On September 27, 2016 Josh was riding his bike home from his morning workout in Buena Vista, Colorado when he was struck by a vehicle. Josh sustained a broken neck, fractured vertebrae in his lower back, multiple fractures to his face, and broken ribs. But most critical was the traumatic brain injury (TBI) and resulting coma.
Josh was treated at Memorial Hospital in Colorado, Springs where he remained in ICU for five weeks. He was then flown by air ambulance to the VA’s Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center in San Antonio, Texas. Josh remained in a vegetative state for five months. He eventually emerged from his coma after the 17th month. He has moved each part of his body to some degree but he still cannot walk, speak, or use his arms. He communicates by wiggling his foot. He is completely cognitive and aware of what is going on around him. He is working hard to engage his environment physically.
Josh and his family are seeking assistance with the purchase of a medical rehab equipment, physical, occupational, and speech therapies, as well as medical travel. He is currently getting rehab at the Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center in San Antonio, University of Arkansas Medical Sciences in NW Arkansas, and Destination Walk in Springdale, Arkansas. Your help is greatly appreciated!
Read more of Josh's story at www.AllinforJosh.org .
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