Steve and Tom (and Charlotte)
Read about the accident here
Steve and his brother Tom were in a car accident on Sunday morning (read it in the link above). Tom passed away immediately. Steve was taken to Carolinas Health System in North Carolina.
Initial test shows his brain was bleeding and the doctors had to monitor if they had to drill a hole in his head to drain the blood. Thankfully the bleeding stopped. Steve suffered severe chest impact which caused damage to his lungs in addition to fractures in three major bones in his right leg. He was not breathing on his own and had to be on a ventilator. His breathing was very poor so the doctor could not operate on his legs until day 4 of the accident. Once the leg operation took place, he was finally taken off sedation and went on pain medicine only. He is awake and showing movement in his toes and fingers. Early estimation with the best possible scenario indicate that he will need to be in the hospital for 3 plus weeks. We are not sure about the full impact of his physical abilities once all this is over with.
Steve is from Philadelphia. His wife has traveled to Charlotte to be with him. He has two young children, ages 4 and 1 yrs old who are being cared for by family in Philadelphia. Steve lost medical insurance in the beginning of the year and does not have coverage. The cost for medical expense is going to be enormous, estimated to be in the $1 million-dollar ball park. The hospital can write off a small portion of it; however, there is still a big bill left. Physical therapy and after hospital care will also need to be accounted for.
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- Dinh Nguyen
- Bobby Harris
- Duy Pham
- Lois Ueland
Organizer and beneficiary