My brother’s life changed forever on Saturday, June 9, 2018 when he fell 3 stories from a balcony and crushed his spine – leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. He has spent the last seven weeks in the ICU fighting for his life. Though his condition is now stable, this is just the beginning of a very long journey to a new normal for both my brother and my family. Today, I ask for your help.
Before his accident, my brother, Karl, was an avid cyclist who also loved to play hockey, exercise, travel, attend concerts, and was a successful writer. Now, as a paraplegic, Karl will have to undergo intensive rehabilitation just to relearn basic skills like how to sit up and dress himself. Karl still requires a tracheotomy to breath, but my family hopes that as he gets stronger he will be able to breath on his own again.
The Cost of Re-Learning to Live
The average first-year cost of a paraplegic injury is $518,904. Subsequent year costs are estimated to be nearly $100,000 per year. Unfortunately, insurance isn’t enough. Despite this life-threatening injury, insurance offers just 28 days of rehabilitation. Karl has already reached day 21 and is in no way ready to leave intensive rehab care.
You Can Give Karl a Chance at Life
Your donation will give Karl a fighting chance at life. My family and I hope to see the day when Karl can enjoy the simple pleasures life has to offer, such as eating dinner with our family or going to see a movie. Your donation will help with the costs associated with Karl’s recuperation and rehabilitation, including medical care, home accessibility modifications, medical support and equipment, wheelchairs, adaptive equipment, and more.
My brother is fiercely determined. He has the spirit and strength of mind to rehabilitate his body. We just need to give him the tools he needs to recover, which requires financial backing.
Please help give Karl a fighting chance at a life worth living; please help him on this journey to a new normal. Karl and my family would be forever grateful for donations of any amount.
Be a light on Karl’s new path: #TeamKarl
Karl’s sister, Alexandra
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