My name is Shad. The cover photo is the plane my uncle, Paul Laurent was flying on April 8th, 2016. Paul was born and raised in North East Wisconsin. He has always been a "go getter", Paul ran in marathons, was an active lover of nature, adventure, flight, and just life in general.
April 1st 2016 he left for vacation to Florida, and Georgia. All along his trip he posted pictures of the adventures he was having, hiking in Fort Pierce State Park, Kayaking in Crystal River Manatee Preserve, and his favorite, attending airshows.
On April 8th, his vacation was cut short. The small plane Paul was flying, which for yet unknown reasons, crashed near Jesup Airport in Georgia.
WSAV News article
WJCL News article
Paul was flown to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia. As of this initial post, Paul is not yet responsive, and is in a coma. He has major swelling in his brain, which is expected to have caused some brain damage, the extent of which is yet unknown. He is on a ventilator, has multiple facial fractures, and has undergone two surgeries to repair severe compound fractures in his leg, as well as numerous other procedures. He has been making slow, incremental improvements, but isn't out of the water yet. Regardless of the extent of his numerous injuries, there is an extremely long road to recovery ahead.
Paul is a fighter, he will not give up. His family knows that, and is there to support him.
Paul was traveling alone, and now is in a hospital over 1,100 miles away. Most of his family lives in Wisconsin. He can not be moved to a hospital closer to family for support until in a stable condition, which could be months from now. Even then, preliminary estimates on the costs to fly Paul home exceed $10,000.
Close family members are determined to remain at Paul's side and support him throughout his long road to recovery.
Members of Paul's family have decided to move to Savannah temporarily to be there to make medical decisions and be there for him through his recovery and until he is able to make it back home to Wisconsin. They are currently looking for affordable month to month housing to allow them to do so.
Donations will go towards
~Support to family members moving to support Paul while in ICU
~Expenses related to transporting Paul to a medical facility closer to his home and family (Medical flight)
~Paul's medical expenses
Thank you so much for taking the time to read Paul's story. Any donation, small or large towards Paul's support and recovery will be extremely appreciated!
- AITOR Bleda
- Mark Dougherty
- Scott & Terry Park
Organizer and beneficiary