Because of his condition he needs 24-hour care. David's greatest problem is financial. Along with nursing care there is the cost of medical supplies. To help David you can make a donation here.
On August 1, 2009 tandem skydiving instructor David Hartsock and his fifty-four-year-old novice jumper were falling fast from five thousand feet. The main parachute malfunctioned causing them to go into a violent spin. Unable to cut away the main parachute David was forced to deploy the reserve parachute which immediately got tangled with the main.
David then made a fateful decision. He pulled on the control toggles to place himself directly beneath his student. They hit the ground at approximately 40-60 miles per hour. David was Life-Flighted to Memorial Hermann hospital with several life-threatening injuries. While his student was able to walk away despite her injuries.
After the accident, David spent the next 6 months going from ICU and to rehab at TIRR. He was finally able to return home in mid-February 2010. At that time, his insurance provided RN’s 24-hour a day. Unfortunately, on April 1st 2010 his insurance coverage ended. While rehab has been slow there has been a little progress.
The cause of the malfunction was unclear. David began skydiving in 2004. At the time of his accident in 2009, he had earned his A,B,C, and D license, his Coach’s rating, Tandem Master rating, and had made over 800 jumps.
For more information about the accident go to: The July 28, 2014 Sports Illustrated article written by Chris Ballard http://www.si.com/edge/2014/07/28/skydiving-accident-unifies-pair-forever
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