Doug Stanley, family man and father of 3, was critically injured in a motorcycle accident in his hometown of Auburn, CA when a highly intoxicated driver with a BAC of .34 crossed over into his lane and hit him head on. Doug’s 10yo son, Jett was riding on the back and luckily while being thrown from the bike and knocked unconscious, managed to walk away with minor injuries.
Doug suffered a massive abdominal laceration, fractured vertebrae, and he has a SERIOUS life threatening Open Book Pelvic Fracture. Open book pelvic fractures are very dangerous and associated with abdominal, vascular and nervous injuries requiring a multidisciplinary team for its management. Doug is currently in ICU in critical condition. He has lost a lot of blood and has received nearly twice the amount of blood a human carries in their system. He has already had two surgeries to stop internal bleeding, reconstruction of his pelvis and close up the abdominal wound. He is at risk of blood clots, internal infection, and pneumonia. He is heavily sedated and is fighting for his life. Doug will be in the hospital for many more days and faces a long road of rehabilitation.
His son Jett has been very brave. He woke from being unconscious, got out of the road and called his mother. She was in the area and able to get to the scene quickly. Jett was taken to the hospital, but only suffered bumps, bruises, and a hairline fracture in his foot. It’s been rough on him having witnessed his father gravely injured in the road. The drunk driver was completely uninjured, but could not even muster the humanity to get out of his car to check on the injured.
Doug is very well regarded in his community. He work with Sugar Bowl Ski Patrol in the 80's. He has a strong connection with the whitewater rafting community, having started a raft guide schools in the 80's and 90's with Roger Lee (long time friend). He is also well known for his production work on many reality shows. He was instrumental in the creation of Deadliest Catch and won many Emmy's for his work on the show. He donates much of his time to various causes, including recent work on salmon restoration on the American River.
Please consider donating whatever you can to help with the enormous costs he will be facing from the hospital stay and long rehabilitation ahead of him.
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