Update on Chad Gibson

Posted on 30 Jun 2009 at 2:22pm

I just spoke with Kristy Morgan, the sister of the young man who was hospitalized with a brain injury following the early Sunday morning police raid on the Rainbow Lounge.

Kristy said the most recent CAT scans have shown that the blood clot on Chad’s brain has stopped growing, which is good news, but he is not out of the woods yet. She said doctors told the family that as long as the clot remains — whether it is growing or not — there is the chance that all or some of it could break loose and cause severe damage or death, or that the bleeding could start up again.

At this point, Kristy said, doctors are not talking about having to do surgery to repair the bleed or remove the clot. They believe that the clot will eventually dissolve and be reabsorbed into the body, but that could take anywhere from six months to two years.

Chad will likely be hospitalized at least for the rest of this week, and will then have to have follow-up appointments and consultations with a neurosurgeon.

Kristy also said that Chuck Potter had visited Chad and had talked to him about the possibility of establishing a fund to which people can donate to help pay medical bills. I don’t have details on that yet, but as soon as I can talk to Chuck, I will get that info, since I know a lot of people have been asking what they could do to help.

I also know that Chad’s mom, Karen Carpenter, met today with local filmmaker Robert Camina, who is already working on a documentary about what happened at Rainbow Lounge. Again, more on that as I find out about it.

Tonight, Chuck Potter and Todd Camp will be speaking at the Dallas Voice Freedom of Speech Night, starting at 8 p.m. at Buzz Brews on Lemmon Ave. Chuck and Todd were both at Rainbow Lounge when the raid occurred and were the main organizers of Sunday’s rallies.

Also tonight at 7 p.m., the Fort Worth Police Department will be holding a community forum at the New Beginnings International Church, 2000 East Loop 820.

And tomorrow night, at 8 p.m., there will be a candlelight vigil at the Rainbow Lounge, 651 S. Jennings St.

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