Provide for Pilot Daniel Turner’s Medical Journey

(Keep reading to see Summary Timeline)

On February 2, 2020, Daniel Turner was in a plane crash near the Fremont County Airport in Canon City, Colorado. Daniel was airlifted to Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, then to University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora. Every bone in Daniel’s face is broken, including his jaws. He also has missing teeth. Ligaments in Daniel’s neck are damaged, requiring him to be in a neck brace for six weeks. Reconstructive facial surgery is scheduled for Monday, February 10, and is estimated to take 6 - 8 hours. Eventually, he will need speech therapy. At this point, Daniel is able to respond by raising his hands, shaking his head and giving a “thumbs up.” He likely will be in the hospital for quite some time and then he will be in rehab.

Danny and Sherry Turner (Daniel’s parents) were quickly on the scene of the accident and traveled directly to Penrose first, and then U of C Hospital in Denver, as Daniel was transported. The Turners had no essential traveling necessities with them, including clothes, toiletries, etc. They are making due, but find themselves in this unexpected time of extra financial burden. To cover bills not covered by insurance, and the daily financial needs of being in Denver, away from their home in Fremont County for an undetermined amount of time, any bit of help will greatly assist them at this time.

What was to be 1 surgery has turned into 3, with some minor surgeries to be performed in the future including more facial surgery, bone grafts in his mouth, and dental work. Daniel’s stay will also include therapy and rehab. It’s still undetermined how long the Turners will be in Denver for Daniel’s ongoing hospitalization.

Here is a Summary Timeline:

2/2/2020 Plane crash, Airlifted to Penrose, then Denver; it was determined all of Daniel’s facial bones, including his 2 jaws, were broken.

2/4/2020 It was determined  Daniel’s neck ligaments damaged. This requires wearing a neck brace.

2/6/2020 Tracheotomy and feeding tubes installed.

2/10/2020 First reconstructive surgery, lasting 8 hours, on Daniel’s forehead and sinuses; plates and screws used.

2/11/2020 Daniel hooked up to a tracheotomy collar, spent time off the ventilator, and started simple therapy of sitting on the side of the bed.

2/12/2020 Daniel sat in a recliner, and was able to wash his face and brush his teeth.

2/13/2020 It was determined Daniel had ileus (disruption of intestine activity) which was causing high fever. Correcting that eliminated Daniel’s fever.

2/14/2020 A temporary voice box used with the trachea collar allowed Daniel to speak; ongoing physical therapy included sitting up in a recliner, using a walker and doing speech and swallowing therapy.

2/16/2020 Daniel did word searches in his mother’s puzzle book! Also beat his Mom at a game of checkers. More physical therapy included using a Sara Steady (mobility-promoting support aid that encourages mobile patients to stand up independently). Daniel steps on it and is wheeled to a chair and lowered but he has to hang on and has a seat. It became apparent Daniel’s ankle is damaged.

2/17/2020 Second reconstructive surgery, lasting 10-1/2 hours, placing plates and screws in the jaws, working more on his forehead and under his eyes, and his upper gum. It was determined there will be some bone grafts in the future.

2/18/2020 X-rays showed on the left foot the talus bone is broken. Orthopedic surgeon determined surgery isn’t needed. The Calcaneus bone of the right foot is broken - the heel and pad. Daniel will have surgery on his foot next week (week of 2/24).

2/19/2020 Daniel played Uno with his parents and won a round! Ophthalmologist found Daniel’s eye pressure is good, that he has 20/20 vision, he sees color, and his pupil’s dilate when needed and are focused. Trachea tube downsized.

2/20/2020: Daniel's foot surgery is scheduled for Tuesday 2/25. The 3 facial surgeons just left. They checked his eyes and his bite and told him he can practice biting but no chewable food. A swallowing test should be done today or tomorrow to see about other foods

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Organizer and beneficiary

Rebecca Cooling 
Canon City, CO
Sherry Turner 
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