Help get Brian home to his family

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Raised by 231 people in 5 months
Created October 10, 2018
Brian Durm was recently in Cancun, Mexico when he injured himself in a critical accident . While on vacation with his wife Kristin, Brian fell, causing a tremendous amount of trauma to his head, lungs, spinal column as well as breaking his arm.  The damage to Brian’s head is quit severe, so much so that he needed the pressure drained from brain to survive. His left orbital bone is completely fractured and there is fear of him losing his vision.

Brian spent a week in a hospital in Cancun until he was able to be Medevacked home to Indianapolis. Right now Brian is in the fight of his life in the Neurological ICU unit, fighting to be able to rejoin his family and friends and resume a normal life. Brian has shown some improvement with the swelling reduced around his face but his recovery will be extremely long.

If you have ever had the chance to meet Brian you know he is a great person. He does everything he can for his family and friends. Brian’s personality is so outgoing that he immediately draws people in. He is completely devoted to his family and friends and would constantly be on the run going from place to place doing activities with family and friends. I have never met anyone that has had a negative thing to say about Brian Durm. Brian is the crazy, adventurous, fun loving guy he appears to be on the outside, but one of the most caring people on the inside. He loves his wife Kristin and their 3 kids Hailey, Landon, and Liam more than anything in this world. He will do everything he can to get back to them.

Brian always wanted to improve things for those around him; he recently ran for school board, his debate was right before his vacation, while this may seem like something no one in their 30’s would enjoy, Brian wanted to do this to help his kids as well as the kids in his district. Now more than ever we need to help him and those around him. Kristin has been a rock so far, trying to arrange as much as possible from a foreign country, with a foreign language, you can imagine the stress that would cause anyone. This is going to be a marathon and not a sprint to recover, and no matter what long term damage is there, his family and friends will fight for him. This is also going to be a costly fight, with medical bills, rehab, surgeries, time off work, and we need to help them. With any donations, no matter how big or large, we can show Brian and his family how much he means to us. No amount of money will show the appreciation we have for Brian but it will show the family how much he is loved. All funds raised will be given to the Durm family for medical bills and related expenses.

Brian is more than my coworker his is also my best friend. I am so lucky to have a job I love, work with great people, and friends, but most of all getting to work with my best friend who sits two cubes away is a true blessing. When I started in the department both Brian and I work in we immediately hit it off and have been friends ever since. We have worked on projects together, partied together, vacationed together with our families, and our families have become one family over time . This weekend we were supposed to go camping together and spend time with our families hiking around Shades State Park, roasting marshmallows, playing games, riding bikes, and hanging out but right now my buddy is sitting in a hospital bed fighting for his life. Lets help him get through this together.

While a lot of us from work have already shared our favorite memories and pictures of Brian with Kristin, if you would like to reach out to the family, we have set up an email to show support for Brian, Kristin, Hailey, Landon, and Liam at LoveforBrianDurm@gmail.com

https://fox59.com/2018/10/12/noblesville-school-board-candidate-facing-long-recovery-after-dangerous-fall-on-vacation/ 


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I just want to reach out and personally thank everyone who has been there for us through this difficult time thus this far. Brian is now in rehab at RHI with hopes to go home in the near future followed by surgery for his bone flap replacement and then more intense rehab. I have created a Caring Bridge Page for you to follow along on his journey. Please feel free to enjoy his progress. Thank you again for cheering him along and praying for us- especially Brian.

https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/weloveyoubrian
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With God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). I have said this to myself for the past four weeks more times than I can count. I want to thank everyone who has reached out to me and our families. I want to thank every person out there who is praying for us, for Brian and for this long journey we are enduring and will continue to. We are taking this day by day and celebrating every victory that comes our way. We understand there are going to be stumbling blocks along the way but we aren’t afraid to pick ourselves back up again, dust ourselves off and continue on. I watch Brian fight every day to come back to us, talking to him and encouraging him. His strength builds my strength and from that we can only grow stronger together. Together we can do this! Along with our amazing family, friends and this community that has come together to support us all. For that we can never thank anyone enough. ❤️
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Hello,

I wanted to give everyone an update on Brian's condition. It has been two weeks since Brian had his accident and one week since he has been back home in Indy.

On Friday the Neurologist spoke to Kristin and family to advise them that Brian was not responding well to pain tests and not responding to commands and they would need to make some serious decisions over the weekend and have another meeting today to discuss Brian’s future.

While it is true that Brian had been doing some minor hand squeezing and some movement it was minimal at best through Saturday. But then Sunday, almost from nowhere, Brian started really exhibiting cognitive signs. He was able to respond to some verbal queues such as holding up fingers on command, giving thumbs up, and squeezing hands. While these are all positive signs there was still a quality of life question.

If you know Brian at all you know he is a fighter. He fights for what he believes in, he fights for his friends, and he fights for his family. After meeting with the Neurologist team today his family has decided to fight for him and give himself a chance to prove any doubters wrong. This was not an easy decision, this was a very emotional meeting, and a lot of family and friends had the opportunity to ask questions and get informative decisions. He is by no means in the clear and there is no percentage any doctor will give on his chances of recovery. He still is at a crossroads and may never get better than where he is right now or he may recover and have a shot at a good quality of life but right now only time will tell. The brain is such a tricky thing that the doctors said studies show doctors are not great at predicting long term outcomes, and were very forthright in that, which the family very much appreciated.

Brian still has a very long and hard recovery in front of him. If he is able to bounce back he is looking at a tremendous amount of time in the hospital and extended care after that. His family did not make this decision lightly and I ask that you continue to show them support in their decision.

Everyone that knows Brian has been through an emotional roller coaster, but his family is strong, his friends are there for him and his family, and he has a great support network as well as great doctors doing everything they can to get him as far along in his journey as they can. I know everyone is wishing Brian and his family well and I hope you continue your support them in the best of your abilities. Kristin has been so strong through this whole situation for her family, for her kids, and for Brian but this is an exhausting time for her. Kristin knows what a great man Brian is and just wants him back for her and for her family and I truly hope he can return to them sooner than later.

I know that everyone wants updates and we will provide them as much as possible but please understand this process could be a year or more and there is not going to be milestone updates daily. I wish there were, I wish Brian's happy ass was bouncing around at work hunting for candy, playing pranks, hitting me with a ball, going home to his family, calling the cable company trying to get a credit on his account, volunteering to help with his kids school, or going to do some crazy thing he was known for, but unfortunately that is not going to happen very quickly.

I know Kristin thanks each and everyone that has donated, commented, stopped by the hospital, or reached out to her. I know everyone has a busy life but please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers.
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All I can say is wow. Thank you all for the support you have shown so far. I know Brian and Kristin and the rest of their family truly appreciate it. They have a long road in front of them and this really shows the support they have from family and friends.
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