Help needed for Chesterfield sheriff's deputy's wife

Published: Sep. 28, 2015 at 4:58 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 8, 2015 at 5:40 AM EDT
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MIDLOTHIAN, VA (WWBT) - A Chesterfield community is rallying around the wife of a sheriff's deputy who suffered a sudden brain aneurysm. A fundraiser was held Sunday in Midlothian to help with medical expenses as her road to recovery is only just beginning.

"It's been a long road; it's still going to continue to be a long road," Chesterfield county sheriff's deputy, Travis Nicely, said.

Travis, a deputy for more than a decade, has made a living out of helping others, but Sunday, he was the one asking for help.

"We're usually the ones helping others out, so to have the tables reversed is very humbling," Nicely said.

His 32-year-old wife, Patty, suffered a sudden brain aneurism in August, paralyzing one side of her face and restricting her to a wheelchair as she recovers. She came home Saturday after more than a month in the hospital to her five young children, ages six to 14, one of them also in a wheelchair due to cerebral palsy.

"Patty's doing well. She's still got a long road of recovery," Nicely said.

Sunday afternoon, the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office helped put on a car wash outside of Rita's Ice Cream in Midlothian to raise money for the family.

"I can't thank everybody enough for the support and everything you gave to our family during this time," Travis said.

This isn't the only tragedy the nicely family is facing. Travis' niece, 4-year-old Virginia Rose continues fighting a battle against leukemia after being diagnosed in April. His 62-year-old aunt also suffered her third heart attack recently.

"I just want to say thank you to everybody's who's blessed this family," Travis' mother, Gail Mallory, said. "There's been a lot of tragedy lately, and all the help is appreciated."

Travis is hoping for the best as he says his wife now begins rehabilitation three to four times a week.

"Hopefully I'll have my patty back," Travis said.
The family says Project Home has offered to help build wheelchair access in their home for both Patty and her son.

You can donate to the family here.

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