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A Smasher's Hand is a Helping Hand

Discussion in 'News' started by 1PC, Mar 9, 2017.

Josh Olalde, Mar 9, 2017 at 8:26 PM
  1. 1PC

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    BEAST 7 this past February marked a new milestone not only for its host city of Gothenburg, Sweden, but also for European Smash as a whole. Featuring a cadre of top out-of-country players, many of whom were from North America, the event was considered a success. While it was ongoing however, Nicholas "Ministry" McGuire ran into some unfortunate trouble.

    "I was born with a congenital heart disease in which everything around my heart is reversed and I was also born missing one major heart valve," said McGuire in his GoFundMe. Though it was expected that the two open heart surgeries he had gone through were enough to keep him safe, the improbable happened at BEAST 7: he went into a cardiac arrest.

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    Rushed immediately to the hospital. McGuire spent he week after Beast 7 in a hospital as doctors worked to stabilize and treat his pneumonia during his stay. By the end of Feburary, McGuire had been transferred to seveal Intensive Care Units and different hospitals to receive further treatment for his cardiology condition.

    McGuire's cardiologist and doctors have explained to him that over the years, the conduit has become too small. This would prevent proper blood flow and oxygen, which then changes the electrical movement in his heart, ultimately leading it to stop.

    As of now, McGuire will need two heart procedures: one to widen the conduit in his heart and the second to implant a pacemaker/defibrillator into his heart. McGuire will also need to continue physiotherapy to learn how to walk properly again and work on his motor skills, as well as improving his memory.

    Unfortunately, McGuire's work visa and health insurance expired on February 13th, just one week before this happened and will be facing a hospital bill once released. To date, the hospital bill itself is estimated around $75,000 and still has two weeks in ICU, as well as two heart procedures, assuming everything goes as planned. By the time McGuire leaves the hospital, his total medical expenses are estimated at around $200,000.

    Team Note: According to Miram Webster, the definition of community is a unified body of individuals. It's a travesty what Nick has gone and lived through. We realize not everyone will be able to donate, but every little bit will help McGuire's family and are grateful for any help you're able to offer. If you are interested in dontating towards Nick's cause, check out his GoFundMe page.
     
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1PC is a Super Smash Bros. Enthusiast and aspiring journalist that currently resides in Houston, TX. Specializing in the art of interviewing, 1PC spends his time interviewing and covering his local scene in Texas to give deserving players the recognition they deserve. You can find several of his interview content on YouTube by the name of Houston Smash Network.

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Discussion in 'News' started by 1PC, Mar 9, 2017.

    1. Uair
      Uair
      I really hope this isn't a saterical article. If so then I'm never using this site again.

      I donated what I could, I really hope I'm not being lied to here.
      JesusGZ7, iAmMatt, Ladder and 2 others like this.
    2. LuxAlike
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      Jeeeeez louise, man. What a wretched circumstance.
      Last edited: Mar 10, 2017
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    3. ike¥
      ike¥
      Damn he got some intense bad luck there im currently unable to donate but i really do hope he gets better.
    4. 1PC
      1PC
      Not satire what so ever, Uair. Thank you so much for donating.
    5. Synnett
      Synnett
      Thanks for posting this. This is the person who got me into Melee, super nice guy. Thanks for donating!
      1PC likes this.
    6. MarioMeteor
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      It really disgusts me that a person could find themselves in a situation like this, where they essentially have to pay a small fortune to live.
    7. ike¥
      ike¥
      Yeah its terrible that now a days everything costs money even living. I suppose its beter than not paying and dieing tho

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