It was an ordinary day in the life of my son. The finals in college were near. After finishing one of the projects for his business class, he felt hungry and decided to go get lunch in Five Guys franchise in the nearby shopping center. For many years now he has been independent. He earned money to pay for his apartment, paid college tuition and was planning to start his own business soon. That particular day, he got on his motorcycle for a 5 minutes ride to the restaurant.
On his way home, he stopped for an older lady who was trying to exit the parking lot. The lady stopped her car, since it was not her right to make a left turn. After a brief curtesy, my son continued his ride for a few more seconds. The car that stopped suddenly drove from the parking lot straight at him. The woman was pushing gas pedal so hard, that she moved his motorcycle on the other side of the road, few lanes away. Jenya’s right leg remained between the bike and the car .
The surgery team in the trauma hospital could not save all the mangled bones, muscles and arteries crushed by the force of the Ford. My son’s right leg was amputated three times, as the surgeons were trying to keep as much length of the bone as they could removing nonviable tissues time after time. Besides losing his right limb, Jenya went through a reconstructive surgery for his pelvis and right hip that was ripped out of his socket. At the age of 21 he faced an immeasurable change in his life.
After a multitude of hours of physical and occupational therapy and the time to let his pelvic and hip bones to heal (up to 6 months from now), he will need to get a prosthetic leg. The hip eventually will need to be replaced. He will also need a modified vehicle to drive himself and his equipment (wheelchair, walker etc).
It is hard to estimate the total coast of all the medical expenses that he will encounter in the future. The price of a new prosthetic leg can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $50,000. But even the most expensive prosthetic limbs are built to withstand only three to five years of wear and tear, meaning they will need to be replaced over the course of a lifetime, and they're not a one-time cost.
Since Jenya’s motorcycle days are over, he will need to get a vehicle that he can drive without his right limb. Almost any car can be modified, but the types of vehicles and modifications appropriate for each driver are based completely on individual needs. He most likely will need to have a van to load a wheelchair and replace the gas and brake pedal from right to left. The estimated coast will probably be at least $35,000-40,000.
These are his most immediate needs. However, since my son’s hip was destroyed, he will need several hip replacements over his lifetime. Price of hip replacement surgery varies from $17,000 to $46,000. Exact figures can vary widely depending on the services received, the region, and the hospital. However, hip replacements eventually wear out. Even hip replacements made with special materials designed to last a long time do not last forever. It will need to be replaced every 15-20 years.
We are touched by the outpouring of love and compassion we have received since the unfortunate accident happened. It has been only three weeks, but it feels like a lifetime. After multiple surgeries, Jenya's spirit is still high. He is exploring his educational and professional options. He is planning the rest of his life.
We are grateful to all who has supported us through all the challenges.
- Quynhe Duong
- Kasturi Basu
- Olena McLin
- Olena McLin
- Olena McLin
Organizer and beneficiary
San Jose, CA