Ricky Strong

Imagine being a self-sufficient, healthy 33-year-old man, and suddenly not being able to move anything from your neck down.

My name is Jennifer, and this is my brother Ricky (Kiet) Do’s story. 

On Monday, August 12, 2019, Ricky’s neck was in excruciating pain so Megan (his longtime girlfriend) took him to Urgent Care. While pacing back and forth in the lobby, his legs completely gave out on him. Now unable to feel his legs, he was immediately transferred to Baptist Hospital. While there, Ricky lost all feeling in his hands. The doctors were at a loss as to what was the cause.

On Wednesday, August 14th, the doctors ordered an MRI, and believed they saw something growing on his cervical spine. At the time, they were not sure if it was a mass or cyst. Ricky was then immediately life-flighted to St. Luke's hospital in Houston to see a Neurosurgeon and promptly admitted into surgery. The mass was causing paralysis from the neck down, and the doctors were afraid if left longer his paralysis would be permanent.  In surgery, the doctors were able to remove a blood clot from his spinal cord, but were not able to guarantee if his motor functions would return.  Ricky remained in ICU to stabilize his blood pressure and heart rate.  The doctors do not know what caused the blood clot and simply categorized it as a "freak accident".

On Friday, August 23rd, Ricky was moved to TIRR Memorial Hermann for more intensive neurological physical therapy.  Ricky can move his left arm, touch his nose, do a thumbs up, and feel the pressure of someone squeezing his toes!  

Latest Update: Ricky is in wonderful spirits and fighting through his physical therapy. He can now move his left hand but cannot make a full closed fist. Ricky can move his right arm, but cannot move his right hand.  Ricky can also now control a motorized wheelchair with his left hand and slightly move his left knee!

The doctors cannot say if Ricky will ever recover to his full physical ability, but God willing we are hopeful! 

I am creating this fundraiser - with hesitant permission from Ricky & Megan - as they are usually lending a helping hand and not the ones needing help. Megan initially declined a GoFundMe fundraiser, as she truly believed that Ricky would be walking out of the hospital in a few weeks’ time. Unfortunately, this is not the case. 

Ricky's insurance will not cover an in-home nurse as he is not "critical" enough to require one. We thank God that he is not "critical" - but as Ricky cannot physically or independently move anywhere or do anything on his own... he will continue to require around the clock care. Megan is currently not working and has not left Ricky’s side since his initial visit. She has graciously taken on the role of Ricky’s primary care giver. Ricky has insurance and is currently on disability from his workplace. Unfortunately, disability only pays a portion of his check and only for so long. Since this happened their income has drastically gone from two full-time incomes, to just a portion of one income.

I am humbly asking for any help, no matter the amount. As they now must purchase a wheelchair accessible van - a USED accessible van is quoted at $50,000. They also must modify their home to make it wheelchair accessible. Unfortunately, the van and home modifications are not covered by insurance and will be strictly paid out of pocket. They will also have an impending exorbitant amount of hospital bills for Ricky’s portion of his ICU and rehabilitation stay that is not covered by their insurance.

At the moment, we are focused on getting Ricky into a wheelchair accessible van for his tentative release date of September 18, 2019 - as he will need transportation to and from Houston (a 2-hour commute) for additional outpatient neurological physical therapy multiple times a week.

My family and I want to deeply thank everyone who is reading this and able to support in any way. Please keep Ricky in your prayers for a safe, speedy and full recovery!

Lastly, my family and I would like to thank Megan for all that she has done. We appreciate you more than words could ever express!


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  • Anh Cisneros 
    • $100 
    • 14 hrs
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 3 d
  • Lan Pham 
    • $100 
    • 5 d
  • Polo Khuyen 
    • $200 
    • 8 d
  • Pete Holmes 
    • $100 
    • 9 d

Fundraising team (3) 

Jennifer Do 
Raised $6,670 from 53 donations
Port Arthur, TX
Megan Odom 
Karen Utley Do 
Team member
Raised $400 from 3 donations
This team raised $9,640 from 87 other donations.
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