STAND UP FOR DANIEL

Translation to spanish at the bottom/traduccion en español al final del texto

My name is Carolina, on April 9 2017 I had an accident while participating in a half IronMan. I fell from my bike and fractured my femur. Even though my accident requiered an emergency surgery, a few days after, a good friend of mine had a worse accident on his bike in Colombia.  Daniel is a husband, a father, a brother, a son but mostly an awesome ATHLETE who is giving his 100% to be able to walk again and ride his bike. Daniel is in Colombia now, and he needs to go to therapy every day in order to move his body again. He is determined, as I am, to go back eventually to his normal routine and his training.  Let us support him and his family, outside of our prayers, with whatever we can give. With financial assistance, Daniel and his family can focus on his rehab and getting healthy and strong again.  I will be assisting the family with this campaign and transfering the money for his rehab in Colombia.  You can read Daniel's story below, either in English or Spanish. Please help me to not only raise money for his rehab but to pray for his full recovery. Thank you!

Last April 13th our beloved Daniel had a terrible bike accident while he was riding down from el Puerto de La Cuchilla, the highest point on the route that takes from Bogotá to el Valle del Guavio, Colombia, over 3000m above sea level . The crash left him instantly paralized from the neck down and had to withstand several hours on the harsh weather conditions. Luckily, he was rescued by a bus driver who was passing by and taken to a rural hospital where he received basic care and waited for an ambulance to be taken to the closest hospital, still outside Bogotá. There, first CT Scans revealed traces of complete non-displaced spinal fractures which required him to be taken for emergency surgery for vertebral decompression, bone grafting and intersomatic arthrodesis through the anterior cervical path on another Hospital, Clínica Fundación La Fe in Bogotá, for his best chance of regaining movement. The final diagnosis was spinal trauma, post-traumatic hernia C6-C7, post-traumatic acute myelopathy and bronchoaspiration pneumonia, due to the time he had to spent in the rain.

 After several weeks battling in the intensive care unit, Daniel is finally home and is experiencing an outstanding recovery. He has regained movement in his arms and hands, has improved trunk support and has been regaining sensitivity and force in his legs. Doctors find him positive and upbeat, which is rare in patients with this kind of injury… However, Daniel´s road ahead is long and expensive. He needs to work hard everyday at the Mobility Group, a Rehab Center with State of the Art Technology in Colombia; Then, it would be really awesome if we could help him recover without the additional burden of finantial need.

Daniel is loving husband and father of three spectacular children, exemplary brother and son, and friend without equal, recognized by all for his loyalty, discipline, selflessness and great sense of humor. He is absolutely determined to fully heal his body and spirit. Let us support him and his family, outside of our prayers, with whatever we can give.   With financial assistance, Daniel and his family can focus on his rehab and getting healthy and strong.
If you have any questions on making a donation, please don't hesitate to contact me. 

El pasado 13 de Abril nuestro querido Daniel se encontraba entrenando en la carretera que lleva desde la Sabana de Bogotá hasta el Valle del Guavio, Cundinamarca, Colombia. Cuando venía en el descenso desde el punto más alto de la ruta, el Puerto de la Cuchilla de Guasca, Daniel sufrió un grave accidente que le dejó inmovilizado al momento. Luego de unos angustiosos momentos a la intemperie a más de 3.000 MSNM, fue milagrosamente divisado entre los arbustos por un conductor de transporte público que pasaba por el lugar y llevado al centro asistencial más cercano, desde donde fue trasladado, primero a la Clínica de la Universidad de la Sabana, e inmediatamente después a la Clínica Fundación La Fe, donde las escanografías documentan trazos de fracturas completas no desplazadas a nivel de C7 que comprometen el agujero vertebral y de la apófisis transversa derecha de T8-T, fractura completa de la lámina y base de la apófisis transversa izquierda de T9, fractura del sector posterior del 11 arco costal derecho y del 7-9-10 arco costal izquierdo, hernias intraesponjosas en cuerpos vertebrales de T6-T7-T8-T9-T10-T11-T12; razón por la que es intervenido de emergencia para descompresión por disectomía, injerto óseo y artrodesis intersomática a través de vía cervical anterior. El diagnóstico final es trauma raquimedular nivel motor T1 sensitivo T3, hernia aguda post-traumática C6-C7, mielopatía aguda post-traumática y neumonía por broncoaspiración.

Luego de varias semanas de continua batalla en cuidados intensivos, Daniel está en casa, ha tenido una muy buena evolución y ha estado en rehabilitación integral, trabajando duro, recobrando fuerza y movilidad en miembros superiores y sensibilidad en miembros inferiores; en buena parte gracias a lo que los médicos reconocen en Daniel como un positivismo muy poco común en este tipo de pacientes… Sin embargo, su completa recuperación requiere total persistencia y dedicación a su plan de rehabilitación, por lo que sería grandioso poder ayudarle a enfocarse en su plan de rehabilitación, sin la preocupación de tantos compromisos financieros asociados.

Daniel es esposo, padre amoroso de tres niños espectaculares, hermano ejemplar y amigo sin igual, reconocido por todos por su lealtad, disciplina, abnegación y gran sentido del humor. Él está absolutamente determinado a levantarse en cuerpo y espíritu de este episodio y nosotros podemos ayudarlo con nuestra generosidad (sin importar la cantidad), oraciones y buenos deseos... Puedes también ayudarnos a correr la voz!

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  • Alex Pimiento 
    • $15 
    • 19 mos
  • Antonio Lamanna 
    • $50 
    • 20 mos
  • Jose Amoros 
    • $15 
    • 21 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 21 mos
  • Libar Vega 
    • $150 
    • 21 mos
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Organizer

Carolina Molleja-Dos Santos 
Organizer
Kissimmee, FL
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