Knee Surgery - Back to Walking - Mountain Accident

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I‘m Tim, a Sports Scientist and Mountain Ultratrail Runner from Germany...

Back in June 2018, while training for the Tor des Geants I had a terrible accident with a 150-200m drop in the Karwendel mountain range.  One misstep, which turned my life upside down and left me with a bunch of serious injuries.  Polytrauma with broken neck, shoulder, hands, knee, foot and luxation of shoulder and hip plus neurological problems! Rescued by helicopter I went through three clinics (Innsbruck, Murnau, Bad Heilbrunn) and really am lucky to be alive...

Since I woke up from coma I‘m working hard every single day to get back on my feet, get back to my job as a sport therapist and hopefully back into the mountains. Overall things improved a lot, but unfortunately some disabilities seem to be permanent if not adressed accordingly soon. Every step hurts! As a Runner and Sport Scientist (working as a trainer) being able to walk without a limb is crucial. Currently this isn‘t possible because of pain, malposition and severe limits in range of motion of my right knee. Although I really give it my all with additional therapies and training - without complex surgery I‘ll be forced to live with it or face a knee prothesis at the age of 35.

I'm lucky that I found a specialist who is confident in fixing my knee, but unfortunately my insurance company will not cover all costs for this urgent surgery which will take place on december 20, 2018.

I feel kind of helpless and lost in the german healthcare system. You always have to fight for everything. Don't get me wrong - I'm really thankful that I'm alive and that they put me back together, but just being alive never was enough for me. I'm determinded to never give up on my dreams. I found an opportunity which will give me a good chance being able to walk again, ride a bike, maybe even run...and just because it'll take place outside of Germany, the insurance company won't pay!

Thus, I‘m asking for your help!

To be honest, this is a hard one for me. I‘m pretty aware that there‘re a lot of bigger problems in this world, nobler causes and/or other people with problems far worse than mine...and everyone is asking for help this time of the year.

Nevertheless, being in motion is my life! Since I was a small child moving (in nature) was a fundamental part of me and my well-being. Today it’s my career - job and semiprofessional runner. That‘s why I‘m going public with this hoping for your help...every penny counts!

Thanks for your attention and help!!!
For my story & to follow my journey, please click here:  https://www.instagram.com/timwortmann/
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Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Meanwhile I‘m back on my feet again...
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Visite vom Doc:

Röntgenbilder und CT sehen gut aus! Klinisch auch alles nach Plan...

Der Meniskus musste leicht repariert und das Bein etwas überkorrigiert werden, da der Knorpel nicht ‚zu gut‘ aussieht! Wachstumsfaktoren sind integriert worden...insgesamt gar nicht ‚so zerstört‘ wie angenommen!!!

Mein Beckenkamm tut ziemlich weh, da hier ein großer Block entnommen wurde...

Wohl normal und wird noch ca. eine Woche andauern, was meine Krückenspaziergänge etwas limitiert...zusätzlich Magenprobleme von den Medikamenten wie immer

Sobald Weihnachten durch ist, muss ich klären, dass ich daheim entweder Motorschiene, Lymphdrainage, Physio bekomme oder doch eine kleine Reha! Hängt auch ein wenig vom Grad der Selbstständigkeit ab...


Wünsche euch allen ein paar besinnliche Festtage! Danke fürs Dasein...

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Für alle deutschsprachigen SpenderInnen hier noch etwas mehr Infos in Form eines Podcasts: http://fatboysrun.de/fatboysrun-episode-144-tim-wortmann/

Last Preps today...Terribly excited!!!
Next Update after surgery...

Thank you soooooooo much! Let’s do this!!!
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Thank you again! You have been incredible <3

I will stop donations for now in order not to overfund...

Once the final costs are invoiced, I will post it over here, refund or give the rest to a good cause!!! Let's decide together when the time has come, ok? Transparency guaranteed...

Much Love
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