Tragic Milk Run

On Monday, September 3rd, our father Steven Capelli suffered a tragic loss of his right leg from a motorcycle accident the day prior. With uncertainty, the story is slowly coming together as our father's memory is returning. September 2nd started off as a normal summertime Sunday with plans to have a simple BBQ with family and friends. While preparing dinner it was noticed that we have forgotten a few things at the grocery store. Happily, my father decided to take advantage of the weather and hop on his motorcycle to pick up milk, almond milk, and cheese. After minutes into the ride, storm clouds filled the sky and a slight drizzle began to fall. In our fathers best efforts to be the safe driver he has always taught us to be, he believed it was responsible to reroute back home and take the car instead. As time passed the family began to worry as it should have been a quick errand. Our mother received a phone call from a few family members in regards to an accident on a nearby road that is known for being the location of many fatal collisions. This news along with multiple unanswered phone calls to my father caused an overwhelming concern for her to rush to the scene of the accident. Once she arrived to the location, the chaos began as she approached an officer looking for answers. Minutes later, the officer was able to confirm that it was indeed our father who when passing through the intersection of Kozloski Rd and Rt 537 was struck by another vehicle on the rear of his right side. With significant injury, he was rushed to the Jersey Shore University Medical Center, known for its trauma unit. At this time, his survival was unknown to us all.
Our concerned family flooded the waiting room with fear and questions about his well being. We were able to see my father in the trauma center where he was immediately attended to due to the urgency and extent of his injuries. We found him in and out of consciousness and were notified that his lower right leg had severe damage that needed to be repaired in order to restore circulation to his foot and prevent him from the loss of his limb. Later that evening, they bypassed a vein from his left leg in attempt the repair to his right extremities. Unfortunatly, once blood flow was restored the true battle began as he started to loose more blood than he was getting from transfutions. Upon waiting ten hours for determination on how to proceed, we were notified that a decision needed to be made. At this time, it was life over limb. 
Today, after four grueling surgeries along with a broken right hand, blood clots, damage to his right shoulder, fractured vertebrae and fragile mental state, our father is needing to come to terms with loosing a part of himself.
My father, Steven Capelli, a certified Dockbuilder Steward at New York & New Jersey Union Carpenters Local 1556, held so much love and pride in his work. This is more than the loss of a leg and a career. Along with his extensive recovery, none of our lives will ever be the same. Besides major financial stress my father is struggling with guilt of letting his family down. From changing tires and maintaining the house to simple tasks such as picking up milk, my father is used to doing it all while being the primary source of income. As a selfless man, he lived a life of helping others. 
With upmost faith in God, we pray that his good gestures will come full circle during this tragic crisis. Our family believes that with the proper care, he is strong enough to make a full recovery and learn to live with a prosthesis. Please help our father and family recover through this unstable and unknown fate. Any monetary donation is greatly appreciated as every little bit helps.
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Organizer and beneficiary

Frankie Salvator Capelli
Freehold, NJ
Steven Capelli

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