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Mallory Kortuem (in red jacket) celebrates her CHS soccer Senior Night with mom Heather, dad Alex, and big sis Miranda. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The news is encouraging.

Alex Kortuem, father of three Coupeville grads, and a longtime general contractor on Whidbey Island, continues to show progress as he recovers from a hemorrhagic stroke.

The 45-year-old Wolf dad, a frequent presence at events featuring children KeeganMiranda, and Mallory, suffered a substantial brain bleed in late January.

After emergency brain surgery, he spent five days on a ventilator, and 10 days total in an ICU.

While he has no feeling on the left side of his body, Kortuem has responded well to inpatient rehab, said sister Hilary Lott.

Alex has been learning a lot in therapies,” she said. “He is working on learning to get dressed and showering; with no movement yet in his left arm he is still needing a lot of assist with this.

“He can now move from sitting in his bed to a wheelchair with a therapist guarding him only. This is great progress, as he started with two-person assist and was not able to sit on his own.

“He also can stand with help and is moving his left leg forward on his own. Alex is making gains daily and the therapy team is so impressed with his work ethic.

“Not a surprise for all that know him.”

In the most recent update on his GoFundMe page, wife Heather Kortuem expressed the family’s joy in finding out Alex should be able to return home in less than a week.

“We are in countdown mode!,” she said.

“This weekend, several members of Alex’s climbing family will be helping the kids and I prepare the house for a safe homecoming; including building a ramp, mounting some grab bars, and moving furniture to accommodate his latest set of wheels.

“I have no words to express what your support has done for our peace of mind. Just knowing we have a safety net is priceless and has let Alex focus all his energy on rehab.”

 

To aid the Kortuem family, pop over to:

Fundraiser for Heather Kortuem by Hilary Lott : Alex Kortuem’s Stroke Recovery (gofundme.com)

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Mallory Kortuem (in red jacket) celebrates her CHS soccer Senior Night with mom Heather, dad Alex, and big sis Miranda. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

One of the core families of Coupeville athletics is in major need tonight.

Alex Kortuem, father of three CHS grads, and a longtime general contractor on Whidbey Island, suffered a substantial brain bleed January 25, resulting in a hemorrhagic stroke.

After emergency brain surgery, he spent five days on a ventilator, and 10 days total in an ICU.

As he stabilizes, the plan is for him to be transferred to an intensive inpatient rehab facility in Seattle.

Currently, the 45-year-old Kortuem is still unable to move or feel the entire left side of his body.

Due to the severity of the stroke, it is unknown if or when he will be able to return to his work, which provides the majority of his family’s income.

Alex and wife Heather have three children — Keegan, Miranda, and Mallory — and he was a frequent fan at soccer games and track meets featuring his kids.

His offspring get a lot of their athletic chops from their father, who has been an avid mountaineer and backcountry skier for much of his life.

 

To read more, and help the Kortuem family, pop over to:

Fundraiser for Heather Kortuem by Hilary Lott : Alex Kortuem’s Stroke Recovery (gofundme.com)

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Karla Mackintosh has owned The Honey Bear since 2001. (David Svien photos)

Karla Mackintosh has owned The Honey Bear since 2001. (David Svien photos)

A peek through the window gives a hint of the many treasures to be found inside.

A peek through the window gives a hint of the many treasures to be found inside.

Karla Mackintosh, long-time owner of waterfront landmark The Honey Bear, suffered a stroke Monday morning and was airlifted to Swedish Hospital in Seattle.

Her store, which sits on the corner of NW Front Street, is an insanely popular tourist destination, with its eclectic mix of candy, toys, books, gifts and Karla’s gift for gab.

When she wasn’t at the store, she could usually be found at Christopher’s on Whidbey, having a bite and regaling owner Andreas Wurzrainer and staff with her latest adventures.

One of the nicest people you will ever meet, Karla has been an integral part of our community in the 15 years she’s owned The Honey Bear.

As she recovers, we can reach out to let her know how much she means to all of us.

While the hospital asks for no phone calls, you can send her cards.

Also, don’t flood The Honey Bear itself with phone calls.

The Coupeville Chamber (905 NW Alexander St.) has a card anyone can come in and sign, or you can send your own to:

Swedish Medical Center, Cherry Hill
Attention: Karla Mackintosh, Room 268-C
500 17th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

I expect her room to be overflowing with our words as soon as possible.

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