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Patrick Hall was his daughter's age when he was diagnosed with asthma.

Four-year-old Milaniah Hall is asthma-free, but the condition is unfortunately no stranger to the kindergartner.

She watched her father suffer a severe asthma attack and respiratory failure when the two were home alone together in early September

For two weeks leading up to Sept. 5, 24-year-old Patrick suffered severe asthmatic symptoms that he was unable to control with his inhaler or nebulizer, devices that administer medication directly to the lungs.

That Sunday around 8:30 p.m., the West Manchester Township man's asthma attack intensified and he called 911 as he entered respiratory failure.

When paramedics arrived, they were unable to create an airway, and Hall fell into cardiac arrest.

Paramedics administered CPR in the ambulance, taking him and Milaniah to York Hospital.

First responders described Milaniah as "mortified" when they arrived at the house, said Lisa Hall, Patrick Hall's mother.

Starting over: Once at the hospital, Hall, a non-smoker, arrested again.

This time, remained down for approximately 25 minutes, during which he experienced a stroke, she said.

Medical staff immediately ushered him to the open-heart intensive care unit, where they connected him to a ventilator and a machine that helped his heart and lungs to function.

Patrick Hall remained unresponsive and connected to the machine for a week, and he's now moved to a rehab center and breathing on his own.

However, due to the stroke and lack of oxygen to his brain, Hall has suffered traumatic brain injury and is unable to walk or speak.

He's expected to be in therapy for at least a month, and his progress will determine when —or even whether — he's able to return to his work as a bartender at Quaker Steak & Lube, his mother said.

The family is hosting a "Dine to Donate" fundraiser all day Thursday, Oct. 1, at the West Manchester Township franchise, 1411 Kenneth Road.

All day Thursday, diners can request to have 20 percent of their bills in food purchases donated to Hall's medical costs and ongoing care. The American Lung Association will provide information on asthma care and education.

Allergies: Doctors still aren't sure what caused the severe attack, which Hall's little girl grapples to understand.

When he was very young, Hall's parents visited the pediatrician often due to his chronic cough and persistent illnesses.

"We could never quite diagnose it," said his mother, Lisa Hall.

After seeing an allergist and enduring a series of tests, they determined that Patrick was allergic to "everything under the sun," Lisa said. The allergies developed into asthma, she said.