The injuries were serious enough that the DNR & officer on site requested he be airlifted to the hospital, but due to financial worries he chose to take the ambulance. During all this he lost consciousness several times due the injuries, fortunately for a few people nearby that helped get him out of the water, and the quick thinking of his best friend & brother Nick he's down but not out.
So far here's what we know, he will be out of work for what doctors say will be 6-8 months, he will require numerous surgeries to repair his left leg. He suffered a severe laceration below his left knee, he tore every ligament in his knee, ACL, MCL, Meniscus etc., the laceration cut through a lot of muscle all the way to the bone. He has already gone through 1 surgery to flush to wound as he was in the river, and they don't want to take any chances on bacteria. He also suffered trauma to his right leg, fractured femur, they did an MRI finally on Monday August 21st but we've yet to get the results back, including the chest X-rays to reveal how many fractured ribs he has. He has numerous lacerations on his upper torso as well as losing a tooth & biting through his tongue.
We are setting up this fund to help with the upcoming bills, insurance deductible, co-pays, wheelchair ramp and just everyday bills that will occur for them. Anything you can do to help, whether big or small, even just simply sharing the story with friends would be greatly appreciated.
He has a tremendous support base in his wife (Ashlei), mother (Sherry), sisters (Desi & Brooke), brothers (Jack, Kyle, Nick, Blaine & Austin), friends and all the family, but while that helps the bills will be large and that's the thing he worries the most about. Anyone that knows Ryan knows he's a true outdoorsman, he loves everyone and will help anyone, now he needs our help, please do what you can!
Ashlei, Sherry, Jack, Kyle, Desi, Brooke & the rest of the family!
- Kyle D
- bill butler
- Sara-Frances Lail
- Carolee LaBarge
Organizer and beneficiary
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