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Casey's Medical Fund

$7,450 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 18 people in 20 months


Best described as a Polish Cowboy. Casey became a US Citizen in 1995, after moving to The United States in 1979 from Sufczyn, Poland. Casey is proud to be an American Citizen, but is also proud of his heritage. He has learned to merge both worlds, with his wife Anna of 27 years (also of Polish descent) and his love for working on his semi truck (occupation), gardening, and his German Shepard, Bruno. Casey's life was like any average American life prior to Wednesday, November 22, 2017. He was a loving husband and uncle, loved his job as a truck driver, and looked toward the future and all the possibilities it would bring. Until a little past noon on Thanksgiving Eve. Everything changed. Everything stopped. Casey fell 15 feet from a ladder onto the concrete. All his dreams for the future now became hopes for the next minute, for the next breath of life. He was rushed to Oconomowoc Medical Center where he was diagnosed in the Emergency Room with fail chest, pneumothorax, and abdominal bleeding. That afternoon Casey received 4 units of blood, a chest tube was placed in the chest cavity to remove air, he was put on a ventilator, heavily sedated and he received high doses of pain medications to help with pain caused by the 7 shattered ribs of the left rib cage.

As of today, Sunday, December 3rd (day 11), He still needs rib plating surgery and surgery to stop the internal bleeding; however his vitals are too unstable and unreliable to survive surgery. He has an ever growing list of problems: pulmonary embolism, atrial fibrillation, and a high fever that is plaguing since Saturday, November 25th. He has been in an induced coma since day one. The last few days medical team is working on sedation vacation (medical term) to decrease the level of sedation medication; however every time they try and bring him out of the induced coma, his body immediately fails. The Trauma Team of doctors and nurses, and his family are not giving up on him. Please help Casey and his family, so they can focus all their attention on him. Like most families, when Casey fell off the ladder, his income immediately stopped. On top of all his normal bills, Casey is going to face huge medical bills. Together, we call help reduce that burden placed on him, so he can focus on recovery once he wakes up. And with all your prayers, he will! So please give if you can and if you are unable to – please pray!

Thank you! More updates to come...
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January 19, 2018

Dearest Friends,
Our journey came to the end. Almost two months after the accident Casey returned home today!! The first thing he did was a short walk with Bruno (German Shepard) in the orchard. Casey is free of all tubes and equipment. He is working incredibly hard to regain his strength and gain some weight. He is happy like a fish in the water that he can sit on his couch and watch Australia Open (tennis) with his wife. It’s incredible how far we came in such short time. We NEVER could do it without you our DEAREST FRIENDS! There is no words to describe our gratitude and appreciation for your love, support, compassion, empathy, kindness, generosity, and prayers!!!!
Sending you all our deepest and most sincere THANK YOUS!!! Gazillion of THANK YOUS!! Forever greatful Anna, Casey, Anna!
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January 9th, 2017
Today was an awesome day!! Casey passed swallowing test and he is allowed to eat!!! For his first meal in weeks he had ham sandwich, chips, chocolate pudding, and soda. He no longer has 24/7 care in his room. The man is slowly reclaiming his independence!!! Sooo proud and thrilled about all the progress he is making!!
Thank you gazillion times our Dear Friends for all the support and love you showered us with during this tough times! Please know we are incredibly greatful and appreciative!!!
Casey’s first meal since accident!!!!
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January 7th, 2018
Happy New Year My Friends!! The entire last week we were settling niecely into new routine - rehab in the morning and visits from wife and niece in the afternoon. Two days ago we celebrated a milestone in Casey’s treatment- he was allowed to have one cup of crushed ice every 8 hours and twice a day purée yogurt or pudding. Yesterday life delivered a low blow to the guts aka early unsolicited and unwanted birthday gift. What Casey got you may ask? Aspiration pneumonia! He is on antibiotics for next 10 days.
What else? Well, the man can talk and take few steps with assistance. He gained 15 pounds since December 22nd! That’s a reason to celebrate!! It really is!!!! He is still on feeding tube!
Tomorrow, January 8th, 2018 Casey is going to celebrate his 65th birthday!!
Thank you, as always My Dear Friends, for your prayers, warm wishes and positive vibes!!
Casey’s 65th Birthday (January 8th) in Lakeview Speciality Hospital and Rehab in Waterford, WI
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December 31, 2017
Long time no hear my friends. A lot of good things have happened since last time we talked.
Casey is breathing on his own (trach tube is still in but cupped off to allow him to breath through mouth and nose). Casey started speech therapy and we are overjoyed to announce the man can talk and he is not afraid to use his pipes to let his wishes to be known. He is still on “give me water” one streak mind. He also started physical therapy and he was doing amazing till he all of sudden decided: “no water no therapy”. So we are on strike!! When he moved to Lakeview 9 days ago he wasn’t able to do nothing on his own. Now with minimal help of one person he is able to stand up and move from bed to wheelchair. He is able to get dress with assistance. English is still a challenge but he remembers more and more words with every passing day. Also today first time since the accident Casey took a shower (instead of a sponge bath). That put huge grin on his face!!!
Happy New Year My Friends!! Please remember miracles do happen every day however most of the time we are so busy chasing our dreams and trying keep up with demands of daily life we totally miss it!
My uncle’s journey (that is by far not over yet) tought me to appreciate the smallest things in life like breathing in crisp air or to be able to burp, and above all to drink water!
Please freeze for 30 seconds, close your eyes, take deep breath, and name one simple thing you are grateful for!!
Sending you warm hugs from Casey and both Annas as a token of appreciation for having such amazingly supportive friends as you all are!! Prayers, deliveries of daily doses of patience , calmness, and harmony are always welcomed!
Once again, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
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