Funds for Cory's Care

On the night of January 26th, 2017, we received that phone call that is every parent's nightmare.  We were told our son, Cory had been in a single-car accident about 50 yards from the entrance to our subdivision and he was being transmitted to St. Elizabeth's Emergency Room.  We couldn't get to the hospital fast enough.  We knew right away things were not good because the nurse took us to a separate room off the ER unit and suggested we start contacting family.   Then the doctor came in and told us the worst, Cory's condition was critical, life-threatening.  He was non-responsive, not breathing on his own, two collapsed lungs, broken neck and back, compound fracture to left ankle, and a gash to his head.  Airvac unit was in flight to transfer him to St. Louis University Hospital.  We were permitted to see him for a moment before they transported him to the helicopter.  We didn't see him again until 5:00 am the next morning.

The trauma doctors informed us that morning of Cory's TBI - traumatic brain injury.  Cory spent the next two weeks in ICU Trauma, undergoing surgeries for his ankle, feeding tube and intubation.   The doctors gave us the worst case scenarios for his prognosis, which was a living hell.  After three weeks, Cory, still on respirator, was starting to breath on his own, and started to open his eyes. 

-On February 15th, Cory was transferred to Kendrid Hospital/St. Anthonys.  At Kendrid he began to show movement in his limbs, and make verbal sounds. 

-On March 21st, he was transferred to Mercy Care Center in Swansea, IL, where his care and therapy continued for 3 months. 

-On June 21st, he was then transferred to The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis (TRISL), for acute rehabilitation.

-On July 24th, Cory was transferred to Neuro Restorative in Carbondale, IL, which is a post-Acute Rehab.  

Today, Cory is making progress at Neuro Restorative, receiving physical, occupation and speech therapy 5 days a week, 9am to 4pm.  But now the insurance provider is wanting to send him home for the remainder of his care. 
This is where Cory will need help financially to assist with his recovery.  Coming home now, he will need 24/7 care. He is still needs assistance walking, and his short term memory is very weak, as his brain is still healing.  These funds would be used for his care, therapy and medication.

Prior to Cory's accident, he was a hard-working, healthy young man. He has a long road ahead of him but he holds the determination and the will to recover.  Cory's objectives are to work again and be self-sufficient so that he can live on his own.  He also wants to be able to care for the love of his life, his dog, Lola. 

We have no doubt that Cory will meet his goals.  Cory's willpower to get better is amazing.  He never says he is too tired to do therapy, and is always meeting the set goals, in fact, he is willing to do more if given the opportunity.  He has an outstanding attitude and is very grateful for all the help and support he has received.

Your donation will be of great assistance with providing Cory another step in this recovery and giving him a chance to return to life once again.


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Dawn Wilfon 
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