Sadly, on October 14th, 2017, Dave was in a very serious single car accident while driving on Highway 99 near Madera on his was to a family event in Southern California. He had a seizure while driving, lost consciousness, and crashed. He was transported to a hospital in Fresno and was diagnosed with two fractured vertebrae in his neck and a dissection in his vertebral artery. They were told neither required surgery and he was sent home in extreme pain and immobility the following Wednesday night. After a difficult few days at home and trip to the ER, he eventually got transported to UCSF Neurosurgery on Saturday night, a week after the accident. Imaging shows a bone fragment impinging a nerve, in addition to the cervical fractures. Surgery is scheduled for this Friday, October 27, where they will decompress the nerve and fuse vertebras C5-C7. Surgery will stabilize the neck fractures, remove the pain and should improve the weakness and numbness on his right side. He is expected to make a full recovery but recovering from spine surgery will be slow with lots of follow up at UCSF.
Due to the trauma of his brain surgery and radiation in 2016, Dave was on a maximum does of anti-seizure medication. His seizures were well controlled, there was no reason to be concerned. He had resumed most of his regular activities and had been doing well, so the accident has been a tragic and difficult development in their story.
Dave will be out of work again for many months! He also lost his work truck which hauled the art trailer to his art shows (the family's source of income). Please consider coming alongside this family with prayerful support and financial donation to carry them through this unbelievable succession of events in their lives.
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