On September 21, 2020 I got the phone call nobody wants to get - "Your husband has been in a serious motorcycle accident, he’s breathing and moving that’s all I know..."
This terrible accident took place in Valley Center, CA on a windy road near our home. We still aren’t sure what happened, but it appears that the motorcycle slid out from under him. Thankfully, no other vehicles were involved. It seemed like an extensively long time before he arrived at the trauma center, where I just so happened to be working that night. I was able to talk to the doctor and was told he had an open book pelvic fracture, but that he was alert at the time. He needed to be intubated because of the pain, and to keep him comfortable while he went to CT to confirm any other internal injuries. As it turned out, his liver and spleen were bleeding in addition to his pelvis and would need an embolization procedure in order to stop the bleeding. A hip binder was put on his pelvis to help stabilize it until he was stable enough to get it fixed. He was then transferred to the ICU shortly after. The following day it was apparent that the bleeding had not completely stopped and his blood pressure was crashing. He had to go to the operating room for an emergency abdominal surgery, that had to be left open because they would have to go back in. Ever since that day it has been a roller coaster of emotions that have fluctuated with his condition. It has been two steps forward and one step back. He has received over 75 units of blood and counting. So far, he has undergone three surgeries, has required continual dialysis, and will require at least five more surgeries for his abdomen, pelvis, and his lower left leg -
that was also fractured. He is still intubated, and it has been the most difficult thing in the world to see him laying there. Sometimes he's been somewhat aware of his surroundings, and other times not so much.
As most of you know, he would much rather be out auditioning for new acting roles, out camping with his brothers, telling funny stories to make people laugh, encouraging those around him, and enjoying time with close friends and family. So we cannot wait to see him go back to doing what he loves most, and back to his usual enthusiastic, adventurous, and energetic self. Mark is a fighter, he is strong, and he loves Jesus with every ounce of his being... but this is going to be a very long and hard road for him. It will probably require at least six months to a year of recovery, but I know he is depending on God for his strength through it all.
The medical bills and rehabilitation that will be required will obviously be a huge expense. In addition, I will need to take time off of work to help support his recovery. Therefore, if you are able to support us in any way we would greatly appreciate it. All donations and prayers go a long way, and mean more to us than you know. I thank God for the amazing support of prayers we have received so far and the incredible staff that have taken care of my husband at the hospital. I am so grateful and appreciative of everyone who has been there for us through this time. God bless you all!
- Patrick Whelan & Susan Leonard
- Mary Shalloo
- Lucky Bailey
- Lucky Bailey
Organizer and beneficiary
Valley Center, CA