Bonham man battles cavernous hemangioma
BONHAM, Texas (KTEN) — In 2017, Ashley Fondren and James Douglas met each other for the first time at their job in Whitewright.
The next year they tied the knot. But just two short years after they wed, their lives began to change.
"He started to have his seizures in April of 2020," Fondren said. "He had his first one and went to the hospital, and a couple days later, calling the ambulance again, and they gave him seizure medicine again, and this time they prescribed him some, too."
Doctors diagnosed Douglas with cavernous hemangioma, a condition in which masses are formed on the brain, causing seizures.
"They ended up admitting him, and he finally got the MRI on his brain and found those three spots on his brain, and that's what's causing is... they would burst. He started having many seizures, 15 in one day," Fondren explained. "Seeing him in physical pain and not being able to do anything about it is the worst feeling anybody could have."
Doctors told Douglas he couldn't work and requires 24-hour supervision. Shouldering that financial burden, the couple and their two children lost their home. They had to sell everything to help pay for medical bills.
"I don't want to sit here and send my kids to school that are too small," Douglas said. "I don't want to sit here and not be able to buy Pull-Ups for my three-year old. I don't want to sit here and not provide what he needs."
Doctors said his only hope right now is to have open brain surgery, but that comes with risks.
"Fifty percent chance he gets better and gets to go back to work... but then there's a 50 percent chance that it could be worse," Fondren said.
Douglas said he wants to take that chance so he can go back to work and take care of his family once again.
"I try not to be negative about it," he said. "I believe God has my back no matter what, and I am just going to keep moving forward."