Alexander Gallo's Motorcycle Crash

Monday, August 14th at 9am, our son, brother, and friend Alexander was out enjoying a morning motorcycle ride near Kit Carson Park. After he turned onto Mary Lane, a freak mechanical malfunction put the motorcycle into an uncontrollable wobble.  As he lost control and the bike sped up, Alexander avoided hitting the cars in front of him but hit a boulder on the side of the road and was ejected off of the motorcycle. Alexander came to a stop around 100 feet down the road, conscious, but in critical condition. A caregiver in the car behind him was the first to get out and help, as others pulled out their phones and took pics/video. He was rushed to Palomar hospital and taken straight to trauma for a 7 hour life-saving surgery. He has needed numerous blood transfusions and is going through unbearably painful procedures.

From the incident, Alexander has:
*Internal bleeding from a ruptured spleen (has been removed), punctured liver, and lacerated bladder
*Shattered both lower legs including tibia and fibula bones - requiring 3 surgeries for metal rods and screws
*Skin and muscle graft repair for a shin bone through skin protrusion
*Broken right upper arm at the bicep - requiring surgery for a plate and screws
*A full through fractured pelvis - requiring specialist surgery for a plate and screws
*Lower body muscle tears/ sacrum impalement - requiring surgery and complicated recovery

This photo was taken after the first emergency surgery

So far, he has had 6 surgeries (requiring over 25 hours under) in the last 9 days and will require at least one more in the coming months. He has had skin and muscle taken from his thigh and moved to his leg. He's been unable to be moved since he got to the hospital. He couldn't eat for the first week and was living on a cocktail of IV's and pain medications. 

No mother wants to get that phone call. We do have health insurance, however it doesn't cover everything and the hospital has already asked for money.

Once he is released from the hospital, he will have to go to a physical rehab facility and will be in a wheelchair for 3-6 months.  Luckily he was wearing a full face helmet and riding gear, but his road to recovery will be a long and difficult process.

Alexander has always been a person who takes others and lifts them up, whether it's helping them in the gym, school, finance, or talking them through emotional stress. We've all seen or heard of his kindness towards others, even strangers. He has never been one to ask for help, but in this time, he needs it.
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Lisa Kunschick
Escondido, CA

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