On Sunday, June 4th, Lenny Braasch was involved in a tragic accident. He and his son, Ross, were working together on a vehicle. When they started it up, it backfired. Lenny was standing right at the front end looking in, when it exploded. His shirt caught fire. His daughter, Riley, saw what was happening and ran inside to tell her mother, Jody, while his son, Ross, was on the phone with 911. The ambulance picked him up and drove him straight to the Natividad Medical Center helicopter pad, where he was life-flighted and intubated on the way to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. He was placed on life support for almost three days. He remains hospitalized in the burn center.
As of June 16th, he has had one procedure and one surgery. On Monday, he had a nerve block set in his upper arm to numb the pain. On Friday he had full grafts on both arms and debridement on his left ear. Every single day he has to have extremely painful bandage changes. And every day his daughter and wife are by his side for up to 14 hours at a time.
While Lenny is in the hospital, Riley and Jody have been switching between hotels, JW house (awesome family housing), and one generous family member. His doctor and surgeon have estimated that he will continue to be in the hospital for some time, depending on the outcome of his surgery. Even after he is discharged from the burn center, he must continue to have treatments, visits, and physical therapy at the hospital. He and his family will have to commute up to Valley Medical Center 1-2 times per week. This will continue for months. During this time, Lenny will have lost wages and increasing medical expenses. Any money raised will be used for medical costs, travel expenses, and daily necessities.