MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. – An incredible gift of kindness was given to a Metro Detroit family who has been through so much this year.
The Brugnone family all contracted coronavirus while the father was hospitalized for a brain tumor, but when a popular Instagram influencer heard about it and got involved, people across the country pitched in.
“I contracted COVID late March,” Rebecca Brugnone said.
That was only the beginning of the problems for Brugnone and her entire family.
“I had a really hard time getting over it,” Brugnone recalled. “I became what is known as a long-hauler and I’ve had symptoms that no doctors can explain to me why I’m having them ever since. And I’ve been off of work for a really long time too.”
Months later, when she was starting to bounce back, the family had another health issues.
“My husband’s had an accident and fell off a ladder, and he had some pretty bad injuries that landed him in the ICU,” Brugnone said. “And while they were doing a CAT scan -- because he had hit his head -- they found a brain tumor.”
If that wasn’t enough to deal with, the biggest obstacle was yet to come. It was one that the entire family -- including two children -- would have to face.
“We were kind of preparing for his his surgery and we all contracted COVID again,” Brugnone said. “I got it a second time and then my family all got at this time with me as well.”
Life seemed to be spiraling out of control for the family of four until Instagram influencer Sara Foster heard their story and shared it with millions. She created an Amazon wish list and within minutes, people started to buy those items.
“I’ve had more support than I could ever imagine and it’s been amazing,” Brugnone said. “And it’s strangers, people I don’t even know, across the country. It’s beautiful.”
She said her husband was released from the hospital Saturday. Unfortunately, he’s not at 100% yet, but he can at least smile at what’s been done for the family.
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