On the morning of December 2nd, 2019 my brother, Chuck nearly lost his life preforming his job due to a faulty snow machine at White Face Mountain.
This morning while running the snow machine on the summit, a rouge compressor hose came spiraling off the machine and made direct contact with his face at 200 PSI.
When discovered, by a coworker he was taken back to the base of the mountain where he was immediately medevacked to Fletcher Allen Trauma Center in VT. The team at Whiteface did a fantastic job ensuring Chuck had prompt medical attention.
Chuck had emergency surgery as they were unable to get the bleeding to stop from his mouth. His upper lip detached, and his pallet is completely shattered. He’s broken nearly every bone in his face, including his cheek bones, multiple breaks in his eye sockets, extensive damage to his airways and jaw.
A team of surgeons are working tediously to develop a long-term plan of attack with one of the first major surgeries planned to begin this Friday as they need swelling to go down and have him on antibiotics because his body is ready to take on the steps to recovery. Surgeons will concentrate on his airways and wiring his jaw shut for 6 weeks the rest is TBD.
My brother is the most strong-willed person I’ve ever known. A true Jarhead through and through. The doctors are in shock that he survived. They do not understand how he survived, let alone DID NOT LOSE CONSCIOUSNESS. He is a Marine Corps veteran who served in Afghanistan; and man that would give his life to protect this country and people he has never met, with a God Given gift to teach others how to Shred the gnar. He has a long road ahead of him but is expected to make a full recovery!
DISCLAIMER: My brother LOVES his career at WhiteFace and does not harbor any ill feelings regarding the freak accident, in fact he’s already asking when he can get back to doing what he loves at WhiteFace.
He will be filing for workmans comp/disability, however there is a process to follow these things take time for approval, he is no where near physically or mentally able to complete the tasks needed to start the process.
We are raising the funds to help cover immediate expenses for Chuck, such-as rent, utilities, lodging and transportation including ferry costs and fuel for immediate family members who will be commuting between NY and VT daily, to be by his side during this long road to recovery over the unknown number of days ahead.
I will post updates as they come in. Please share.
- M F
- Andrew Fournier
- Miranda Fuller