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FWC Officer Kyle Plussa Fund

$39,956 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 533 people in 8 months
Created August 5, 2018
On Friday, August 3rd, Officer Kyle Plussa of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), was involved in a serious vehicle accident while off-duty. As a result, Kyle sustained a traumatic head injury, subsequently leaving him in a coma ever since. 

With the intention of spending the first night in his new house with his fiancé Lauren, Friday evening was supposed to be one of the happiest days of his life. Kyle and Lauren were finishing up a day of moving their personal belongings from their apartment to their new house. A vehicle was traveling eastbound on Immokalee Road when it unexpectedly crossed over the median into oncoming westbound traffic. The vehicle crashed head-on into Kyle’s U-Haul, consequently creating a 5-vehicle car crash. The operator of the striking vehicle sustained fatal injuries. The accident is currently under investigation with FHP. 

After the crash, Kyle was immediately transported to the NCH North Naples Hospital to be stabilized. Upon evaluation, doctors stated that he had suffered substantial swelling in his brain and possible internal bleeding. He was then flown to Lee Memorial Hospital’s trauma center in Fort Myers. Lauren was in another vehicle and is physically unharmed. However, she is currently going through what no fiancé should ever have to endure and is waiting at Kyle’s bedside for him to open his eyes. 

Since arriving at Lee Memorial, Kyle has undergone several X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs. He has been taken off sedation medicine, but still has not woken up. Kyle remains in critical condition inside the ICU. All bleeding has ceased and the brain swelling has decreased. Our hope and prayers are that Kyle will wake up soon! 

The staff at Lee Memorial has been truly amazing, accommodating for the large amount of family and friends that are surrounding and supporting Kyle. 

Fort Myers Police Department has shown Kyle’s family and friends an incredible amount of generosity by supplying food, comfort, and protection for everyone here at the hospital-All after recently going through their own nightmare of losing one of their own last week. 

Kyle’s FWC family has done everything in their power to provide assistance and comfort for Kyle’s loved ones during this difficult time. We are asking today for your thoughts, prayers, love, and support until we bring our brother home.

This page has been created to help support Kyle, his fiancé, mother, sister, and entire family while he undergoes the physical fight of his life and the financial fight that will inevitably follow.
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What a busy last month! Kyle graduated from Shepherd’s Bootcamp (inpatient therapy) Program and started the Shepherd’s Pathways Day Program. It is a “day program”, a step between inpatient and outpatient. He has six hours of therapy, five days a week. He has been working really hard and it’s paying off. He is excelling in everything. Therapists have used words like “unbelievable”, “incredible”, and “amazing” to describe his recovery. He has a couple more weeks left and then we head home to Naples to finally settle in our new home. He will continue with outpatient therapy in Naples and slowly incorporate light duty work, until he is medically cleared for full-duty.

We want to thank every one of you. It is hard for us to reach out to each person individually, but please know that no well-wish or gracious donation goes unnoticed or unappreciated. Your well-wishes have been encouragement for Kyle and me to keep our heads up during some tough times and to celebrate his recovery. Your donations are going towards the best care Kyle needs to be able to recover 110%. Kyle will need a hearing aid due to permanent hearing loss in his right ear. He is still working hard to get his eyes to function properly again and frequently visits the eye doctor for eye therapy. Also, Kyle’s front teeth were badly chipped in the accident and will need repaired. These are just a few examples out-of-pocket expenses we have, and we are so grateful for your contributions to help with these much-needed expenditures. Thank you again for all the love and support you have shown us.
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Hello everyone,

This is a long overdue update, but we’ve been busy. Kyle is kicking butt. He spends the day in therapy—physical, speech, occupational, and recreational. He has come such a long way in a short amount of time. It’s incredible. He is now walking, talking, eating, using the restroom, showering, dressing himself, brushing his teeth, etc. all on his own. There are some things he is still struggling with, notably his vision, but therapists are working with him to improve these things. He does it all this with a positive attitude and a warrior spirit. He makes the nurses and therapists laugh and he encourages and inspires other patients.

Kyle is doing so well that they’ve moved his discharge date up by two weeks to September 25...one more week! After he is discharged from the inpatient therapy program, he will need 4-6 weeks of outpatient therapy. We have decided to stay here in Atlanta, because this is the absolute best care available. He will be able to live with me and it will be a nice transition stage before going home. When we finally go home, it will be a little while before he can return to work. We will take this opportunity to enjoy our new home, continue with therapy exercises, making up lost time with our dog, and being back with our Florida friends. He is looking forward to the day he can return to work, but knows that he only can when the time is right.

Kyle is crushing it through this tough journey we are on. It is hard to believe it’s been a little over 6 weeks since the accident. However, there is still a long journey ahead. We will have our triumphs and challenges. It will take up to a year. But we will get through it all. We have all witnessed a miracle with Kyle. We have God and all of you to thank. Thank you all for your love, support, prayers, good thoughts and vibes, donations, well wishes, etc. It means the world to us.

Love,

Lauren (Kyle’s fiancé)
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Our thoughts and prayers have been answered! Kyle is awake and is progressively getting better every day! On Friday, August 24th, Kyle was transferred to Atlanta to start The Shepherd Center's Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program. Kyle has been resting in Atlanta this past weekend but he will begin his intensive “boot camp” rehabilitation program today.

Kyle has come a long way in these past three weeks. Our first major achievement came about 10 days ago. Around this time, Kyle had been observed gradually opening his eyes little by little. While Kyle was looking at Lauren, she took the opportunity to smile and blow a kiss. To everyone’s surprise, Kyle returned the same loving gestures! In the following days, Kyle became increasingly more alert and responsive. Initially, he could only communicate by using gestures, mouthing words, and using a whiteboard to write on. Kyle then received a speaking valve and his first choice of words to say was, “I love you.” Kyle was becoming more and more like Kyle with every passing moment. The day before traveling to Atlanta, Kyle stood up for the first time in three weeks! Kyle is now capable of taking showers and eating certain foods. He has been working closely with a physical therapist and a speech pathologist to improve his motor skills and re-strengthen weakened muscles. Kyle will remain in Atlanta for approximately 4-6 weeks.

Every single day has come with its frustrations and headaches. However, we always remained excited and hopeful because there was always something to celebrate. He has never taken a step backwards, only forwards. Kyle misses his family, friends, co-workers, and his job. Lauren and his family continue to stay at his bedside in Atlanta. Every step Kyle makes, every meal he eats, and every exercise he does, Kyle’s loved ones are right there with him for support. Kyle’s FWC family misses him greatly. The dedication that Kyle has to this job is something that employers could only dream of. Kyle has already requested to check his work emails and has had Lauren quizzing him on Florida statutes. He remembered every single one by the way!

There have been several fundraising events in the Naples/Fort Myers area recently. We cannot thank you enough for the continuous support and generosity that you have shown Kyle and his family. Each fundraiser and personal donation deserves to be recognized you are all heroes in our hearts. We do want to personally thank the nurses and medical staff at Lee Memorial for such great hospitality and support. You truly made this overwhelming process easier to understand and we knew that Kyle was safe in your hands.

We know we are a long way from Naples but we love reading the thoughtful comments, messages, pictures, and texts that you have been graciously sharing with us. We cannot wait to see you all again soon!

Please continue to keep Kyle in your thoughts and prayers until we can finally get Kyle and Lauren back into their new home safe and sound! We love you Kyle!

Blessed are the peacekeepers, for they shall be called the children of God.
-Matthew 5:9
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