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Road to recovery: family of Caleb Brooks issues update following recent small intestine transplant

Morgan County Investigator, Caleb Brooks
Morgan County Investigator, Caleb Brooks(Morgan County Sheriff's office)
Updated: Dec. 8, 2020 at 7:35 AM CST
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HARTSELLE, Ala. (WAFF) - UPDATE (December 8 at 7 a.m.): Morgan County Investigator Caleb Brooks is continuing his road to recovery this week.

Caleb’s wife Madeline shared a photo of his progress on Monday.

Caleb Brooks walking following small intestine surgery
Caleb Brooks walking following small intestine surgery(Madeline Brooks)

On the family’s Facebook group, Madeline also shared the following updates:

  • Caleb is now walking after only 3 days post surgery. “I am beyond proud of how strong my husband is. He is fighting through the pain and obstacles to get home to us. The fact that he had his nurse snap this picture of him for me makes my heart smile.”
  • He is on many medicines during his recovery. “As you can see, Caleb is on every type of medicine under the sun. They are giving him a whole range of fluids, immunosuppressants, and antibiotics. Once all of these medicines get built up in his body, they will be able to taper them down and he will only be taking medicine by mouth when he is discharged.”
  • Caleb has been moved to a private room off of the transplant floor to recover. “He is in a private room which has made him more comfortable and allows him to get much better rest.”
  • He continues to progress in his recovery.

Follow Caleb’s road to recovery here and on the family’s Facebook page.

UPDATE (December 4 at 4:15 p.m.): Morgan County Investigator Caleb Brooks is on the road to recovery after a 10 hour transplant surgery today.

Brooks received a new intestine and is finally leaving the operating room.

His wife said Brooks is being moved to an intensive care unit to begin the recovery process.

Madeline shared on the Facebook page, #Praying4Books, “We made it. We made it past the first stage of this transplant process. I am breathing a sigh of relief that my husband is phsycially whole again. I imagine he will stay sedated a few days, and I can’t wait to hear his voice. We have won the battle, but the war is not over yet.”

UPDATE (December 4 at 11:45 a.m.): Madeline Brooks announced via Facebook that Caleb Brooks had received the donor small intestine.

According to Madeline, the OR Nurse confirmed the organ is working as expected.

Doctors are working to complete all steps of the surgery at this time.

UPDATE: Caleb Brooks is expected to receive a small intestine transplant on Friday.

Around 5 a.m., Caleb’s wife Madeline announced via Facebook that the transplant coordinator approved the donor organs.

“Caleb is extremely anxious right now. Pray that God can bring peace over him and relieve him from all stress and worry before they put him under.”

Stay tuned to this story for further updates on Morgan County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Caleb Brooks.

ORIGINAL: Caleb Brooks, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office Investigator who was seriously injured by a bull in August, is headed to the hospital for a long awaited surgery.

Madeline Brooks, Caleb’s wife, posted on the Facebook page, Our Journey #Praying4Brooks, that a new offer for a donor organ came in Thursday and they will head to the hospital for his surgery, tonight.

Brooks was set to receive a small intestine transplant near the end of November. Unfortunately, the doctors were not satisfied with the donor organ received, according to Madeline.

According to the Facebook post in #Praying4Brooks, the surgery is scheduled for early Friday morning.

It’s been a hard few months for their family, but all of us here at WAFF wish them well in the recovery process.

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