Thomas has been badly injured and is in critical condition.
He recently arrived in Chicago to attend graduate school at The University of Illinois at Chicago. He is pursuing his passion for architecture, and has been so excited about this opportunity and his future. He was described by one of his professors as super special and a huge talent. We may be biased, but we agree. Thomas is beloved.
On September 5, 2018, Thomas left his apartment to go to a dinner meeting with his new colleagues. He is not conscious, so we are entirely dependent on the police report at this time to know what happened next. Here’s what we know so far:
Bicyclist, a 25-year-old male was traveling eastbound on 18th St. when a passenger in a parked vehicle opened the door causing the bicycle to fall on the ground and also causing a vehicle traveling eastbound on 18th St. to strike the 25-year-old bicyclist. The male was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition. A citation was issued to the passenger that opened the vehicle door.
Thomas remains unconscious in critical condition. The extent of his injuries are still unknown, but we do know that his brain has been seriously and severely damaged in this accident.
Due to the severity of his brain injury, he underwent brain surgery last night and will likely require several more surgeries on his long road to recovery. As you can imagine, this accident is absolutely devastating.
Thomas’ mothers have traveled from their home in Charlotte, NC to Chicago to be by his side, and his father has flown in from Boston. They are committed to remaining right by his side for as long as it takes. Of course, this is where they belong and they have put everything on hold to do so. This means they are not currently earning any income. In addition, Thomas has mounting medical bills that could be financially ruinous and will doubtless be enormous. This is where you come in.
What you can do to help?
We need your help to immediately alleviate the financial burden the family is facing. We are asking for donations to help cover the immediate out-of-pocket expenses that are piling up. We want Thomas to be surrounded and supported by his family during his recovery. We want his family to remain by his side without fear of a looming financial crisis. Let’s help them stay together at the time when they need each other the most.
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