Dear friends and family, Jorge was severely injured while cutting down a tree on Sunday, February 11, 2018. He enjoyed tree trimming as a weekend activity to supplement his full-time work as a machinist.
It was a typical Sunday, Jorge and his friend, Alan, were cutting down trees. Which they had done many times before. This particular tree posed no challenges or noticable dangers. Alan was pulling the rope, which was tied to the upper part of the tree, as Jorge was running the chain saw.
After the cut was made, the tree unexpectedly bounced off another tree causing it to "kick back," and fall in an unexpected direction. While trying to hurry out of its path, Jorge slipped. His leg then had been caught by the tree. The result was a severe laceration to the femoral artery, and his tibia and fibula were fractured.
Due to quick thinking and his logging experience, Alan was able to locate a dog leash to use as a tourniquet to slow the bleeding. Alan then called 911.
Sheriffs, first responders, and paramedics were quick to discover the serious nature of the incident. Jorge was then airlifted to North Memorial Hospital Truama Center. During the flight, Jorge required seven units of blood to be transfused.
It was clear that Alan's training and decades of logging experience had saved Jorge's life.
Upon arrival at the Trauma Center, Jorge was immediately rushed into emergency surgery. The surgeons were able to stabilize his leg and repair damage to his arteries and blood vessels.
In the past week Jorge has had three surgeries. The first to repair damaged blood vessels and arteries. The second to set his fractured tibia and fibula and to complete a skin graft to cover the injury. The third was to assess the need of potential bone grafting and to see how the skin was healing from the previous skin graft procedure.
After the third surgery, Jorge was informed that the skin graft was successful. He also required another blood transfusion. However, there was a lot of muscle necrosis which would require future muscle grafting. Muscles from his back would be taken for use in his leg. Doctors could not give a guarantee that the leg could be saved.
At this time, Jorge has decided to have his leg amputated rather than face multiple surgeries with no guarantee of the outcome. His fourth surgery will be on Monday, February 19. This surgery will allow doctors to decide where the leg must be amputated. He is hoping for a below-the-knee amputation.
Due to the severity of the injuries and necessary ongoing treatment that will be required, Jorge will be out of work for the forseeable future.
We are asking for financial gifts to assist with medical and household expenses. Any gift is appreciated. If you are unable to contribute, please share this with your friends and family. Prayers are also very much appreciated.
- Lewis Brigman
- Ashley Westrum
- Jason & Emily Lake
- Mick & Michelle MacMillan
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