"The man of my dreams, my husband and my best friend almost said goodbye to us last evening. Not only did he escape death, he is finally stable and now on a rather different life path and recovery.
Last evening at around 8pm he was up 60ft in a tree he climbed to cut the top of its hard lean. Successful on doing so, however the chainsaw kicked back and severed his left arm, including major arteries. He was tied in, so was unable to physically get himself down, nor was he reachable to get up. The ambulances, medics, and police were unsuccesful and unprepared. After an hour and a half, with massive blood loss a good samaritan neighbor who was a tree climber as well disregarded the officials demands to not put himself in jeopardy and climbed to reach Austin. In doing so he SAVED AUSTIN'S life, as also concluded by the three surgeons who worked on him. After getting him down he was taken to Mariposa Hospital while going into shock and placed on a medi-vac that took him to Modesto Memorial Hospital. He immediately went to the Operating Room, received 5 units of bloods and 4 liters of fluid and had his left arm amputated. He was put on assisted breathing until 7am when he became aware and had the intubation tubes removed. He has been a warrior, a shining light, and a motherfucking trooper. We were moved from ICU this afternoon and now are and will remain in the Orthopedic department.
He is in constant pain, but moreso devastated emotionally over this horrific accident.
Austin and I are thankful to family and family friends for reaching out and being here for Austin in his time of need. We have a difficult road ahead of us and thank everyone who has been just saints to us, especially to Austin.
I love this man with every fiber of my soul and will forever be blessed knowing I get to kiss him another night."
Austin's life is changing drastically. With that comes sky high medical bills. Due to his injuries, he will be out of work for an unknown amount of time. With everything him and his family have going on, loss of income and financial struggles should be the last thing on their minds.
I'm pleading with anyone able, to please donate, share, and pray.
Austin is a ray of light. Anyone who knows him, knows his beautiful personality radiates off of him to those around him. He doesn't deserve what happened to him, but unfortunately it's a reality that cannot be changed. Now all we can do is be there for him. Help in any little way we can.
Thank you for all of your support.
- Stuart Ponder
- Chris Marquette
- Roger Anderson
- Peter Neilson
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