Helping A Ray (Alexander Ray)

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Raised by 126 people in 3 months
Created April 18, 2018
For those of you that know Alexander Ray or better known as A Ray, he was taken to Auckland City Hospital in critical condition this morning (April 18th) after being hit at 6am while out on a training ride. He remains unconscious in the hospital under a medically induced coma fighting for his life. 

A Ray is battling a lengthy list of serious injuries. He is now considered in serious condition and will soon undergo multiple surgeries. 

-Broken bones in spine, not paralyzed.
-Collapsed lung
-28 breaks in his ribs
-Deep hole behind eye, 98% sure won’t affect sight.
-Bone structure behind eye is fractured.
-Broken Clavicle, Scapula 
-Open fracture of jaw
-Deep cuts to lower face and neck

He went in this morning for surgery to have a sensor placed under his skull to monitor the pressure as his brain has begun to swell.  They are potentially operating tomorrow morning on his jaw as it is completely fractured at the chin and dislocated from the skull on the right side.
His shoulder will need reconstructive surgery. They also drilled into his skull to monitor the swelling given the severe impact to his brain. It is unknown how he’ll be when he wakes up.

At this time, it is unknown what financial, let alone physical challenges A Ray and his family will be facing during his lengthy road to recovery.  A Ray is well known for his warm and kind heart, positive attitude, and his frequent encouraging words to others. He has been referred to as a stubborn, self-motivated, self-driven and a bit of a nuggety little kiwi that will not allow anything to stand in his way of getting back to the bike. Let's help him this time when he needs it and us most. 

Please consider making a donation to his cause and recovery. Any amount will be greatly appreciated and will help relieve the stress from A Ray and his family as they focus on his recovery.
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5/10/18 Update :
“The one and only, Mr van Uden” was the greeting I got from Alex today. A small improvement from yesterday when he thought Rusty and I had come to take him to the toilet and wash his behind.

He is still a chatter box but sentences are tough to finish before he starts on another topic. He can read just fine and is taking on purée food for now. I wasn’t able to get him to finish lunch today or yesterday but once he consumes it all the feeding tube will come out.

Tracey Ray has said Alex might be transferred out of Auckland Hospital and into a Traumatic Brain Injury rehabilitation centre in Ranui, West Auckland on Monday. He has been shifter from the High Dependence Unit and is in a normal room, 8, still in the Neurological Ward.

Last night he was treated to a fresh shave, although Matt Thompson though he may as well start Movember now.

The V Bike Crew has generously donated funds for a coffee card and parking vouchers, they are in a brown envelope on the ledge above his bed so feel free to use these on level 5 at the cafe and the Wilsons hospital Carparks onsite.
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5/9/18 update:
Bit of a tough update tonight. Roman was at the hospital this afternoon while the language therapist was at work. Aray’s speech is much more clear than yesterday, but he was unable to remember who Roman was or his name. We believe he knows his own name, perhaps from repetition by the staff, but we don't believe if he knows who he was before the accident 3 weeks ago. When asked where he was, 'hospital' wasn't one of the words spoken. There is clearly a lot he does know and remember, but perhaps at this stage is not quite joining everything together. We remind ourselves that he was still in a coma two weeks ago, so he has come a long way from barely waking up at all.
Please keep the encouragement coming.
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5/7/18 update:
Visiting Aray last night, He looked a good colour and overall better than I expected - a great testimony to his fitness. He was quite drowsy after a sleep but talked a little and grinned his ARay grin when I cracked a few funnies. I told him my Trek would be due for a service soon and he said he would do it in a couple of weeks! Might have been the drugs talking but he seems to have a good positive mindset.
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5/6 Update:
Just saw alex this morning and he is talking! Also breathing in and out his mouth with a plug on the trachy. Most of it isn't audible due to some serious metal work around his teeth from surgery last week and rubber bands clamping it together. Short term memory seems a little hazy but he is charming the nurses with winks and 'thank you'
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Raised by 126 people in 3 months
Created April 18, 2018
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