On August 13, 2017, Dustin Lowe was outside his place of employment and was off work but waiting for his girlfriend to pick him up. He was ganged up on by four men and beaten and left for dead. This was a random act of violence. Dustin was taken to Tampa General Hospital and placed in the Neuoscience Intensive Care Unit. Dustin was experiencing bleeding on the brain with swelling, a fractured skull around the left ear which in turn tore the skin tissue behind the eardrum and pulled the ear away from the skull and a tremendous amount of lacerations behind the eardrum. He was bleeding profusely from the left ear. He had a broken nose, two black and blue eyes as well as many scrapes and cuts. Dustin is recovering currently and the bleeding on the brain has stopped but there is still minor swelling and blood on the brain which is being absorbed by the body gradually. Dustin is still bleeding from the left ear but it is minimal currently. His eyes are now looking better and he can open his eyes finally. He currently has migraines and pain on the left side of the head due to the trauma. He will have to have future CT scans to make sure the blood on the brain is continuing to absorb, the fractures are healing also. Dustin has to get another CT scan in 4 weeks as well as an audiogram (hearing test) in 6 weeks. We will not know if he will regain full hearing until he has the CT scan. He also has the ENT and Neurologist appointments that will be re-occuring until he is fully recovered. At this point, we are unsure if he will need any addition tests above what we have mentioned. Dustin cannot work for a minimum of 4-6 weeks. Dustin cannot drive either. We have insurance on him but there are co-pays and deductibles. Also, Dustin has his own personal bills that need to be paid as well. And we won't go into any Psychological assistance he may need due to this tragedy. We, as his parents will do what we are able too but we feel that he needs help. We are asking for help to be able to take the burden off of him and be able to cover any medical bills, lost wages, expenses with traveling to and from his appointments, medicines, tests, and whatever else may arise from this so he may concentrate on his recovery.
We are asking that anyone who can assist Dustin would
be greatly appreciated by his father, step-mom mother. Dustin is on his road to recovery but it is going to be a long road ahead.