This is clipped from Facebook.
This is Mike Jolley helping Sally to explain what has happened to Mike Mello over the past few days. On Saturday morning Mike and Sally were participating in a paddle-boarding event on the San Francisco Bay out of Sausalito harbor. Mike was behind Sally out of her field of view and fell into the water. Once in the water he could not get back up on the board. Sally found Mike 20 minutes later in shock and partially paralyzed but somehow still holding the board. Sally's lifeguard experience kicked in and she managed to pull him up on the board out of the cold bay water saving his life. As others noticed her distress calls she was able to summon the lifeboat, get a call into 911, and get an ambulance to bring him to Marin General Hospital as they made it to shore.
At the hospital they confirmed Mike had a brain hemorrhage. We are unsure if the bleeding was the result of a stroke or possibly due to him hitting his head on the board, either way the cat-scan confirmed the presence of a large blood mass and swelling on his brain disabling his ability to speak or move the right side of his body. On Sunday when I saw Mike he seemed alert and responsive but frustrated he was unable to communicate verbally or by written text. The swelling on his brain was impacting the area dealing with speech. Another cat-scan was done on Monday morning revealing additional swelling had occurred overnight, Monday afternoon they took a MRI scan of his brain and it had not changed for better or worse than it was in the morning. Tuesday morning's cat-scan confirmed more swelling on the brain so the doctors suggested surgery to relieve the pressure to eliminate additional damage to the brain.
We are currently waiting for Mike to return from the surgery. There is a range of expected outcomes that will come clearer in the next few days. At this point we have been told not to expect a full physical recovery, likely some partial paralysis on his right side. Mike's verbal abilities will hopefully return to full capacity. We wish we could be clearer but this is as much as we know at this time.
Your positive wishes and prayers for the Mello family are appreciated. I will do my best to provide updates as we learn more information.