On Sunday July 16th Chris was involved in a slip and fall accident where he hit the back of his head and was unresponsive. When the paramedics arrived they immediately saw major issues and had him medivac-ed to Temple University Trauma Center in Philadelphia. Turns out he had bleeding on the brain and the pressure needed to be alleviated immediately!
On the helicopter he also aspirated into his lungs which caused fluid in the lungs. This was also a concern by the doctors but the brain was still the priority.
Early Monday July 17th (Chris's 36th birthday) the neurosurgeon performed brain surgery on Chris to alleviate the pressure. A piece of Chris's skull (about 2.5in diameter) had to be removed. He will need to undergo an additional surgery to replace it at some point in the next few months.
Monday and Tuesday were touch and go. He was on a feeding and breathing tube and not moving or communicating.
Luckily on Wednesday July 19th the doctors saw enough progress to take him off the breathing tube and by that afternoon he was alert and talking. His congnitive skills have been improving each day however this is a LONG recovery process.
Once the doctors felt he was stable after the brain surgery they started to check the lungs for fluid. Though the lungs were fairly clear of fluid they did find a blood clot in his lungs most likely caused when he aspirated on the helicopter. Chris had to be put on a blood thinner and they are checking his levels often for status.
Friday July 21st the doctors did numerous scans and tests (EKG, CAT SCAN, etc) to rule out any additional blood clots and/or other issues. It is still day to day but Chris's progress has been really good!
As you can imagine the cost of a brain surgery is NOT cheap. We don't even know how much it is but it will be high (over $100K). The medivac is the next highest expense and can be anywhere from $25-35K.
On top of that are all the tests, scans, scopes, medications, and a hospital stay of 2 weeks (or more).
There will also be months of brain trauma recovery rehabilation costs.
After all of that Chris will need continued follow up doctor's appointments as well as seizure and blood thinner medications for one (or multiple) years.
Chris works for a billard table installator/refurbisher and is not a salaried employee. He does not get paid when he does not work. There will be rent, insurance, utility, phone bills, groceries and other day to day living expenses that his savings will not be able to cover for more than a few weeks.
Chris and his fiancee just got married in May! This is a MAJOR SETBACK to their life and career plans.
Chris & Gerardo are asking for your support to help with these costs to get them through this hardship. Anything you can give would be appreciated.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
If you want to help in another way than monetarily please send a message.
- Blake Wilcox
- Erin Margaret
- Sandi Wiktor
- Michael Schmidt
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