Donations are pouring in for the family in London, Ont. barber, chef in a coma following an aneurysm

Nearly a week after he suffered a life-threatening medical emergency while on vacation with his family, the community of London, Ontario stepped up and raised tens of thousands of dollars for the family of Eddie Lopez, who continues to fight for his life. in an intensive care unit in Ottawa.

The 37-year-old London barber, restaurateur and father-of-two was watching his daughter play in a football tournament in the capital on July 30 when he suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm, his wife told GlobalNews.

“He grabbed his head and just asked me for water. So I went to get up and brought him some water and then he fell down and started having a seizure,” said Jody Davis: “We were really blessed, there (were) doctors and nurses on the football field and the ambulance was only two minutes away.”

Paramedics transported Lopez to Ottawa Civic Hospital where doctors placed him in an induced coma. He was determined to have suffered a brain aneurysm, multiple seizures and cardiac arrest, Davis said.

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As of Friday, Lopez’s prognosis remained uncertain, Davis says, “just because he’s not waking up or really doing all the things they need him to do right now.”

“But I’m a big believer in miracles and hope so all we can do right now is keep praying for him that he’s going to pull through because he’s a very strong man and that he has so much love in the community.”

The couple’s son was playing at a nearby playground and did not see what happened, but their teenage daughter, who was on the grounds, witnessed everything, she said.

“(She) went to see him a few days ago and she did really, really amazing, so we’re super proud of her and that’s helped her through this process as well.”

The Cheros House of Pupusas food truck at Sunfest in Victoria Park in July.

Credit: Cheros House of Pupusas via Instagram

Owner of Elevated Barbers, which opened at the corner of Dundas and Talbot streets in 2018, Lopez has become a well-known figure in the local restaurant community with Cheros House of Pupusas.

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The family restaurant, known for its Salvadoran cuisine, started out as a food truck last year but opened in March at Covent Garden Market. Business is good, but since Lopez was admitted to hospital, the restaurant had to close, leaving the family with no income.

It’s estimated that Lopez may need to stay in the hospital for at least a month and a half, possibly longer, depending on how quickly he recovers, Davis said. She says it has been a difficult time that fundraising efforts have made easier.

“Being here trying to take care of the kids, eating every day and finding somewhere to stay and then when we get home being able to take care of Eddie and be there for him while not working a bit” , Davis said.

“It’s super overwhelming the amount of support and love that has been shown by this community.”

The community rallied around the family, and a GoFundMe started by a family friend had raised over $34,500 by Friday afternoon to cover any current and future expenses they might face.

Donations are also being collected at Lopez’s hair salon.

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At the Covent Garden market, CEO and general manager Amy Shackleton said market staff and vendors are thinking of Lopez and praying for her speedy recovery.

“Management sent a note to all vendors to let them know what happened, and in that note we included the link for them to take care of,” she said.

“The community really came together and it was great to see their GoFundMe…he’s such an integral part of our marketplace family and we just think of him and his family.”

The family will see more support coming this weekend with Brunch Fest taking place outside the market on Sunday.

Lopez and Davis in 2015.

Credit: Eddie Lopez via Facebook

A portion of the proceeds from the festival, which runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will go to GoFundMe, and each participating vendor will collect cash donations, said festival organizer Jesse Walker, founder of Dine in 519.

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“Eddie is actually a good friend of mine. We work together a lot through the Dine in 519 platform,” Walker said. The pair first met two years ago at Elevated Barbers, a- he said, adding that Lopez had planned to compete in Sunday’s event.

“His wife had called me and let me know what happened in Ottawa…When I saw that she had created the GoFundMe, I posted this message on the Dine in 519 platform to spend the word and things kind of exploded from there.

A post on the Dine in 519 Facebook page on Tuesday read: “As well as being a great person and a big part of the London community, Eddie is someone we consider a good friend and someone one we admire for many reasons.”

“Our hearts go out to Eddie and his family. I still can’t believe this is happening.

Information on how to donate is available on the GoFundMe campaign page.

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