Help My Parents While My Dad Focuses On Healing

Hi, my name is Sara, and on behalf of my siblings, I am fundraising money to help my parents cover costs while my father recovers from a horrific accident that nearly took his life.

On October 20, 2021, my father was in a terrible accident. He was hit by a drunk driver, going well over the speed limit. My father is an incredibly hard worker. He puts his head down and does what he needs to do to provide for his family. 
My father works two jobs to cover the bills, allowing my parents to stay above debt lines. My father’s night job was driving for Uber, and it was while driving with a passenger for Uber that the accident happened. 

The driver who rear-ended my dad was drunk, speeding, driving on a suspended license, and did not have any car insurance.  My father’s spine was fractured on impact, and he lost all functioning from the waist down. Thank God he’s alive, and his passenger was able to walk away from the crash with only a few scratches. Hearing about the details of the accident, we are so lucky that he is even alive! We have been holding on to hope that my father will walk again while he recovers in the hospital and then goes to a rehab facility.  My father’s determination and perseverance stand out as he works hard to recover. When his physical therapist says, “we’re going to do 15 reps,” he pushes to 20!

Unfortunately, things will not be as simple as we expected them to be. Insurance is now denying most of the claim. We have an experienced attorney working hard on the case, but we are not expecting much because of Michigan law.  Litigation will take years for a possible verdict for the insurance to be forced to cover some part of the expenses caused by this accident. We need to move my dad home shortly, but before he can go home, we need a wheelchair-accessible vehicle to transport him home and go to his therapies. 

Our house also needs to be modified to be wheelchair accessible—widened doorways, bathrooms, hallways,  steps, etc. Since my father is paralyzed from the waist down, he also needs to be turned every 2 hours and needs assistance transferring from bed to wheelchair, which means he will need full-time care. 

Because insurance is denying any actual coverage at this point, these costs must come out of pocket, and my parents do not have that money. 

We are asking you to please give what you can to help my parents cover these costs.

Thank you, and God bless.

Thank you,
The Duatos


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Sara Duato
Oak Park, MI

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