Barry "Bear" Brillhart Medical Fund

Hello family and friends!!! I am asking for donations for a family friend that is near and dear to my heart. Barry "Bear" Brillhart was severely injured in a fire accident that produced third degree burns over 50% of his body on the afternoon of March 3rd, 2018. He was transported by helicopter to The University Of Iowa Hospital Burn Intensive Care Unit where they put him into a medically induced coma for 24 hours. During that 24 hours, they began fluid resuscitation, and were able to assess his injuries. Luckily, Bear had no inhalation injury because he was outside when the explosion occurred.

Initially the doctors had thought he would be in the hospital for 1-2 months, but he is now expected to be a patient for the next 2-4 months due to the severity of his burns. Once his wounds heal and he is released from the hospital he will be sent to a physical and occupational rehabilitation center.  When he is finally home, he will still need physical therapy for an extended period of time. Bear has already undergone two skin grafts since the incident and the next surgery is scheduled for Monday, March 19th. The doctors are expecting him to undergo five or more surgeries. We are very lucky his son, Brandon, was there when the incident occurred, his swift reaction saved his dad's life.

It would help Bear and his family tremendously if we could all lend a helping hand and donate!! His wife and son have been traveling back and forth daily to support Bear. The money raised would go towards medical and travel expenses. For anyone who knows Bear, they would agree with me when I say that he is a really great guy and would give the shirt off his back to help someone. Please consider helping and donating to this wonderful family, they truly deserve it.

Thank you all for taking the time to read Bear's Story!!
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Organizer and beneficiary

Chrissy Kearney 
Dubuque, IA
Lori Brillhart 
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