Everyone that knows him, knows he has always liked to ride. He actually sold his own Harley just a couple of years ago (he was getting where he could not pass up a nice day on the water) so this was going to be extra special for him to get back out on a Harley again. He has ridden plenty throughout North Carolina and Myrtle Beach but going across the pond as he would say, was going to be all so new.
They touched down in Munich, Germany to start. Pops got to travel throughout the country side of Germany on the first few days of the trip. Their trip was unfortunately cut short on August 14th. He was in an accident when he lost control of his bike in a curve and ran off in the woods, ultimately hitting a tree. Luckily, his cousin Mike and the group they were traveling with were there to get him help. He was transferred by helicopter to a trauma hospital in Ludwigshafen, Germany. He ended up suffering two broken legs. His right leg broke at the femur just above the knee and shattered his knee. His left leg broke below the knee at his tibia. We are very thankful to report that he did not have any type of head, brain, spinal, or internal injuries. With both legs being broken and the right leg being severe, we knew it would be a long recovery process, but the situation as bad as it seems, could have been a lot worse.
Our whole family's world came to a stop knowing that he was all the way in another country hurt so bad and we could not get to him. His cousin Mike stayed by his side while the family worked to get a plan to get to him. We were able to get his beloved wife Rosa Lee there by the 17th. This really helped get him in good spirits and on the road to recovery. He had his first surgery on August 23rd for his right leg and then August 28th for this left leg. Today the 4th of September makes three weeks that he has been in the hospital. The good news is he is done with surgeries for now and resting as the hospital keeps an eye out for infection with antibiotics as he regains strength to make the trip home. It is now a matter of time. We hope to get some things lined up so he can come home by the middle of this month if not sooner. Rosa Lee is still by his side and will be with him until he gets home.
The reason for this page is to help him and the family with everything that is to come. As you call can imagine the medical bills stacking up and will most likely continue, especially as the travel process takes place. They will continue with all of the post-surgery and rehab services needed. He will have his hands full there. We are trying to help by getting him the elevator that he will need for his house. He will have to have the assistance of a wheelchair for approximately 6-8 weeks and then ultimately be recovering with crutches and a cane or walker afterwards. For those that don't know his home is on stilts at Atlantic Beach with the main floor being 2 story's up. If we can help him get this elevator, that will be one less thing for him to worry about and can focus on recovery. We are pricing the work for the elevator now and anticipate the cost being 18 to 20 thousand dollars. There is no amount of money to large or too small to help with this cause. We could also not put a number on getting our husband, dad, granddaddy, uncle, and friend home. He wants nothing more than to get back home, hug his family, see his grand-babies, see the beach, and get strong again. He is actually really ready to get back to work as well and running jobs as usual. As he said, he is just ready to throw his boots back on and get back at it. We hope this is one small thing we can do to help him do that.
With everything we have, we would like to thank everyone for taking time to be a part of this and we appreciate all of the support more than we can put into words. Pops is a strong and determined man and we all know that however big the bump in the road may be, that's all it is, just a bump and he will get past it.
The Bond Family
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