North Bergen family that suffered series of mishaps seeking public’s help after emergency brain surgery


A North Bergen family that has suffered an unfortunate series of mishaps this year after a and mother of two needed emergency brain surgery earlier this week.

Photo via GoFundMe.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“On May 16th, 2020, Isabel gave birth to her second child, Luke. Recovering from childbirth is hard for all women, but for Isabel it had become especially painful and debilitating,” the GoFundMe page, started by Robert Garcia, description says.

“Shortly after, it was learned that she was suffering from birth trauma and had developed an obstetric fistula and pelvic floor damage. To repair and address these conditions, Isabel had to go through three surgeries in early 2021.”

To make matters worse, her fiancee, Nelson Romano, a 10-year veteran of the North Bergen Police Department, sustained a shoulder injury while on duty and required surgery.

During his recovery, Isabella began experiencing thunderclap migraines, severe dizziness, and seizures while sleeping, among other symptoms, though it was initially attributed to stress, lack of sleep, and her recent difficult child birth.

She was eventually sent for an MRI on June 16th, where doctors discovered that she had a 3.6 centimeter tumor in her right temporal lobe that was also attached to the main artery of her brain.

Due to the severity of the situation, she underwent emergency brain surgery on Monday, the same day the GoFundMe was created.

The page set a goal of $50,000, noting that Isabella hasn’t been able to work for a year and that her insurance will not cover the full extent of her treatment.

As of 3:15 p.m. this afternoon, the Nelson family has seen a groundswell of community support, with $49,905 raised from 462 donors.

“All the support has helped her be at ease and focus on recovery. Although the surgery is done there will be a lot of challenges to overcome. Please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you so much for all the support. God Bless,” Garcia wrote in an update on Tuesday.

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