Rory has spent the last six weeks since the attack in ICU. During this time he has endured a medically induced coma, has undergone brain scans, a tracheotomy, and brain surgery. He has sustained severe head wounds and brain damage. The severity of brain damage is not yet known, and won't be until he is properly assessed at a rehabilitation facility. The family is hopeful that he will go to a rehab soon, although being very concerned at him having to fight off infections. Up to this point, Rory's health insurance has mostly covered the medical costs, and has guaranteed that they will cover up to six weeks of rehabilitation. However, it is unknown how long he will need for his recovery. This could prove to be a financial pitfall. However, the immediate problem is that Rory, who is the primary breadwinner, has not been working for six weeks and we don't know when/if he will return to work. As the business was a family business, his wife has lost her source of income, and must start looking for work as soon as Rory is settled in rehab.
In addition to this, the family has been told by doctors that he won't be able to go back to the kind of work that he was doing before. Rory, Zona and their youngest daughter Melissa are currently being supported by close family members. This however, is not sustainable and the family is in desperate need of financial support until Rory can return to whatever work that he is able to do, or retrain to do other work. We have estimated that the money needed to keep Rory's family afloat over a period of six months of unemployment to be around $20k, however the figure could be higher. Please support Rory and his family during his recovery, as they try and regain what has been stolen from them.
Below, you will find some pictures of Rory after the accident, they are graphic, but nessecary to show the heinous nature of the attack. Please support Rory and his family in any way that you can. We would love to keep you updated of his progress, so please include your email address along with your donation, and we will be sure to keep you up to speed as the family rebuilds their lives. We look forward to the day that we can send you a photo of Rory with the same happy beam that he had on his face whenever he saw someone he cared about. Thank you all!
- Marie-Louise Cardwell
- Tam Shead
- Gareth Luyt
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