On Saturday, October 14 2017, during the afternoon hours Ricky was walking along Robinson Avenue in the Hillcrest area of San Diego, California. He was assaulted causing him to fall and hit his head on the curb of the sidewalk.
Ricky was transpoted to Scripps-Mercy Hospital by ambulance as a result of the injury to his head. He was initially treated for an gash to the back of his head and staples were used to mend the wound. He was kept in the trauma unit of the hopital overnight for observation purposes. Officers from the San Diego Police Department initially spoke to Ricky about the attack but due to his medical condition and memory recall problems he was having from the head wound he was unable to provide any significant detail about the assault. The incident number for the police report with SDPD is 17-039371.
While under observation at the hospital Ricky began feeling numbness in his hands and arms and resulted in a loss of movement in his hands, arms and legs. The injury caused swelling which compressed his spinal cord resulting in loss of movment and some paralysis. An emergency surgery was performed to remove a couple discs from his neck to alleviate the pressure and swelling on the spinal cord in order to prevent further damage or paralysis. Doctors performed a C3-C4 and C4-C5 stenosis as a result of the injury.
After the initial surgery to remove the discs in Ricky's neck he initially made improvments which were quickly set back by an abcsess that formed at the site of the surgery along with an infection. He has been unable to eat for nearly three weeks and is being tube fed at this time. He is also on a number of strong intravenous antibiotics which he is expected to require for the next eight weeks with oral antibotics following for up to one year.
Ricky was uninsured at the time of the injuries he sustained. Attempts have been made to determine the circumstances of the assault which we believe was the result of Ricky trying to intervene in an argument to deescalate the situation. Family members have been trying to assist with obtaining insurance coverage and other services that may be available but it is uncertain if any portion of his expenses will be covered or the acute extended care he will require in a skilled nursing facility once released from the hospital.
As of November 1, 2017, Ricky's medical expenses have exceeded $525,674.49 for the fourteen days he has been in the hospital. He is expected to remain hospitalized for a couple more weeks before being moved to another facility. His dailiy living expenses are minimal but continue to accrue since the income from his employer stopped.
We are asking friends, family and individuals who are concerned about the people of our community to assist in anyway possible to help Ricky get through these difficult times. Anyone interested in details of his condition or to inquire as to how to assist can contact his family at the links provided in this request.
- Robert Horlick
- Debbie Schoeny
- William Guthrie
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