Connor's Road to Recovery

For those of you who don’t know, my 23 yr. old brother  Connor, was hit by a car on Thursday, November 9th around 6pm. Connor was driving westbound just minutes from home, when his 2014 BMW motorcycle was struck by an eastbound 1997 Toyota that was making a left turn into the Smith Haven Mall. He was thrown 20-30 feet in the air off his bike with the bike landing directly on the car that hit him. He was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital with serious injuries.

My mom and I️ had just landed in Florida that same morning and received the news just a few hours after the accident. We were driving in an uber on our way home from dinner. Words can’t describe what we were feeling at that very moment in time.

All I️ remember is my mom screaming, crying and shaking in the car seat next to me. My cousin told me he was stable and there was minimal internal bleeding. But he had a ton of broken body parts, all that would heal eventually.

Our first thought was... we need to get home. JetBlue was able get us on the next flight back to NY.

After Connor was submitted to Stony Brook Hospital, he was diagnosed with a shattered pelvis, a fractured arm, a fractured vertebrate in his neck and minor internal bleeding. 
The day after the accident, Connor was sent in for 7 hour pelvic surgery and four days later, went for another 7 hour surgery on his arm. For the rest of his life, he will have metal plates/screws in both his pelvic area and mulitple parts of his arm.

Today, all surgeries are complete and Connor is scheduled to move to a rehab facility in a few days. The doctors told him it will be a few weeks until he is able to walk again.

I will never forget one of the nurses telling my Dad and I that my brother had a guardian angel watching over him. She told us that a pelvic shatter as bad as his is almost impossible to combat.

This Thanksgiving, my family and I couldn't be more grateful and blessed to have my brother still be a part of this world today. Throughout this entire process, my brother has shown how much of a fighter he is. He truly is the bravest kid I know.  

My family and I want to thank everyone for their prayers. They are what is getting my family and I through this hard time.

We are asking for donations to help Connor get through this long recovery process. For those of you who don't know, Connor works in the construction field and due to his injuries, he will be out of work for a few months. Your donation (even the smallest one) will help him pay off personal bills (rent, medical insurance, car payments, etc.) as well as hospital bills that will start building up. 

All proceeds will go directly to Connor and our family. We appreciate any donation you can provide.

Crash near Smith Haven Mall seriously injures motorcyclist
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    • $200 
    • 46 mos
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    • $500 
    • 46 mos
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    • $300 
    • 46 mos
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    • $50 
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Marissa Niicole 
Nesconset, NY
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