Steven Sirard, my 19 year old son, was a pedestrian walking on the sidewalk in Burlington, Ontario on Saturday July 14, 2018 when he was hit by an SUV that was driving erratically. Citizens had called in to 911 about an erratic driver on Fairview Street in Burlington. Unfortunately, the police were not able to intercept the vehicle in time and two pedestrians were struck within minutes of those calls. The vehicle struck my son on the sidewalk first and then another person nearby. My son survived with the left leg having both bones badly broken below the left knee and the right foot was amputated by the vehicle at the scene.
The other pedestrian unfortunately died of her injuries at the scene.
These are the newscasts relating to the horrible accident:
After this life-changing event, Steven has had several surgeries to repair his broken left leg and to prepare his stump below the right knee for a prosthetic leg. He has been unable to walk for 5 weeks and is in a wheelchair for another month or two until his badly broken leg heals enough to walk on it with adaptation.
Once his amputated right leg heals enough in 2 or three months he can try a temporary prosthetic leg below the knee.
Steven’s life has dramatically changed where he will need to adapt to return to living in the community by undergoing counseling, physical rehab and prosthetics training. The prosthetics will most likely need to be replaced every 3 to 5 years. His education to pursue a degree in the Life Sciences at the University of Waterloo has also been put on hold as he goes through all these changes.
We are asking for $50 000 of funds to help Steven with coping with daily life, with lifelong and ongoing costs of adapting to prosthetics, replacing them on average every 3 to 5 years and finally helping him achieve his goal of graduating with a degree.
These funds will only be used for items not covered by insurance and if any of these sums are recovered from the insurance at a later date or in the lawsuit that any excess left in the go fund me will be donated to charity.
Thanks to all.