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Help Derek Recover

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Raised by 809 people in 8 days
On July 8th, my brother Derek was involved in a freak accident that resulted in major injuries. While outside the grocery store looking at produce, a driver in a pickup truck jumped the curb and pinned Derek agains the storefront. His right leg was flattened and he was medi-flighted to a trauma center a few towns away. After over six hours of emergency surgery to reconstruct the veins in his leg, the doctors are still unsure if he will be able to keep his leg. Derek is a single dad who works a lot of hours to spend a little time with his son. He has a mortgage and lives on his own. With a house payment and child support, and being unable to work - we are asking our friends and family for help. Derek will likely accrue thousands of dollars in medical bills and be unable to work for an indefinite amount of time. If you can help, any number will help! We love and appreciate you all!
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Hi friends and family!

We have been wanting to update you all, and know many of you are anxious to hear how Derek's recovery is moving along.

I have spent a few days at the hospital now, and see Derek starting to have more energy - yet he is still exhausted. We really do not have a lot of news, which we suppose is good since "no news is good news."

There are 4 doctors caring for Derek and they all seem to have different needs and goals in order to move forward. Derek's first surgery was 2 fasciotomies, which are daily covered by a wound vac to promote quick healing. He is currently in a "washout" surgery to clean up the muscles exposed by the fasciotomies. The goal in this is to promote healthy muscle recovery and prevent any infection or sickness. Derek's right femur is broken just above the knee, and it sounds like the next step is to place a rod in order to correct that break. The thought with this is that once the bone is fixed, his body can focus on healing the lower half of his leg. There is still a large amount of swelling and no feeling which is a concern. We need Derek's nerves to fire and for that feeling to return!

I am sorry that we don't have more information to give at this time, but we will continue to keep you all updated as we can. Please continue to share and pray - this will be a long and expensive road to recovery. We can not say "Thank you" enough to those who have already given. We all, Derek included, are humbled by your generosity!
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