Garrets med bills and rehab
Thankfully HBPD was very quick and arrested both men. One of the men has already been bailed out.
We are still waiting to see if he will wake up, if he does, he faces months and possibly years of rehabilitation, psych. counseling, and medical bills!! Not to mention livin expenses etc.
Gofunme asked that I add a little information about myself in case anyone was curious. My name is Katelin! I am 26 years old and I am Garret's good friend of the last 7 years and also his roommate. I have spent most of my life in Huntington Beach and I have a very strong connection to this city. Since this is Garret's money I have no idea how he will want to spend it! He will probably want to blow it all buying his dog Rosie a new mansion dog house. But my guess would be living expenses and paying off any bills he incurrs at this time. All of the donations accepted at this time are in Garret's name and nobody has access to them except for him!
Thank you everyone for continuing to show support. I honestly never thought the gofundme would get this big. It is incredible!
Garret is home and he is still improving every day!He is elated by the amount of love and good vibes everyone has sent his way.
He has been very lucky as he remembers almost everything before the incident. Unfortunately, he does not remember the night this happened to him or even a few days before.
He gets tired easily and is dealing with random pains throughout his body which is pretty common after the trauma he experienced. He struggles with some memory and processing issues. He needs speech therapy and a psychologist to help him get back to 100% which we were not able to set up until insurance was figured out.
No one has been able to find any workers comp insurance from the company but he was just approved for medi-cal which will hopefully cover most of the bills.
We are going to start withdrawing Garret's gofundme donations since he has been out of work for almost a month now. I will be the one withdrawing money as he needs help managing it. The money will be used to pre-pay rent, utilities, bills and cover medicines not covered by medi-cal and out of pocket medical expenses.
I have known Garret for 7 years and been living with him for a year and a half so I am aware of and can help him manage everything. If anyone has any other questions about Garret or me please feel free to contact me!
Garret is the type of person who is happy all the time. He draws people in and makes friends with everyone. He never has a negative thing to say about anyone and is basically a giant teddy bear. In fact, I don't think I have ever heard anyone speak negatively of Garret either. He is the definition of a ladies man and a gentleman.
He grew up in the Newport area and has lived in Huntington Beach/Costa Mesa for the last 10 or so years.
I have known Garret for the last 7 years and I have watched him grow in to an amazing man. Not perfect by any means but he is always there to help when someone needs it. He is strong and independent and kind.
Thank you everyone for the support!
I'm so sorry to hear about this young man's serious condition. Workers' comp must cover 100% of medical and disability costs. This includes rehabilitation expense. Friends and family members of this young man need to make sure the pizza place has reported to the workers' comp insurance company so that he is taken care of.
Hi everyone! I am Garret's aunt and would like to thank all of you for your prayers, love and support! Garret suffered a severe traumatic brain injury early Saturday morning - he was in a coma but woke up and has been in and out of sedation. Up until today, when he wakes up, it's as if he is still going through the violent attack. So they had to keep him sedated. He's in a lot of pain and discomfort from the attack and the surgery. The attack resulted in three hematomas and a skull fracture. He woke up a few times yesterday, but keeping him in a sedated state let's the brain heal comfortably. Today, he is more alert and responsive to family and staff. Multiple therapies have been started in order to aid in his recovery. A feeding tube was inserted Wednesday to meet his nutritional needs. We met with the medical staff to determine what to expect next and in the future. His recovery will be a long road but family remains hopeful. We will be posting more as we know more. If you'd like to follow Garret's progress, we will be posting here as well as at @GetWellGarret Facebook page. Thank you again! Aunt Kelly
for anyone wondering because there hasn't been an update, garret is alive and well walking around downtown huntington beach. he is not undergoing speech therapy, he isn't even still in the hospital and hasn't been for over a week. if you would like the truth now instead of waiting for the police report comes out, which it 150% will, feel free to contact me. garret is collecting money for a fight he started by throwing a full cup of water on a paying customer and then calling them into the alley ALL ON CAMERA. this is why he is no longer employed by thunder burger and why he no longer exists in their facebook or any of their social media. keep collecting donations from innocent people that have no idea what your current condition is.
God bless you during this difficult time, and may these thug, despicable, self-entitled losers rot in jail for decades. Thankfully, God says, in Deuteronomy 32:35, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay. In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them.” You are in our prayers, my brother. Keep the faith, stay strong, and get well. Going to donate right now.
Work comp only will pay 2/3 of his regularly earned wages. Work comp medical coverage is largely initiated by the employee. This man is in a coma due to an after hours / off the clock incident. Please, people do not expect he will receive a windfall from work comp benefits. There's an approval process for work comp. I hope he has family involved to advocate where they typically don't allow non family to. I hope this room mate of his is able to maintain their apartment in his absence. Maybe a gofundme for just his rent ?
The news article says this happened when he went outside to take a break, Huntington Beach police say he got into a physical altercation with the suspects that left him unconscious. The restaurant should surely assist with his recovery. Not that it matters if they do or do not assist. Giving should come from the heart -- no matter what someone else is able to do. This could be anyone's husband, father, brother or son lying here. God Bless you Garrett.
Garret sounds like a great young man.... but you seriously think he may "blow the money on his dog, Rosie"?? Our prayer is that he gains strength and that he is able to heal completely from injuries due to this horrific event. ...and that the money will be used wisely in his effort to support himself during his long recovery.
This is so unfortunate and sad. And over pizza. Unlucky for Garrett, if he was leaving work, already off the clock, the com. he is employed by doesn't have to cover him. If I read it correctly it happened off the property in an alley, so again the company has no obligation to step up. (and take the moral high road here). You would think since the event did spawn off of something he was doing to protect the wellbeing of the restaurant, the owners will do the right thing here and assist with monetary costs. I surely hope so. God give Garrett strength to heal.