On September 23rd, Mike was on his way home from work when he pulled over onto the side of the Florida Turnpike. He was outside of his vehicle when he was struck by a woman driving a Honda accord. He landed on the hood of the car which then hit his parked vehicle on the side of the road before hitting the guardrail and he was thrown approximately 30 feet from the road. Even though he received treatment roadside from a few guardian angels and medical personnel, he did have to be revived and was breathing only with the help of a ventilator for a period of time. His physical injuries consisted of a bleeding right kidney, broken right ankle, fractured pelvis in two places, fractured upper right arm and a shattered right shoulder. He also had numerous cuts, bruises, and abrasions all over his body. While his physical injuries are extensive, it is the Traumatic Brain Injury that Mike sustained that is the most concerning of all. The outcome and extent of his brain injury is hard to predict, but the care and rehab that he receives in the meantime is crucial to his chances of recovering from this accident and going on to live a productive and happy life.
Mike's recovery is exactly why we are asking for your support. We are in the process of getting Mike prepared to go to an intensive, specialized rehabilitation program at The Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia. This rehab center is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research, and rehabilitation for individuals who have a spinal cord injury and brain injury. The Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 10 best rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. This program will offer Michael the hope, support, and the best opportunity to return to the life he had before his accident.
Although Mike has health insurance which will help to cover a portion of his medical expenses, there are numerous other costs that he is still facing. One of the most crucial of these costs is transporting Mike to The Shepherd Center from North Broward Medical Center to Atlanta on a medically staffed airplane, which will have to be paid out of pocket and up front to get him there. There is also getting him home after rehab, and other foreseeable and unforeseeable costs pertaining to his recovery. It is crucial to get Mike to The Shephard Center to begin his intensive rehabilitation and begin his road to a full recovery. All money donated will be used for causes related to Mike and his recovery. If at the end of this journey any money remains, Mike and Melanie will make a donation to the Shepherd Center so that it can be used to provide hope to another family that needs it more than ever.
We understand that everyone's financial situation is different, and we so greatly appreciate all of the outpouring of love and support from all of our family and friends so far. If you can make any donation, it would be so much appreciated. Regardless, we appreciate you taking the time to pray for Mike and all those who are suffering along with him during this difficult time.
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