Help Dan & Hildegard

$11,070 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 138 people in 42 months
Monica Louise
on behalf of Daniel McManus
 DURANGO, CO
On February 20th, Dan McManus (my dad) experienced a life threatening paragliding accident. He is currently going through multiple surgeries and doctors and nurses are working hard to try to save his life. There is no doubt that the medical expenses will be tremendous and Hildegard (his wife) can use all the help she can get.

Dan does not currently have medical insurance.  

Right now all we can do is pray and send positive energy his way. Anything helps and I will do my best to keep people posted. Love Love Love to all.
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Hi all,
It has been a bit since we posted on here.
Dan is doing very well. After the last time we posted he had a couple of speed bumps with repairing his abdomen, but it was finally completed Wednesday of last week.
It has been just over a month since the accident.
Hi pelvis was repaired yesterday. He has been able to speak with the help of a speaking valve they put in his trachea. Although he can talk, he is still in a pretty deep state of delirium, which is completely normal for someone who has been in the ICU for this amount of time. He says a lot of random things and doesn't necessarily know where he is at, but it is nice to hear him talk again despite that. And I think it feels good for him to get to hear his voice again.
He still has a long way to go, but has started some very very minor physical therapy. The PT's help move his arms around a bit, and he has even sat-up on the edge of the bed twice with the help of several staff members and therapists.
The next step moving forward is to deal with the left foot. It was very badly broken in a lot of places, and they have been waiting to see where the circulation comes back in it. He will lose some small parts of the end of his toes because the blood circulation didn't come back in those places. However, he is extremely lucky to get to keep the rest of his foot. Initially, the doctors thought he would lose the entire foot.
They will plan for this surgery in the coming days.

Thank you thank you thank you all. Dan must know he is loved by the outpour of people reaching out. We still can't thank you all enough for your help, kindness, and concern. At this point we think he has pulled through and will make it. We continue to pray for graceful success in his surgeries to come, and no more 'speed bumps' so to say, although they are to be expected. We will continue to keep people posted, and thank you again.
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Hello!
Thank you all for your generosity and kind words. The outpouring of love for Dan is so humbling and beautiful.
Dan is doing a little bit better everyday. Today marks two weeks since the accident.
In the last couple days he has had a surgery to work on his abdomen and start closing his stomach, which went really well. They hope to only need one more surgery either today or tomorrow to actually close the abdomen. He also had a surgery to repair the open fracture in his tib/fib on the right leg, which also went really well. They are giving the left foot more time to heal right now. It remains fractured in several spots but is still so swollen that they can't do much about it. The doctors were initially concerned about losing the foot, but they think he will definitely keep it now because it has improved so drastically. They have allowed him to breath on his own more and more with each day. Although, they will not be removing the ventilator (which was relocated to his trachea) for a while, in case he needs assistance, and they will use it for further surgeries as well.
The doctors and nurses continue to be amazed at his progress, and with the help of so many things (the quick reactions of bystanders, speedy pickup from the ambulance, doctors and nurses efforts, etc.) it is truly a miracle that he is still with us. He is one tough man. From here on we can hope to not have any speed bumps and his injuries should continue to improve little by little. We thank you all so much for your support.
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Hi friends, family,
For an update on Dan:
He is hanging in there. He had a 6th surgery today that went really well.
He is having dialysis to keep the toxins out of his body, and reduce the amount of fluids in his system because his kidneys are just not able to handle everything on their own.
We got to speak with the orthopedic surgeon today who gave us promising news. His legs, foot, and pelvis should all be repairable, and he will be able to walk again if everything goes well. This will still be an injury that will definitely impact the rest of his life.
Right now they are focusing on repairing his stomach, managing his blood pressure and pain, and getting his lung muscles strong enough to breath on his own so they can get him off of the ventilator.
Tomorrow will be another resting day.

Thank you all so much for your support. Keep the positive energy and prayers coming!!! He is a strong super hero of a man, and we know this won't bring him down, but right now it's his turn to receive the strength of others. Love to all.
PS: his dog Shadow was not involved in the accident.
Dan and Shadow
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Update from Hildegard:

So Dan is back out of today's surgery. The docs reached today's goal and Dan pulled through surprisingly stable . Thank you Universe and to all our friends and family who are sending support and prayers. I know Dan feels it and puts his part into it. We hope the night goes well and tomorrow will be a rest day ( no surgery ) for him, so the next step moving forward to repair his body can be taken. This is and will be life changing, a chance to grow. Love you All !
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Hildegard Niedeggen
42 months ago
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So Dan is back out of today's OR( surgery) , the docs reached today's goal and Dan pulled thru surprisingly stable . Thank you Universe and to all our friends and family who are sending support and prayers. I know Dan feels it and puts his part into it. Hope the night goes well and tmw will be a rest day ( no surgery ) for him so the next step to repair his body can be taken. This is and will be life changing, a chance to grow. Love you All !

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David Hanning
42 months ago

Dan the man you will fly again. Please come back to us soon. I understand you have good help right now. Please do the hard work on your end to help them clean up the mess. I'll come see you this summer!

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Nile Durham
42 months ago

Out of everyone we know you are definitely someone who has earned some good karma. You can get through this Dan we know you can! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. -Nile and Jess-

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Rachelle Maxey
42 months ago

So sad to hear,, blessing to u & yrs,, from all us MAXEYS

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Lori Fitzgerald
42 months ago

From Ryan Voight: The Voights are sending good juju from New York! Dan's a strong willed, sometimes stuborn, fighter... I'm surprised the ground he hit didn't need medical attention wink emoticon Side question- Does he have health insurance? I know even with insurance just the self-pay, co-pay, deductible etc amounts can snowball into huge numbers... but I noticed the GoFundMe page didn't say- and if he's without coverage at all, knowing that might help with the fundraising

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WL
$100
Wally Long
40 months ago

Get well, Brother.

TM
$180
Terrence Mcmanus
41 months ago

This donation is from mary, Duane, Alaura, Chris Adair family. Also Erin, Brandon, Akayla McKim family Danny get better our prayers are with you xoxo

GS
$50
Gunter Schmidt
41 months ago

I know what Dan is going thru. I had a bad paragliding accident 9-1/2 years ago. Lost my left leg below the knee, but they were able to save my right one. I know Dan will make it and continue on with an active life. I am very active - play golf 3-4 days per week, work out, go hiking etc. I'm sure Dan will exceed that. And I'm only 70 years old now. Please let Dan know he is in our thoughts and prayers, and if he would like I'd love to talk with him. Gunter Schmidt

JR
$100
John Russell
41 months ago

Hildegard: Our heart goes out to you and Dan during this difficult time. John and June

JO
$100
John Olson
41 months ago
DS
$50
David Sharp
41 months ago
JS
$100
Jeff S
42 months ago
$30
Anonymous
42 months ago
DG
$200
David Gibson
42 months ago

Thinking about all of you.

LT
$30
laurent tronchet
42 months ago

bon rétablissement, Dan!

Hildegard Niedeggen
42 months ago
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1

So Dan is back out of today's OR( surgery) , the docs reached today's goal and Dan pulled thru surprisingly stable . Thank you Universe and to all our friends and family who are sending support and prayers. I know Dan feels it and puts his part into it. Hope the night goes well and tmw will be a rest day ( no surgery ) for him so the next step to repair his body can be taken. This is and will be life changing, a chance to grow. Love you All !

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David Hanning
42 months ago

Dan the man you will fly again. Please come back to us soon. I understand you have good help right now. Please do the hard work on your end to help them clean up the mess. I'll come see you this summer!

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Nile Durham
42 months ago

Out of everyone we know you are definitely someone who has earned some good karma. You can get through this Dan we know you can! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. -Nile and Jess-

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Rachelle Maxey
42 months ago

So sad to hear,, blessing to u & yrs,, from all us MAXEYS

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Lori Fitzgerald
42 months ago

From Ryan Voight: The Voights are sending good juju from New York! Dan's a strong willed, sometimes stuborn, fighter... I'm surprised the ground he hit didn't need medical attention wink emoticon Side question- Does he have health insurance? I know even with insurance just the self-pay, co-pay, deductible etc amounts can snowball into huge numbers... but I noticed the GoFundMe page didn't say- and if he's without coverage at all, knowing that might help with the fundraising

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