Patrick Fisher TBI Recovery Fund
Please Help Patrick Fisher in his recovery from a Traumatic Brain Injury and his fight to Take Back Independence
My19 year old son, Patrick Fisher and his 3 yr old daughter, Haylie, need your help and support now more than ever. Patrick is very passionate about Environmental Engineering and landscaping. He re-landscaped our residence and the day of the accident he sent me a good morning photo of "Mom's Garden" that he had just finished before going off to class. Patrick is a single dad and a loving son, but his life changed drastically on May 14, 2014, at 3:04 PM, when he was involved in near fatal car accident.
Patrick suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury, multiple pelvic fractures, bruised internal organs, multiple contusions and lacerations. Doctor's did not expect him to live through the night. Patrick showed all that he is a fighter. He has spent 14 days in the Neuro ICU both in and out of an induced coma, had brain surgery, pelvic surgery, cranial drains, chest tubes, tracheotomy and other tubes.
Patrick transferred out of ICU sooner than expected and his prognosis will remain uncertain until all the brain swelling subsides in the coming months. Doctors are amazed at his rapid progression in two short weeks, but with this type of injury there will be many up and downs with unforeseen obstacles as Patrick embarks on this journey towards rehabilitation.
He has months in the hospital and a long road in front of him. His youth, Irish will and love from family, friends and prayer will go a long way, but he needs support for his medical care and rehabilitation expenses.
Please help our family help Patrick to have the best fighting chance possible at an excellent recovery.
May 14, 2014, around 3 PM you wrapped your beloved Mercedes SUV around a giant Redwood tree. An hour later came that dreaded knock on the door which brought me to my knees and sent me crying on the floor. After what seemed like an eternity but was only seconds looking back, I grabbed my keys, phone, and purse and headed to Stanford fearing the worst. Little did I know what I would see, but what I saw couldn’t have possibly prepared me for how bad it could be. Met by a priest in that trauma bay there were no words that could console me that terrible day. In a coma, you went so your brain could swell. Would you live? Neurosurgeons could not tell. What followed that night was a marathon I never thought I would run, conversations with every Stanford doctor under the sun. Brain surgery I was told was your only chance and due to the multiple pelvic fractures in you probably would never walk. If you survived the surgeries nothing was guaranteed and that I should be prepared for how bad the outcome most likely would be. I headed to the Chapel and you to the OR. I prayed to God for a little more. More time with you good days or bad, time for you to be a dad.
The lord answered my call and on that day, we set sail on a journey that has had so many twists and turns but no set path. With a smile on our face and love in our heart, we take each day as if it was our last. I am so very grateful because I see that despite this terrible traumatic brain injury, you are still you and I am still me. Ten months, four hospitals and you’re back at home. Talking, laughing, joking around and annoying me with that heavy metal sound. I am so proud of your efforts because I see firsthand how hard it is for you to understand. Each day you ask me, “Why?” “Why hit a tree” and I wish I had the answer that only God can see. No hospital nor court will take us down and you deserve to wear that Golden Crown. Continue the fight my son to TAKE BACK INDEPENDENCE and you shall see even with this traumatic brain injury how beautiful this life can really be.
I love you forever and always!
We are forever grateful for your continued support and prayers. Please share this post to raise awareness for survivors of traumatic brain injury and support Patrick's recovery fund if you can donate.
Thank you and God Bless,
Catherine & Patrick
As we approach the two-year mark since Patrick's traumatic brain injury, I can't help but look back on the astounding progress Patrick has made when his initial prognosis was imminent death. On the medical front, Patrick is walking, talking, attending a day program three days a week using paratransit and he is able to do many activities of daily living without assistance. He still needs 24/7 supervision but, he is gaining independence daily. He has been taken off two of his three meds and the last will most likely be discontinued shortly. Patrick will most likely start in an adaptive physical education course at a local community college in the near future,
On the legal front, the nightmare continues. Patrick own father (my ex-husband) and the County's public guardian are pushing to place Patrick in a long-term residential facility which Patrick doesn't want and there is no need to do so. We go to trial in May and God willing Patrick will remain at home as there is no need to remove Patrick from the only home he has ever known.
Please help in supporting Patrick on his journey to recovery if you are able. If you can't, please help me spread this post and say prayers for Patrick and I that his journey will continue at the only home that he knows with his daughter Haylie by his side as well as his family and not a residential living facility.
God Bless and thank you,
One year following Patrick's arrival home after 8 months in the hospital and Patrick will start attending his day program at Services for Brain Injury (SBI) without a caretaker. This is a major milestone for Patrick as it is indicative of his progress from needing 24/7 high level supervised care to being able to transport and attend his program without a 1:1 attendant. Patrick amazes us all daily with his progress and how hard he works at improving his cognition, verbalization, activities of daily living and physical recovery. Patrick is now able to engage in simple conversation, navigate his phone with greater ease and only uses his wheelchair for long distance transport.
This past year has been a wild journey. We have not only navigated the TBI recovery path, but simultaneously navigated the legal arena. We have embattled in a legal fight to keep Patrick at home (where he wants to be) and we face trial in April. Patricks medical are life long and the legal bills continue to mount. Patrick has a long road ahead but has the determination toTake Back Independence and help to parent his daughter.
The outpouring of support since Patrick's initial car accident has been nothing less than amazing and this is what keeps us going each and every day along with God's love. Patrick and I are so grateful for your prayers, warms words, and support. Every little bit counts so please help spread the word and Don't bet on the Superbowl, Bet on Patrick Fisher and donate if you can.
God bless and Thank you,
Catherine & Patrick
It has been nearly two years since Patrick's car accident leaving Patrick with a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), multiple pelvic fractures, lacerated/bruised vital organs and the need for full-time (24/7) care. I can hardly believe that he has been home now for a full year. Many doubted he would live, be able to come home let alone resemble his humorous and vivacious self again.
Patrick works daily at shedding the pounds by adhering to a regimen of low calorie intake coupled with activity as tolerated by attending a day program three days a week, walking several times a day, riding the recumbent bicycle 45-60 minutes per day, pool therapy/exercise program and stacks and stacks of cognitive materials. Patrick is a long way from where he hopes to be in the days, months and years ahead. Just how far can he go? No one's quite sure as recovery from TBI is a unique journey with no two TBI injuries alike. We will never give up and will continue to navigate these unchartered waters with the support of family, friends and fellow TBI survivors and caretakers worldwide. Patrick has made great strides in his ADL (Activities of Daily Living) as he is able to assist with the laundry (see video), interacts with his daughter Haylie when she visits and is quick to express his opinions (see 2nd video).
Each and every day we are thankful for how far Patrick has traveled on this rollercoaster journey in two very short years. While at times the days seemed like they would never end and yet each day moves us a little further past courtrooms and hospitals. Patrick and I will continue the journey as we move forward with a remarkable sense of "positivity", "gratitude" and "humor". However, the legal costs of fighting this conservatorship are staggering and Patrick's present and future medical care needs are well into the millions. Immediately, Patrick needs a wheelchair lift, special phone/laptop and home modifications to allow him to continue to regain his independence. Patrick's governmental benefits were revoked due to matters out of my control with the Public Guardian and I am funding 100% of Patrick's expenses but for minimal guideline support from his father that came only after I sought a court order.
Please help Patrick and our family by donating if you able (no matter how small every little bit helps) and share the link ( http://www.gofundme.com/P-Fisher-Recovery-Fund) and Patrick's story of miraculous recovery. Your support and prayers give us unwavering strength each day.
Thank you and God Bless,
Catherine and Patrick
He's amazing, Catherine. He's looking so much better, but I know looks are deceiving - I know he still needs major support. Just an idea... why don't you set up a Facebook page for him and his Go Fund Me? Love to you all............