On October eleventh our Father, Phillip Pond was severely injured in a head-on collision caused by a 27 year old woman who ran a red light. Phillip was transported to the ICU at Parkland Hospital in Dallas where he remains under 24 hour care. The injuries he sustained have left him with a broken neck (c2 vertebrate) leaving him paralyzed from the neck down and reliant upon a respirator to breathe. The severity of this injury has also left him unable to speak, however we have communicated with him through flash cards and eye movements. He has made it clear that he wants to fight through this and return home.
Phillip was a U.S Marine in Vietnam, and later joined the Irving Fire department where he served for 31 years. He is a husband and father to four children and five grandchildren. Prior to the wreck he led a very active lifestyle after his retirement, riding bikes, gardening and the loving owner of nine rescued pets. In 1996 he overcame one of the rarest forms of cancer known as Dendritic cell Sarcoma which he is the lone survivor out of only seven known cases in medical history. With that being said this obviously comes as a shock to him and he has a long road to recovery.
We are asking for any financial support from friends family and anyone willing to help us through this very trying time. He is going to require a live in nurse and his home will have to be modified to accomadate his medical needs.
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