Ben Weldon's Medical Fund

Ben Weldon took his motorcycle out in early April for a spin around the block to enjoy the first warm day of spring. Less than a mile from home, a driver turned left in front of him. Ben hit the hood before skidding down Puritas Avenue. Thanks to his helmet, he seemed to have gotten away with nothing more than leg bruises.

A few weeks later, Ben started to have recurring headaches. He assumed they were sinus headaches and worked through them. On May 1st the pain got intense. He went to the emergency room where he was diagnosed with a cerebral hemorrhage. The accident had damaged peripheral arteries and slowly formed a huge blood clot, pushing his brain well past the midline.

Ben underwent emergency surgery that day. A portion of his skull was cut away and the clot carefully extracted from his brain. Tie plates and screws were used to replace the piece of skull. He spent five days in ICU before being moved to a regular hospital floor. He's home now, with his cognitive and physical abilities blessedly intact.

Recovering from brain surgery, however, is a slow process. He needs rest, can't exert himself, and isn't allowed to lift more than 10 lbs. Doctors say he will not be permitted to return to work for six months.
This creates another emergency. The driver who hit him has minimal insurance coverage, capped at $25,000. That won't even cover a fraction of Ben's medical bills. Ben's job doesn't provide any sick leave pay. 

Thankfully his job will be waiting for him when he's ready to go back but Ben is facing six months without a paycheck. He and his wife Niki have all the financial obligations that come with owning a house and raising their two-year-old daughter. It's hard to ask, but if you're able, please pitch in to help out.

Donations

  • Debra Frantz 
    • $40 
    • 46 mos
  • Debra Frantz 
    • $50 
    • 47 mos
  • Mike Philippone 
    • $100 
    • 47 mos
  • Debra Frantz 
    • $40 
    • 48 mos
  • Donald Vargo 
    • $50 
    • 48 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Kirby Weldon 
Organizer
Cleveland, OH
Benjamin Weldon 
Beneficiary
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