Community rallies in support of local mom in coma after stroke

Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer

Beacon Correspondent

It was just another day for Julie and Chris Hall as they headed off to work after dropping the kids off at school. It turned out to not be another typical day, but a devastating one to the Hall family. While Julie Hall was at work at D'Amico Chiropractic in Fortuna, she had a stroke and was rushed to Redwood Memorial Hospital. She is now at UCSF Medical Center in a coma while a devastated family sits by her side awaiting a miracle.

There will be a pancake breakfast in her honor on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at Hydesville Elementary School. All proceeds will go to support the uncovered medical and travel costs for Julie and her family. Tickets cost $5 per person and they will be holding a Dutch auction. They will be accepting any donations at the event for the family and the Dutch auction.

Julie Hall has two children: Dylan, age 14, who attends eighth grade at Fortuna Town School and travels back and forth to see his mother via friends, and Olivia, age 11, who attends fifth grade at Hydesville Elementary and is on independent study so she can be with her mother. The children and husband, Chris Hall, are by Julie's side waiting for her to as Chris describes, "Open those beautiful eyes and give one of your smart witty comments I so love."

Chris and Julie Hall have been married for 12 years . "We fell in love the first time we saw each other," Chris Hall said. "We are each other's soul mates. This has been such a difficult time. Julie is only 32 years old."

Chris Hall is a truck driver for CJ's Fire Support; he was helping a friend move some horses when he received the call that Julie suffered a stroke and was on the way to Redwood Memorial Hospital. "I was in shock and rushed to be by her side," he said.

Chris Hall flew to UCSF with his wife after her stroke and has been living in San Francisco since February 4th with the help of family and friends putting them up in hotels around the hospital. The family returned home for a quick visit last weekend to recharge, but have returned to be by Julie's side.

"My mother and father brought their RV down and we are staying in it while we wait for Julie to recover," Chris Hall said.

Chris Hall keeps loved ones informed and connected as he leaves messages to his wife on his Facebook page. Hall reflects on a recent visit: "We had a great day with Julie. Nice to spend the day with her. We will be back tomorrow and the next to be by her side. She is such a strong willed woman. She is healthy and is loved by all the staff that has had the opportunity to care for her while at UCSF." Hall continues, "Someday our prayers will be answered. We will wait until then."

Friends and family have used the site to deal with their own suffering and love for Julie. Mandy Marquez who planned the pancake breakfast, reflects "Hi Julie. Tonight I showed up at the barn to ride welcomed by Chris's truck in the driveway. For a split second I was thrilled that we would get to ride together and catch up. Then it hit me like a punch in the stomach. I took off on that lonely ride saying prayers that you will soon wake up and join me again." Marquez who has two daughters of her own shared, "I lay next to my girls each night just thinking about Olivia and Dylan and how much they need to feel your touch again. Please open those beautiful eyes soon, your kids and Chris needs you so much!"

Updates from Chris Hall report his wife has had the drainage tube removed from her head, the breathing tube removed from her throat, and has responded to tests with spontaneous movements.

There is an account set up at US Bank 'Julie Hall Donation Fund' and donations can be made at any bank branch. The donations will help the family with expenses.

Photo by Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer/Beacon

The community is holding a pancake breakfast fundraiser for Julie Hall this Saturday at Hydesville Elementary School. Hall suffered a stroke two weeks ago and is in a coma at UCSF.