Tim sustained several injuries from this accident. Being hit from the left side, his entire left leg shattered. He also sustained an injury to his neck which cause his neck to become misaligned. Additionally, he suffered two thoracic fractures in his upper back. Tim's head smashed the pavement causing a massive concussion leading to brain swelling and bleeding. He is currently being treated at Froedert Hospital in Milwaukee, WI. Tim spent a few days in the ICU before being transferred to the trauma center. Within this past week and a half, he has gone through five leg surgeries already where they put rods, plates and pins in place of his shattered tibia and broken femur. He will need to undergo numerous additional surgeries to repair the broken bones and torn/dead muscle and skin. He also underwent neck surgery to remove a disk and realign his neck by fusing the surrounding two vertebrae together. More surgeries may follow. As of now, the two thoracic fractures in his back will hopefully heal on their own with time. Until then, he will be in a chest and neck brace for months to reduce the risk of him becoming paralyzed.
It is unsure if Tim will ever be able to return to work or do the things he loves like riding motorcycles, working out and hunting to name a few. There is a long, hard road to recovery ahead for him that requires a lot of strength, effort and time. Tim's quality of life and life in general will never be the same, but he is still here with us and that's most important.
The driver of the car has been taken into custody and charged, but has no insurance on his vehicle. The lack of insurance by the individual who caused the crash, coupled with the hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills from Tim's surgeries and rehabilitation process is putting a real heavy financial strain on the Zenil family.
Anyone who knows us knows it is extremely difficult for our family to make our situation and struggles public, but we are in desperate need of prayers, support, and funds to get us all through this devastating incident. Any contribution, great or small, will help ease our financial burden while Tim starts his road to recovery and is greatly appreciated. After all is said and done, the bike can be replaced, but we are truly blessed Tim's life was spared and we thank God every day. Feel free to share and we thank you for taking the time to read our story and reach our goal.
- April Ganter
- Valerie Diaz
- Tiff and Aro Suennen
- Nate Hummel
- Michael O'Connor
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