALK BANKS OUT AND BACK INTO FULL LIFE ONE DAY
AFTER SURGERY--June 6th, 2012---Written by Courtney Erin Ready--Ok, so Banks just got of surgery he is in recovery so Aunt Mandy and
Uncle George haven't gotten to see him yet. He went in at 3:00 this
afternoon. The surgeons said the surgery went good but there would be
more to follow on his leg involving bone graphs. Will let everyone know
once we find out more as to what the other surgeries will be when find
out.PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR BANKS AND HIS HEALING!! WE BELIEVE
IN THE MERCY AND THE POWER OF GOD AND KNOW HE CAN RESTORE OUR BANKS!
NEW UPDATE--June 5th, 2012--From George Ready--Banks is day to day on surgery for the leg. Depends on how pneumonia
treatment goes. He had eyes open more yesterday afternoon and moved
more body parts. Seems to still be in a fog. PRAYERS MUST CONTINUE AS
ONLY GOD AND THE HEALING OF JESUS CAN GET BANKS OUT OF THIS. PLEASE
UPDATE--June 2nd, 2012--From George Ready--Banks had a good day. A nurse told me when she came in the room
yesterday at 7 a.m., he opened his eyes and followed her movements
across the room and back. He had his eyes open each time we were in the
room also. He started blinking some too. We are still having
difficulty getting his breathing improved which is sorely needed in
order to do surgery on the femur. Since he has had a fat
embolism, they cant use the normal pin/nail in the bone marrow as that
would release more fat. They will use the older plate and screws which
will require a longer surgery so need him to breath better. GOD IS
GIVING US SMALL MIRACLES EVERY DAY. PRAYERS ARE WORKING. PLEASE
CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR GOD'S SAVING GRACE AND THE HEALING POWER OF JESUS
CHRIST. WE HAVE FAITH BANKS WILL BE BROUGHT BACK TO US BY GOD. PLEASE
MORE NEWS--June 1st, 2012--from George Ready--Banks was not breathing well enough to do the leg surgery so that was put off. They did put in a trach so as to help with his breathing. They had him in a chair for 4 hours yesterday to help with other matters. He did open his eyes several times and just before he went into surgery for the trach, I was leaning close to his left side and talking with him fervently as i was very concerned and was praying mightly to God to bring him through this trying moment. Banks opened his eyes, looked to the side directly at me. We locked eyes for a long moment and I believe he was letting me know he knew i was there and was reassured, just as he did when he was a baby and was in distress. This was a blessing from God. We are in a wait and see mode on the leg surgery. please continue to have Banks in your prayers so that he may be lifted up to God constantly. WE BELIEVE IN THE MERCY OF GOD AND THE HEALING POWER OF JESUS. PLEASE PRAY EVERY DAY AND THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR PRAYERS AND SUPPORT.
NEW UPDATE--May 31st, 2012 from George Ready----Banks did open eyes and responded to us and then to his and our great
friend Mike Hachtel. He even cracked a tiny smile while Mike was
telling stories on him! Later, he did have to have a stent put in his
carotid artery since it did not heal by itself. So we did not see any
more reactions. Today, doctors really want to do the surgery on his
right femur bone as that is where the fat embolism
comes from. Unfortunately, his respiration has become more difficult,
another aspect of the fat embolism, so they may not be able to. Continue to pray hard as this is a difficult day and time. We have
faith that the healing power of Jesus and the love of God will get Banks
through this and restore him to us fully. PRAYERS DO MATTER. PRAY FOR
IMPROVEMENT IN BREATHING AND A SUCCESSFUL SURGERY ON HIS LEG.
May 29, 2012--This was taken from Banks Ready's father's Facebook Page-This is a big day as they will try an MRI which
should tell us more about what we are dealing with. Nurses say he opened
his eyes for a moment yesterday which was good news. PLEASE PRAY HARD
TODAY AND CONTINUE TO PRAY. It doesn't matter what the diagnosis is, GOD
IS THE GREAT HEALER AND HE CAN MAKE BANKS WHOLE AGAIN. We have faith in
GOD and His Healing Power! We also believe that GOD is influenced by
prayer. PLEASE PRAY HARD!
May 27, 2012---This was an update from APHA judge and trainer Tina Price from her Facebook page: Update on Banks Ready.
He had surgery yesterday to relieve pressure on his brain and it went
well. He came over a hill and traffic on the highway was stopped. There
wasn't room to stop and he hit an 18 wheeler. Fortunately he responded
quickly and turned his truck so that the passenger side hit the trailer.
He suffered a broke leg, two broke arms, internal injuries as well as a
torn artery to his heart. It sounds very bad, but like it could have
been so much worse. Prayers for him and his family please. I know there
will be a number of fund raisers set up in the near future to help with
medical costs, so if you get a chance, please help as you can.
FORT WORTH—The American Junior Paint Horse Association
(AjPHA) former president Banks Ready was injured in a car
accident May 24, 2012, suffering broken bones and internal
injuries. He was airlifted to a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee,
where he is in the intensive care unit, but it appears that none
of the injuries are life threatening.
Banks Ready was the AjPHA President for 2008-2009, with his
Presidential Service Project raising more than $100,000 for the
Make-A-Wish Foundation, the most money raised by a AjPHA
President to date. The 21-year-old is from Hernando,
Mississippi, and attends Mississippi State University where he
is studying Animal and Dairy Sciences. His father, George Ready,
is an attorney and a member of the APHA Executive Committee.
“At APHA we know the giving spirit and outstanding character
that Banks possesses,” said Billy Smith, Executive Director for
APHA. “We will keep him in our prayers and hope for a speedy
recovery for this extraordinary young man.”
About APHA The American Paint Horse
Association (APHA), the international breed registry for the
American Paint Horse headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas,
celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012. In fulfillment of its
mission to collect, record and preserve pedigrees of the breed,
APHA recognizes and supports 111 regional and international
clubs, produces championship shows, sponsors trail rides and
creates and maintains programs that increase the value of
American Paint Horses and enriches members' experiences with
their horses. APHA has registered more than a million horses in
59 nations and territories since it was founded, and now serves
over 64,000 active youth and adult members around the world.