Anthony's Rehabilitation Fund
My little brother, Anthony Bing, was in a terrible snowmobile accident on January 3, 2016, while we were sledding together in the back country. Sledding is his passion. It was nearing the end of an amazing day of sledding together with Mindy, his wife, myself, my 4 year old son, and our mother and father when this horrific nightmare happened. We had all been playing on the hills all day long, Anthony decided to go up one last time. The hill got a little steep and Anthony's sled came right over backwards, spun 180 degrees and the track of the snowmobile landed on his leg while the throttle was stuck wide open. The scratcher (a metal bar that digs in the snow) went through his boot and through his achilles tendon which stopped him from being able to pull his leg out. Meanwhile the back end of the track ripped through his clothing removed all the skin and tissue and into the muscle and tendons on the back side of his entire right leg. While the track was spinning at 70 mph it was cauterizing as it ate through his leg. He put his hand into the track to free his leg and shattered his hand. I was quickly at his side and able to get him down onto flat ground where I removed my clothes to make tourniquets to stop the bleeding. We called an ambulance and my amazingly tough in shock brother road out to the parking lot where the ambulance rushed him off to the Whistler Clinic. The clinic did triage on him and determined they could not do anything for him and then rushed him down to Vancouver General Hospital to the burn unit. He has suffered massive nerve damage to his leg and has next to zero feeling in his right leg. The pain killers and nerve pain killers are so strong that he is not able to focus on anything let alone type and ask for help. Watching him convulse in pain to the point of passing out for weeks on end is the worst thing that I have ever experienced and I pray that this kind of accident never happens to anybody ever again.
Since being in the hospital he has had 5 skin grafts for his ankle and his hamstring area on top of having a broken hand and massive internal nerve damage that can’t be seen.
After the first skin graft the actual graft on his ankle was somehow removed during a bandage change and was never noticed until he was admitted at Lionsgate 10 days after his initial surgery.
The transfer to Lionsgate was another fiasco in this nightmare. The doctors at VGH determined that Anthony was ready to go “home” about 5 days post surgery. Well, home to Fort St John wasn’t an option because of the lack of doctors and proper medical care for the injuries he had. So the hospital decided that he should go to Prince George. After Mindy and his mom did more extensive research into the medical care available in Prince George they learned that they too didn’t have the proper medical care for Anthony’s injuries. When they tried to talk to the VGH staff they were given the run around and basically told the hospital policy was to send him to the nearest hospital to his home town and that’s what they were doing. Well, in order to beat the system they changed Anthony’s legal address to his parents home in North Vancouver. VGH was then forced to either keep him there or transfer him to Lionsgate Hospital in North Vancouver. By keeping Anthony in the Vancouver area it allows for more family support and a two hour flight for his wife instead of a six hour drive to be able to visit when she can.
Because there are no doctors in Fort St. John even when Anthony is allowed out of the hospital he will have to stay in the Vancouver area for more appointments with specialists and follow ups with surgeons. In order for him to attend each appointment he has to travel by ambulance which is not covered by BC medical.
When the surgeon at Lionsgate did an initial assessment of Anthony’s injuries he noticed that there was nothing in the file about the damage to Anthony’s ankle area. They especially failed to mention that the skin graft hadn’t taken and that the actual skin around the achilles tendon was receding and festering thus making the wound much more significant and requiring immediate treatment in order for the best change of recovering movement and sensation in the area.
After determining all of this, the surgeon then told us, the family, that there was nothing he could do because the two hospitals were fighting over the administrative side of who should be responsible for the costs to correct and continue to treat Anthony’s injuries. Another week went by of Anthony continuing to lay in a hospital bed in excruciating pain and feel as though his leg is rotting away a little more every day.
It is now March 5, 2016 and he is still in the hospital for a minimum of one more month pending the last skin graft takes.
Over the last 64 days we have learned also that his medical insurance doesn't cover his medications. When he was first admitted to the hospital the medications he was given turned into a massive allergic reaction which resulted in new meds that we later learned he is also allergic too. In the end the only meds that he can take without breaking into a rash from head to toe are not covered by BC Medical. The cost of these are over $1000 a week.
That doesn’t include any of the future surgeries that he will have to have to fix the nerve damage along with countless nerve testing, years of physio and rehab and the medication for them as well. The doctors are saying that once he is out of the hospital he will have physio for a minimum of a year 4 to 5 times a week. With only 12 visits a year covered by medical, the bills will be huge.
If the accident was not bad enough, Anthony and his wife’s financial situation is really struggling. Anthony runs a company in Fort St. John and since this was not a work related injury he is not being paid anymore. He qualifies for short term disability which is less than a grand every 2 weeks which doesn’t even cover the cost of his medication. His hospital room costs $200 a day as he requires a private room because his customized walker does not fit in the bathroom of a shared room but his injury for some reason does not qualify for a paid private room. This is something that shouldn’t even be an issue, because it is a requirement of his injuries. We have always been told that the hospital stay is covered by BC Medical. After receiving a bill for over $4,000 just for his stay at Lionsgate Hospital, Anthony and his wife found out the hard way, that isn’t true.
On top of that, he has bills and a mortgage like everybody else. Mindy has to be in Fort St John with their dogs and her job and can’t afford to come down and see her husband anymore than she already has.
Due to the change in the economy in the oil and gas industry there is no guarantee there will be a company to return to once he is able. If he wasn’t beaten up enough physically, just imagine the mental deterioration and depression of not being able to provide for his family.
My brother is one of my biggest inspirations in life. I have always looked up to him even though he is my little brother. He is a huge teddy bear underneath everything and has bent over backwards to help me over the years and would do the same for anyone in need and this is one of the reasons I find myself trying to help him, not because he is my brother but because he would do whatever he could for me or anyone else.
If you can help in anyway even a little I know it would be appreciated and never forgotten. If you can’t help financially but are able to reach out in another way god bless you. Thanks for taking the time to hear his story.
I have attached a few pictures below if you would like to see the damage but if you are queezy please do not scroll farther and the video is at the very bottom
Back of leg and calf. Over a 1.5" in depth of difference between normal and now. There is a graft already there.
Failing graft- those are very painful blisters
top of leg is where graft came from wound on back of thigh and calf
very badly bruised ankle
back of ankle where steel scratcher went through. open wound - yellow is tendons
Do not watch video if you get queezy
Anthony is currently in Fort St. John Hospital waiting for his Doctors to submit an application to the Glenrose Rehabilitation in Edmonton, Alberta.
He has now been 19 Months in Hospital. No one could have imagined this!
Getting into a Rehabilitation Hospital has been a really difficult and slow process. Anthony has had numerous corrective surgeries (12 to date) to get his still-paralyzed lower right leg into a position for walking . He is at that point right now where his foot is almost flat and where Rehab is crucial to him walking, and yet he has been rejected at the GF Strong Rehabilitation hospital - due to lack of documentation and support documents - so his care-givers are now concentrating on getting a proper assessment package ready for the Glen Rose Rehabilitation Hospital in Edmonton. We pray that he will be admitted!
He is very depressed and frustrated and wants nothing more than to get out of hospital, and into Rehab and get home to begin his life again.
We are switching to a new Go Fund Me Page for a few reasons. This campaign nearly reached his goal for which we are really grateful. It seems like an enormous amount of money, but when you have no income, and huge expenses which are not covered by our medical system it goes quickly.
Our new page, which will be managed by my Mom (Heddy Bing) is
I hope you will follow her updates, and share the posts, and if you are able to write letters, call Anthony, pray for him, keep him in your thoughts or continue to pledge money to Anthony's recovery that would be so helpful to him mentally and physically.
Once again...thank you so much
I’m sitting here with Mindy in the Fort St John Hospital. I’ll be here for another week before I have to go back to Vancouver for another surgery I think but never know, they never give notice, coming to FSJ I had 25 minutes notice was all. It’s been tough being here and seeing everything I want to be doing but am not able to do. Mindy was away most of the past 3 weeks that I’ve been here so it’s been really lonely. Not to mention the added stress of having the heater in our house stop working and the basement flooded a couple weeks later. I’m sorry if I seem down when talking with you but I’m really struggling with staying positive. I’m usually lucky to get 1-2 hours of sleep in a night so text me any time.
It’s been great to see my dogs and hang out with them when Mindy brings them for a visit. Flora loves watching the other dogs out the window and Boo lays on my bed with me.
Hope to see you before I leave and for those in Vancouver and the Island I look forward to seeing you all as soon as I am back. Text me and let me know you’re coming.
I am so grateful to all of you.
I pray for safety and enjoinment to all of us in our adventures.
Never stop living your dreams.
Post-surgery (March 21,2017) Update #2:
This surgery was to be way different than any in my past. I was really scared. It wasn’t the same kind of worrying and common fears as the other surgeries I’ve had, this one was different. After the last surgery in the spring, I had more pain that anything else I’ve ever felt, even more than the accident itself. I was told before that surgery that the pain would be very very bad and I was told that this newest surgery would be a lot worse than that by Dr. Younger my surgeon. After my previous surgery, I felt that the mobility and range of motion in my foot went down as well. My foot was in a better position for walking but I was walking on the outside edge of my foot and put a lot of pressure on my ankle which is still weak from the accident. This was all with my custom brace on which was very painful with every step and the brace caused huge painful blisters which never got a chance to heal properly. If I would have known how bad the pain would be I never would have gone through with the last surgery I didn’t really feel that I had a chance with the newest surgery because it was still part of the last one. They finished the different things that they ran out of time to do last time.
There were other reasons why I was nervous going into this surgery. I hadn’t seen my surgeon in about three months because he had been away travelling and teaching others how to do ankle replacement surgery. There were several unknowns going into this surgery. I didn’t know what exactly they were going to do, how long I would be in the hospital, when I could start rehab and what I could do for rehab, etc. I found out later that they gave me a cancellation appointment to get me in sooner instead of waiting for my name to come up on the list. I was also very concerned about my pain management. I was still having a lot of pain from the previous surgery and was having to deal with it any way that I could because I was limited on what medications I could take.
Dr. Younger was very happy with how the surgery went. My foot is in a better position and it looks like you could walk on it. He is concerned about my toes and feels that they are curling more than they should. He said he considered cutting the tendons and fusing them straight during the surgery but then decided against it. There is a possibility of that needing to be done in future. This would mean adding on to the erector set already attached to my foot AKA (Ilizarov Procedure adding the External Fixator Device).
Today, Mindy and I are still unsure of what happens next or what to expect next. The hospital is trying to get me to be able to control my own pain meds but right now I am still on IV pain killers or instant pain relief. They haven’t decided if I’m going to stay here longer or if they are going to transfer me to Fort St John or a different hospital here or just kick me out onto the street. There are a lot of unanswered questions and it is very hard mentally and emotionally not knowing how to plan for the next day, week or month. That isn’t really any different than anything else during the process however it remains frustrating and unsettling.
I really want to thank all of you who are continuing to support me and my healing through this process. Who would have ever guessed it would be 15 months later and I would still be in a hospital fighting to save my foot. As I’ve mentioned in the past we are still uncertain as to the viability of my foot but we are hopeful that with the help of the mecano set I have a greater chance of success.
I feel like I would give my left hand to save my right foot. Because being able to walk and go places and see things just seems better to me. The definition of insanity is continuing to do the same thing expecting different results and through this process some days I feel that’s what I’m doing, just spinning my wheels. I lay in my hospital bed day in and day out hoping that each time I open my eyes I will be walking somewhere else.
If you have any ideas or fundraising opportunities, we are willing to help with the event but will need your help to put it together. Also, we still have things for sale so if there is something you might want let Mindy know and she will work out a deal with you.
Happy Easter everyone!! Thank you for your thoughts and prayers, keep it up!
I just got back to the apartment in Vancouver after visiting Anthony in St. Paul's Hospital. He had another major surgery on his right foot/ankle on Tuesday afternoon. When I spoke with Dr. Younger, the surgeon, after the surgery he was very happy with how everything went. He said they did the heal relocation and the removal of bone on the outside of his foot to get it straight, during that process they had to go back in on the inside of his ankle and re-release tendons in order to get his foot straight. Even with all of this the surgeon is happy with the result. They did install an external fixator to the outside of his foot instead of a cast. This screws into the bones and holds his foot in the correct position as it heals. It also allows the surgeon to tighten the different parts to keep it straight as it heals.
Anthony has been in a massive amount of pain since the surgery and continues to have severe nerve attacks and shooting nerve pain. He explained it to me tonight as a burning, shooting fire, electric shock pain. It seems to come and go in waves and when the strongest waves hit it is the most horrible thing to watch and I feel so helpless. The nurses at St Paul's have been fantastic and are working with a team of pain specialists to help get these to a minimum.
Anthony has been kept in a post surgery recovery area until they can get his pain under control and have a room open up for him on the surgery floor. Because of his special circumstances and allergies they are trying to find him a private room. We are very thankful for this and know it will help his mental state during this healing process.
I would like to thank Dr Younger and his amazing team for all they have done for Anthony. I have included a picture of the note Anthony left for Dr Younger and his reply. Also, a huge thank you to all of the nursing staff for everything they do and what they have done specifically to help Anthony receive the best care available in our medical system.
A huge thank you to all of our wonderful friends and family for your love and support during this hard time. There is no end in site but I still believe this a temporary setback for Anthony and one day, maybe this year maybe five years from now, he will be back on his feet and doing the things he loves.
I'll write another update once I know more. A reminder we are selling lots of our belongings so if there is something that you know of that you are interested in please message me and we can work something out.
Your story of failed care has motivated me to make contact with you. I operate a hyperbaric oxygen clinic in parksville on Vancouver island. If you want to get the best results from your skin grafts, you need to do hyperbaric oxygen treatment pre and post grafting. I am sure you weren't told about this therapy, even though it is available at vgh, and is an approved indication for hyperbaric oxygen and should be covered by msp. I am willing to help with some hyperbaric treatments if you come to Vancouver island. We will gift you 10 sessions of hyperbaric for free This treatment is the only way to get the best results from failed skin grafts. Educate your Doctors!! Your plastics doctor should know about it and approve it!! Cash Value of this treatment offer is $1050.00!! My company is Oceanside hyperbaric and my contact info is on the internet web site. 250-954-0335
I Know of an extended health plan that may cover some extra costs if you don't have any coverage now. It has not medical requirement, no does it exclude pre-existing conditions.
Please continue to update us as often as possible. I was just wondering the other day how everything was going!! Thank you from Montana...