For us, it was a tragedy...November 10, 2013 will be a day that we will NEVER forget. It was on that day that our 23 year old son, Sean, became the victim of an unlicensed, uninsured drunk driver and his struggle to survive had just begun!
This was the scene of the accident...how he survived was nothing short of a miracle!
Once Sean was assessed at the hospital, we were given the news that no parent wants to hear...our beautiful son had suffered a broken neck and was paralyzed from the chest down. We were told to prepare for the fact that our son may never regain use of his body.
This was our son the day after the accident, unable to so much as breathe on his own.
Due to the extent of Sean's injuries, he had to be moved from the ICU at Miami Valley Hospital to Bethesda North/Select Specialty Hospital, an LTAC facility in Cincinnati. It was here that our son was able to wean off the vent and get his halo removed.
The most significant thing about this step forward was that he no longer looked scary to his 3 year old son.
Daddy started looking like Daddy again!
Here is Landon laying beside Sean for the 1st time and being able to hear his Daddy's voice the way he remembered.
After a 4 month stay in the LTAC, we were finally able to get Sean approved for intensive treatment at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), the #1 Spinal Cord Injury rehabilitation facility in the nation!
It was here that miracles starting happening for our son. No other facility had the technology available to promote movement in his body where there was none just months prior!
Through the use of electronic stimulation, motion simulators and other devices, Sean's body was slowly healing and reconnecting nerves that had been damaged. It was the first true window of hope that Sean would one day regain use of his body. Our dreams were becoming a reality!
Who wouldv'e known that having daily access to state-of-the-art rehab equipment would make such a huge difference !
Here are pictures of our son at RIC getting much needed therapy that promotes movement in his body.
Even though Sean's body was miraculously responding to intensive therapy, his medical insurer would only pay for 9 weeks of treatment and was preparing to send him home. At this point, Sean's medical bills were reaching the million dollar mark!
Imagine the distress that our son experienced when he realized that he was about to be sent home where there were no machines, no specialized therapists and no state-of -the -art adaptive devices. Our son was still completely paralyzed and needed to continue his therapy.
At this point, Sean's ability to progress is completely dependent upon the financial ability to so. He is home now, but has a laundry list of things that are needed to provide continued support of the achievements made at RIC.
The following are specific ways in which your donations will help Sean with his continued journey to walk on his own one day:
Sean's wheelchair accessible van to get to the Drake for physical therapy isn't covered by any insurance. It will cost 500.00 per month for the next 10years.
Our son has no income...
Our son lives in a home that isn't wheelchair accessible. The minimal funds given by the state won't come close to making his home a place where his needs can be met. He doesn't deserve to raise his son from the confines of a nursing home...
A therapy dog would assist Sean in doing some of the basic things that we take for granted such as opening doors and turning lights on/off as well as provide safety and companionship for him.
There are many adaptive devices and therapy appliances that Sean could use from home while waiting for his next therapy session.
This will maximize the chances for success...
Most importantly, is Sean's dream of going to Tailand for Stem Cell Therapy! He met a young man who is a success story and desperately wants a chance to participate in the program!
Please help our son to restore Sean's life to the fullest.
Let's get Sean out of this chair and back into life...
NOBODY can do EVERYTHING, but EVERYBODY can do SOMETHING!
- Braxton Smith
- Brenda Freeland
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