MedHelp - My Brother Lost 6 Fingers

We are assisting in the medical care, recovery and therapy of our beloved brother Zakar.

From a young age Zakar was trained in the trades of carpentry and construction work where he went on to head up several large commercial jobs.  Eventually he was trained in welding.  He developed a real knack for that and excelled in it.  Later he moved on to a tall ship where he spent over a decade of his life learning every aspect of maintaining and running a ship.  The sea is Zakar’s true passion and he has a great thirst for adventure.  He studied for many years to earn his captain’s license as well as received his licenses for deep sea diving.  He is sort of a master of many trades and all of this is how he makes his living.

On August 17th, 2018 Zakar got into an accident while abroad in Australia.  During his accident he tragically lost 6 fingers; all 4 on his right hand and 2 on his left hand.  He has had a team of 9 doctors and surgeons who specialize in micro surgery, orthopedic surgery and plastic surgery operating on him.  In the first week of his accident Zakar had been through 3 surgeries on both hands and a total of 24 hours of surgical time.  Doctors were only able to reattach 3 of his 6 fingers.  Devastatingly Zakar’s fingers were not only severed but also badly crushed.  Although 3 fingers were reattached, unfortunately the damage to the blood vessels was so bad that doctors could not get enough blood to flow in and recycle back out of his fingers.  2 fingers ended up dying and had to be removed again during a 3rd surgery.  With only 1 of his severed fingers in play right now my brother’s road to recovery will be no small feat.

Zakar is unable to do basic things without his fingers, such as:  going to the bathroom, brushing his teeth, shaving, showering, dressing himself, driving a car, or even feeding himself.  This is incredibly saddening and frustrating for someone that is used to working so hard, having very few days off and doing everything himself.  He cannot wait to get back to some sort of work, doing the things he loves and just feeling like a normal person again.  Doctors are planning to discharge him from the hospital this week, however he is not permitted to fly back home to the United States to be with his family for his recovery for the first 8 to 10 weeks after his surgery.

Your donation will be greatly appreciated and will go entirely towards Zakar’s survival and having someone help him do these basic, but very meaningful tasks until he can manage to do them once again himself.  It will also go towards his therapy, which his doctors are estimating to take a year and a half for him to regain feeling in his reattached finger and to try to regain some sort of strength while learning to use his hands in an entirely new way.  In the future Zakar may hope to explore the option of getting prosthetics, another expensive but necessary device to help him be able to continue on with living the life ahead of him.

His friends in Australia have been a tremendous help to him and are doing their best to be there to assist him, but they also have jobs and are busy themselves providing their own living.  Zakar will have to survive for several months while regaining functionality to be able take care of himself somewhat again.  Once he is cleared to fly we will bring him home to be with us and continue his care over here in the United States.

The cost of the medical care and the help needed to continue for a full recovery is not known at this current time, but his hospital bills so far are already adding up.  Zakar needs the funds immediately, as he is being discharged from the hospital at some point this week.  Every little bit tremendously helps him, but if you aren't in a place financially to donate, sharing this post would mean the world to Zakar, his family and his friends. 

Thank you kindly!





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