The US poker pro is continuing treatment following a brain haemorrhage
Professional poker player Kevin ‘Phwap’ Boudreau has taken a significant step towards recovery following a brain haemorrhage with the news this week that the player was set to travel to the Penrose Rehab Centre for further treatment.
Boudreau had previously suffered the intracranial condition some two months ago while attending a World Series of Poker event in Las Vegas.
News of his illness swept through the professional poker world, generating a significant amount of chatter on Twitter and other social media as fans and fellow players alike joined in offering messages of support.
Sensing the level of support for their son, the Boudreau family set about setting up a special donations page on youcaring.com which gave fans and supporters the chance to pledge money to a fund set up to help pay some of the costs incurred through the care of Boudreau.
The family set an initial fundraising target of $50,000 and were hopeful of reaching this figure.
But what they couldn’t have anticipated was just how quickly that total would be reached, with a latest update from the Boudreau family revealing that this number has already been surpassed with a total of $62,565 in donations.
As an additional thank you to those supporting this great cause, the family also provided an update on Kevin’s condition noting that the player’s progress has already “far exceeded” the initial prognosis made by doctors treating him.
“His therapy has gone very well,” a statement on the youcaring page said.
“In addition to the progress with his left leg, arm and hand, he’s also making lots of progress with his neck, shoulders, back, trunk, and pelvis.
“His mind is being challenged and he’s talking through touch with an IPad. He even pointed to the location of pain today.”
This story is the latest heartfelt tale from the world of poker, proving that those behind the cards carry their own personal and often heartbreaking stories.
Earlier this month, there was the story of six UK-based poker players who took part in a unique underwater card game.
The event was set up to raise money for a major cancer charity, and proved to be a roaring success by all accounts.
In the meantime, the message to the Boudreau family and Kevin himself is a simple one: get well soon.