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Lauck Ward's Long Road to Recovery

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Raised by 119 people in 3 months
A few days ago Lauck was in a bad accident. He was hit by a car. He has suffered many injuries and has a long road ahead of him filled with surgeries, physical therapy, and unfortunately a lot of pain. 
Among his injuries are both legs broken, both shoulders broken, right hip broken, right arm broken and 10 broken ribs. Currently he has pins and rods coming out of both legs. Once the exterior rods are removed, surgeons will be putting permanent pins into both legs. It is both bones in the shin that were broken, in both legs. 
In addition to the leg surgeries he already had, he has also had surgeries on his hip, and right shoulder.  In the future he will most likely be having surgery on the left shoulder too. 
After speaking with his doctors we have found out that he has a long road of rehabing ahead, it coukd be as much as 12 months before he is able to be on his own once again. 
Unfortunately he does not have any insurance.
In addition to the extreme pain he is in, he us also consumed with fear and anxiety on how he is going to be able to cover the extreme expenses in his future. 
I have set up this GoFundMe in the hopes of helping to cover some of his medical expenses and any other expenses associated with his condition. 
Im hopeful that he has a relatively easy road to recovery, but from how it looks and what we have been told by the surgeon, it is going to be very difficult and long.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, and if able to help in anyway, I'd like to thank you from the both of us.
Please keep Lauck in your thoughts, sending love, peace, positivity, and light.
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Physically therapy is going well, but they've recommended he go more than just once a week. With  physical therapy increasing, and prescriptions associated with the different medical issues resulting from the accident and subsequent surgeries, the cost of getting to and from all these different appts and on going check-ups, etc, things have gotten very tough for us. Any continued support towards his rehabilitation we can get will be so helpful and so very much appreciated.

UPDATE ON LAUCK'S PROGRESS 
June 12, 2019.

Hi everybody. I like to keep everyone updated as to how Lauck is doing and how he is progressing. Lauck  is definitely moving forward, and it's been great to see. It's slow going, but every step toward the goal of independence is remarkable, considering where he started a couple months ago (he used to have to ask for help to do something as simple as repositioning his legs in bed, as he couldn't move them or even sit up by himself ).

Physical therapy is really a huge part of every day, conquering small hurdles, and learning how to overcome any physical obstacles. Even when Lauck isnt at PT, he's working hard at home. Each day he goes outside to the building's balcony and works on his shoulder to get it moving properly again (the ball of his right shoulder broke completely off the bone, requiring surgery to install a metal rod to fix it back into place)  He is also working on taking a few steps without the walker, which is amazing to see. He can't take many on his own yet, but it's definitely a start.

Without the physical therapists, I dont think he'd be doing as well as he is. It's still a struggle, he still deals with a lot of pain, and he's still very wobbly on his new legs, but that's to be expected. His right arm is also still very weak, which I know has been concerning and frustrating for him. No one wants to lose the full use of their dominant arm. But his PTs are amazing, really pushing him and training him, making sure to work all the right muscles. We've been told there's a lot of calcium buildup around the bones that were broken,  (which was 20 in all when you think about it!), and in the joints and such --- making them pop really loudly sometimes (yikes!) --- and working those deposits out is painful and slow, but again, thank goodness for great PTs -- they really know what they're doing.

All the help we've received through GoFundMe is what's making all this happen. We both can't thank everyone enough. Because his recovery is an ongoing, slow process (it could be up to a year before Lauck is moving around like he did before the accident), any additional or continued support would be so helpful.

We're still jumping through the hoops of disability and medicaid, lots of appointments and dealing with the driver's insurance. The lawyer we had has already told us after looking into it, that the driver's insurance was not adequate, so there would be no payout. That lawyer ultimately declined the case. But we are going through other channels, and are in contact with the driver's insurance on our own, which we hope if nothing else, may be able to reimburse us for what we've already paid out of pocket. We've been told it will take a while --- much longer than we had hoped --- but it's worth it if means getting the help and support Lauck deserves.

Everyone has been really great, in so many ways. The outpouring of love and positivity has really helped with the emotional state Lauck is in, and I thank everyone for that. Seeing Lauck feeling uplifted and thinking positive about his future, is really great to see. Sometimes he has hard moments, when the day to day finamces, and just life in general becomes a real struggle for him, but he keeps moving forward, even when it's hard, or it hurts.
Thank you everyone.

And if you can, please share.
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May 31, 2019 - Just like to keep everyone up to date.
Lauck's been home a little bit now and it's been an adjustment, to say the least. The one I'm really thankful for - he's home. But it's been hard. He still has a lot of work ahead of him. He still can't really walk, but is pushing through the pain to get stronger. A lot of physical therapy is still needed. And we're still trying to navigate how to get the support and aid that he needs and deserves. There are still a lot of expenses, and a magnitude of bill's that just seem to never stop, in his future before he's independent enough to, for lack of a better term, be on his own 2 feet again. The support hes getting through this campaign is really helping and has meant so much. It really is what is making everything possible right now. If you can donate, we would really be so appreciative, and to those who have, thank you so much. Without you guys I dont really know how Lauck would be able to keep it all going and stay positive enough to do it.
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May 20, 2019 - IT'S Lauck 's BIRTHDAY!!
He miraculously made it to 42!

He finally made it home with a wheelchair and a walker, and is now learning to navigate the apartment and his new way of life. Lauck still has a long road of recovery, including lots of healing, lots of physical therapy and more. He is still dealing with a lot of pain, but he pushes through it because he is determined to walk and live a normal life again. Right now he has no use of his right arm because of breaking the right shoulder and right humorous bone (which required extensive surgery and the insertion of rods, pins and screws -- the ball of his shoulder broke off of the bone and the muscle had to be repaired).

There are still lots of expenses rolling in and all the outpouring of love, positivity and donations has really helped to allow him the peace of mind to really concentrate on healing and gaining strength. Acceptance of Lauck's new reality has been difficult, but he is learning to cope and gain hope and strength in himself, which is something he has struggled with in the past. Through this process of healing he has learned to humble himself and ask for help which hasn't always been easy for him.

If you are able to help, please consider giving Lauck a birthday gift that will really make a difference in his life by donating.

Your continued support through this means so much to him. This campaign is really allowing him to concentrate on what is truly important at this time, getting Lauck better.

Thank you again,
Jodi
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