On February of 2014 Joe Gabriel II, a Deputy for Muskegon County, was working the scene of a vehicle accident when he was a struck by a truck throwing him 30 feet. Joe received some serious injuries from this, including a severe concussion.
Joe had a follow up MRI six months after his accident and things were looking good. Just over two weeks ago Joe had minor surgery to repair his hip that was injured as a result of the accident. After the surgery Joe had a CT scan of his head due to some possible complications. That CT scan revealed Joe had multiple tumors in his brain that were not there six months ago.
Doctors felt the tumors were a form of cancer called Glioblastoma. Surgery was needed to remove the tumors and conduct a biopsy. Joe came out of surgery and appeared to be doing ok. He was able to follow the nurses around with his eyes and had a little movement of his left side. The next day Joe’s brain unfortunately, began to swell. Joe had a series of seizures and his brain started to hemorrhage. The biopsy came back showed that it was not Glioblastoma but a rare form of cancer called Sporadic Burkitts Lymphoma. Within a matter of days Joe was declared brain dead and removed from life support.
Joe leaves behind his wife (Leslie) and three children, Avery 9, Payton 7, and Morgan 6.
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