Sgt. Wing Woo's Medical Fund
When pulled from the water by his son, lifesaving efforts began immediately. Wing had no pulse and had, for all intents and purposes, drowned. Wing went into full cardiac arrest during CPR. After several minutes they were able to get a pulse. He was transported to Maui Memorial in a coma. Wing had ingested a considerable amount of sand and seawater, which quickly became the emergent threat to his life. Due to his extremely unstable condition, the doctors were not able to perform additional necessary testing until three days after the initial accident.
Wing remained in a coma until Monday, June 27th. When he was considered stable enough to breathe on his own for the duration of the 45+ minute MRI, the tests were done. The MRI showed brain activity and good heart condition. However, it also showed considerable swelling on his spine. At this time, Wing has limited mobility below the neck. The full prognosis regarding his movement is unclear at this time.
What we do know, is that we need to bring Wing home to Seattle to receive the absolute best care possible for his spinal injury at Harborview Medical Center.
The costs to bring him home, due to the extensive care he will require enroute, is approximately $65,000.00. In addition, there will be countless medical expenses unpaid by insurance throughout the long road he and his family have ahead of them.
At this time, Medivac is requiring a guarantor to the initial $50,000.00 prior to takeoff from Hawaii. Without that, they will not fly him out.
Sgt. Woo has been serving the public with the King County Sheriff's Dept. for 32 years. He is married to Jackie and has two beautiful children, a daughter who is 12 and his son who is 14. Wing's mother-in-law, Catherine Marino, will be facilitating this fund for Wing.
From all of his family, including those in Blue, thank you so much for your donation. It means so much to be part of such an amazing extended family.
Thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts.
They asked that I share with you where they are in their quest for full mobility for Wing. With never-ending battles with the insurance company, Wing had to choose between outpatient therapy and in-home therapy. Wait, What?! Ultimately they have chosen for the insurance company to cover the intensive outpatient therapy as the cost is higher. However, that leaves them paying out of pocket approximately $1800.00/month for therapy in the home.
Currently Wing goes every Tuesday and Thursday to the University of Washington for two hours each visit. He receives both occupational and physical therapy. Monday through Saturday there is a CNA that comes to the house and assists with physical therapy. It is awesome that Wing is FINALLY receiving some level of therapy 6 days each week on a consistent basis!
In addition, they are in the process of expanding a small bathroom on the main level and installing a shower for Wing. Since coming home, he has needed to go across the street and use a neighbor’s shower. I’m including a couple of pictures to show the bathroom project. You will see the small bathroom and then the framing for the extension.
The other picture is of Wing with his friend Moe, who visits regularly. Moe was Wing’s favorite nurse during his time in Harborview.
Wing continues to struggle with mobility on his left side, but is working hard to increase it. He is able to lift both legs now, and told me he could even kick me with his right leg if he needed to. Ummmm, I think I'll take his word for it. LOL. His attitude and sense of humor are inspiring! He is determined to kayak again one day in Puget Sound. I have no doubt he will!
My last update let you all know that Wing needed to purchase a mobility van. They have located a van that will be perfect, but it has a recall issue right now that is preventing them from actually purchasing it. It sits at the dealership waiting for that to be resolved. Hopefully it won’t be too much longer. In the meantime he is utilizing both King County Access and Snohomish County D.A.R.T. for his transportation to and from therapy.
Wing and his family wanted me to thank each and every one of you for your kindness, generosity and prayers over these past 7 months. It has been a difficult and challenging journey for them and there is much work to be done, but they continue to face the challenges head on and are thankful for every sign of progress along the way. Thank you and God Bless.
and Kersey Mobility (kerseymobility.com), the family hopes to get Woo out of the house and on the road before the end of the year. If you are able to help Wing raise enough money to offset the cost of this much needed mobility van, it would be greatly appreciated. Jackie shared with me that last week, after being pulled to his feet, Wing was able to stand in place for 7 minutes! He has also continued making progress with movement on his left side. While Wing continues to fight for every inch moving forward, let's give him the tools needed to get there! Thank you for your prayers and support. They mean more than words can express. The Woo Family would like to wish you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Thanks to many wonderful people donating their time, the ramps are in place, th e doors have been widened and now they want to bring him home. However, the reality is that Wing needs to be at a facility for continued rehabilitation to prepare him of his new life at home. Insurance is refusing to pay and the Wings are forced to pay out of pocket for the current facility. Unfortunately, that is just one of many battles with the insurance company. I can’t even begin to tell you the nightmare story of the insurance failure from start to finish. Not only are they fighting for every ounce of physical progress for Wing, but are forced to also battle the insurance company at every single turn. Jackie shared how they denied the appeal for the medivac; they have denied various pieces of equipment along the way pertaining to his wheelchair and they have denied equipment needed to care for him at home. BASIC equipment needs such as the full electric bed and the hoist needed to move him from the bed to the chair, or the chair to the shower stall. The list goes on and on and on. The insurance company appears to be operating from a standpoint of forcing every claim to be appealed by either Jackie or the care provider. That, in and of itself, takes a considerable amount of time and energy. Let’s face it, they don’t have much of either these days. Wing has dedicated over three decades to his community and certainly has paid for insurance all along the way. Yet when a tragedy strikes and he needs to actually use the insurance he has paid for his entire adult life, it has failed him and his family! Unbelievable.
Meanwhile, Wing continues to be Wing. He fights to get better every day. He works hard in therapy every day. His family is thankful for every small sign of progress and improvement. The current rehabilitation center is working with Wing to encourage him to move his wheelchair by using his hand controls instead of blowing into a straw. This is both challenging and encouraging as he is improving his hand mobility because of this. J
Jackie asked for a special thank you to Robin Blahous, Phil Borgnes and Jake Bergevin for organizing the student’s movie night at Edmonds-Woodway High School to raise awareness of the fundraising efforts on behalf of their family.
Please continue to share Wing's story and to support whenever possible. Your generosity and support continues to be such a gift to Wing and his family. I know many of you have asked for more frequently updates, but trust me, progress is slow and, while there is much going on in the background, we need to allow time to do what it does best. Stand by though, my husband and I are visiting Wing tomorrow and hope to have an update next week totally focused on his progress!
The attached picture was drawn by Pat Wendt, a very close family friend who has known Wing for many years. I loved it and thought you would too.
Here is a message from Jackie, “Your love, prayers, support and generosity continue to lighten the burden of our most challenging journey. Thank you from The Woo Family.”
Dear donors and well wishers, Thank you so much for your generosity. This outpouring of love and support for Wing's family is unbelievable! To see how quickly the community jumped into action to help Uncle Wing demonstrates how much good there is in the world. I am so humbled by the donations received in just over 24 hours. Thank you, thank you, thank you. With sincerest gratitude, Tracy Smith (Wing's oldest niece from VA)
Just found this go fund me page. I get paid Friday and will be donating at that time, two days before payday and I am kinda broke at the moment, LOL. But I did want to comment. From New York, I send my prayers and hopes to this family as a supporter of my law enforcement community and from a family of law enforcement officers. Your dedication to your community for all those years deserves our support and our prayers for your recovery. It is time to bring this officer home to his family and his friends so they can support his recovery. It must be frustrating for his fellow cops not to be able to be by his side right now so my prayers go out to them also. Take care, see you Friday. God Bless
While I'm not able to give financially @ this time, I am praying for Sgt. Woo & his family! All my thoughts, prayer & love are sent your way as well as all my graditude for your service! I have shared this page on my Facebook, my brother n law is a deputy sheriff so I understand the sacrifices Sgt. Woo & his family have made. God bless him & his family!
Sgt. Woo, you are one of our own in Shoreline, and as I scroll down the list of donors, it warms my heart to see so many people and businesses have stepped up to make sure you are coming home, and will be getting the best care at Harborview. Our Shoreline firefighters will be there to get you from the airport to the hospital. All our prayers to you for a speedy recovery and to your family for all the support they need.