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Help the Tobias Family Heal

$52,310 of $250,000 goal

Raised by 382 people in 1 month
Created April 9, 2019
Team RedShoes
on behalf of Aaron Tobias
On the morning of March 6, 2019, Clearwater school teacher Kimberly Tobias, daughter Morgan (14), son Caleb (13), and foreign exchange student Didrik (17), were on their way to school when their Toyota Corolla was T-boned by a Ford Expedition, leaving them severely injured.  The Ford Expedition had been traveling at a high rate of speed when its driver failed to observe a stop sign.  (News Article) Meanwhile, Kim’s husband, Aaron, was overseas when he learned that his entire family had been in the accident and then endured 32 hours of travel to get home.

Kim, Caleb, and Didrik sustained critical injuries and Morgan had serious injuries.  By God’s grace, all of them survived the accident.  Morgan was able to transition her recovery from the hospital to home after just over a day in the hospital, while Didrik required an extensive surgery and a week-long stay in the ICU.  With sixteen different broken bones, including severe compound fractures requiring three reconstructive surgeries so far and six blood transfusions, Kim has exceeded all expectations and after 23 days in the hospital is now on the road to recovery at home with the help of family and friends.  Kim still faces at least one additional surgery and the challenge of learning to walk again after more than three months in a wheelchair.

While Kim, Morgan, & Didrik make solid progress in their recoveries at home, Caleb remains in the Pediatric ICU (PICU) fighting for his life, as he has yet to regain consciousness. After sustaining massive facial and cranial injuries and pelvic fractures, Caleb remains on a ventilator and feeding tube. A series of miraculous interventions, eight blood transfusions, three surgeries (with at least two more planned), and many answers to prayer have lifted him to a slow, steady improvement as he continues to show signs of progress. Although his prognosis is uncertain, what is certain is that the road to recovery is very long. We look forward to Caleb returning to his vibrant spirited young personality and appreciate every element of support offered from all over the world.

If able, please consider donating any amount to support this family.  Funds will be used to help cover the multitude of expenses they face as a result of the accident, such as uncovered immediate medical/rehabilitation costs, basic family living expenses (with Aaron having to be off work to take care of his family), travel for other family members to assist the Tobias’, and to assist in the long term recovery and rehabilitation expenses associated with the extensive injuries Kim and Caleb sustained.  Caleb is expected to remain in the PICU for another few months, then he will likely transfer to a pediatric neurological rehabilitation hospital hundreds of miles away for an unknown length of time.

Most importantly, please pray for the Tobias family, as they continue to be sustained through these extreme trials by the restorative power of prayer through our Savior Jesus Christ.
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For those who haven't made the jump to the updates at:
https://caringbridge.org/visit/tobiasfamily

Caleb has made the move to Madonna Rehab Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska, and has started speaking a few words!

Thanks again to all for the tremendous outpouring of support and prayers for our family!
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THANK YOU for the tremendous outpouring of support! We will never be able to say thank you enough to everyone, but know that God is answering our prayers each day, and your contributions are helping ease one area of burden we face.

We have created a Caringbridge site to help provide updates going forward. Please go to the site to stay tuned:

https://caringbridge.org/visit/tobiasfamily
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38 days ago (7 days after the accident) we had to move to the largest room in the PICU because they had so many machines, monitors, & tubes hooked up to keep Caleb stable: 18 different ones. Today, all but 2 are gone, and there is plenty of space for an updated family photo!

Caleb's eye surgery looks to be on track for a good recovery. He appears to have fought off the infection, & started putting some weight back on in preparation for the next series of surgeries he will need to have, slated to start in about 2 weeks.

Kim continues to struggle with severe nerve pain in her uninjured foot, and the results of her testing last week suggest another major surgery will be required. Her doctor has to consult with a colleague to put a clear plan together for her & we hope to have that plan identified this week.

Didrik continues a steady build-up of physical and emotional strength, and is even back to being able to run. Morgan continues to power thru a few lingering aches, but is otherwise doing well.

Once again, thank you all for the tremendous support and prayers. Wishing you a Happy Easter, as we rejoice in Christ's defeat of death!

Just as the disciples must have been feeling lost on this Holy Saturday, we continue to pray and look forward to what we just haven't seen yet for all of us fighting thru this dark time:
https://youtu.be/X1eMZiOJ0a0
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$52,310 of $250,000 goal

Raised by 382 people in 1 month
Created April 9, 2019
Team RedShoes
on behalf of Aaron Tobias
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