Derrick is an old soul, believes in helping others even if it puts him out. He is a smart, articulate, a 6'5" gentle giant who has the worst jokes ever, the best laugh, and the HUGEST Dallas Cowboy fan!! On May 19, 2017 Derrick was in a horrific car accident that claimed the lives of 2 of his friends. Derrick was thrown from the pickup and broke his neck, jaw, sternum, shoulder, shattered his left arm, 9 ribs, severely disolocated his hip so bad that the bone turned and came through the muscle, shattered his left leg and collapsed both of his lungs. That night, I received a call from my sister that Derrick had been in an accident.
She was crying so hard I could barely make out her words. I rushed to the hospital to find them both, Derrick was being prepared to fly to a larger hospital. Upon our arrival we met with dr's who said he was a miracle to even be alive but had no idea how long he would be.
Can you imagine hearing that? Could this have been your son, nephew, brother? After a few days it became apparent that Derricks' injuries were beyond the hospital in Mt and he was then flown to a hospital in Seattle Washington where he was for months. They were amazing and were able to get him to breathe on his own, enabling him to eventually get back to Montana. He was flown to Billings Montana, a specialized hospital able to deal with Derrick's breathing and mobility issues. Derricks' bills total over $1.3 million. There was no insurance on the vehicle and because the other passengers sadly passed away, there was nobody liable. Since May, Derrick has learned to walk with assistance and is home with his family, however he received bad news that he will require extensive surgeries on his arm, foot, and neck and may never regain full use of his left arm. He has to travel to Rochester Mn, to the Mayo clinic to have these surgeries done. Derrick is 22 years old, he has a life of learning and healing ahead of him. Please help.
Derrick's family are hard working, but have very modest incomes. There is no way to pay for the trips and the stays in Minnesota. Please help, anything will help.
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