Hit and Run, Please Help Ricky

Early Saturday April 20,2019 Ricky Panh was walking in downtown Salt Lake when a drunk driver recklessly hit him and drove off without regard for his life. Ricky laid on the ground, with a broken bone in his neck and broken femurs in both legs, thankfully a bystander called the police and he was taken to the hospital. He was an innocent victim to a senseless accident and is now hospitalized for an unknown amount of time. Police tracked down the assailant still heavily intoxicated along with two other people in the car.

Because Ricky is sedated he has to communicate via a  white board. Instead of being angry or bitter, Ricky has stayed positive even making jokes on his white board and is 100% focused on his road to recovery. He is stable and doctors are optimistic about his improvement. His first step towards recovery is surgery on his legs followed by a month in a wheel chair and then physical rehabilitation.

**Update** April 21st 8:30pm
Ricky had a long surgery this morning where the doctors placed a titanium rod in his right leg. His other knee is fractured and the doctors aren't sure if a cast will be enough to heal it so they are keeping an eye on it. His neck is fractured but it should be able to mend with only a brace. He has bleeding in his brain but the doctors are optimistic that it will resolve. His breathing tube  has been removed and he is resting as he comes out of sedation. There will be many more test to run before the doctors give him more input on his recovery. Even though he is out of it he gave a thumbs up to his family after surgery.

Video of the news coverage

Where your money will go
Our goal is to raise $25,000 to help Ricky with the following:
-- Staggering medical cost
-- Loss of income
-- Physical rehabilitation costs
-- Any other out-of-pocket expenses that he may incur during rehab

More background on Ricky
Ricky is a beloved son, brother, friend, and colleague. If you know Ricky, you know he lives hard, works hard and loves those he cares for fiercely.  He is welcoming, fun loving, and a loyal person with an infectious smile! He’s the kind of person to talk to a random stranger who look like they need a friend. Ricky enjoys hiking, traveling, dancing and spending time with family. He is looking forward to regaining his strength and mobility so he can continue to do the activities he loves so much. Please help Ricky literally get back on his feet and enjoy the simple things most of us take for granted.

Thank you for reading Ricky’s story. We appreciate any help or contribution, no matter how big or small, it will help Ricky focus on recovery instead of worrying about mounting medical costs. Please share our campaign link on social media and with anyone you know and that knows Ricky. We will keep you posted on his progress going forward. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us directly.

Fundraising team (3)

Nick Gallegos
Raised $1,040 from 8 donations
Salt Lake City, UT
Vanarick Panh
Samanthavry Panh
Team member
Raised $1,425 from 14 donations

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