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Luke Silliman's Recovery

$5,260 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 69 people in 12 months
Created October 20, 2017
Update: Today is Luke's birthday. He is now 18 years old and learning the new art of adulting as important decisions need to be made. He is almost ready to leave the hospital which is great news. He is healing well, and does not need inpatient rehab as originally believed.

Not great news: What we know right now is that his health insurance (Washington State Apple Care) does not cover routine medical appointments out of state, and Luke is not medically cleared to travel. They only offer catastrophic coverage--so essentially his hospital stay will be paid, and everything that comes next will be out-of-pocket/self-pay until January when Luke can be covered via Illinois Medicaid.

What's next: Luke will see both of his surgeons for follow-up appointments at Northwestern (self-pay with payment plan possible). They will refer him to a PT when he is healed enough to start therapy. Finding a PT might not be possible if he cannot pay out of pocket, so this is the most urgent need for funds. An exact dollar amount is not yet known.

What Luke has: The hospital provided a wheelchair for Luke, and he has a walker. Luke's family has been in Chicago with him, and will continue to travel there to support him. The school is being great about being supportive.

What Luke needs: He will need some basic adaptive equipment tomorrow, and a laptop by Monday when he hopes to slowly resume school as he was using the computer lab which won't be possible right now. He will also need funds for physical therapy, and secondly for bills from Northwestern doctors. We continue with the 10,000 target amount. Thank you so much for your support in every way.




On October 14th, Luke fell 30 feet from a bridge, where he was spending time with friends. He broke his hip,  lower spine and pelvis. He was transported to Northwestern Medical Center where he has had two surgeries.  He is incredibly grateful his injuries weren't worse, and that he survived the fall.  Doctors expect him to make a good, if slow, recovery. 

Luke started his freshman year at Columbia College Chicago in September. He is studying Cinema arts and Television. His goal is to get walking and get back to college as soon as he can. We are raising funds to pay for medical costs that may arise in addition to what his insurance will cover. He had planned to work his way through school, but will not be able to work due to the healing process. Any funds that are not needed for medical costs will be applied directly to his education.
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Happy March all! We are celebrating because Luke had his first PT appointment this week and was cleared to start walking with crutches.

We cannot thank you all enough for your support in this process. Since I last wrote, Luke was able to complete his first semester of college, go to Sequim to be with family and friends for the holidays, and keep enjoying life despite living it in a basic wheelchair. The healing process took longer than anticipated at his discharge. But he has been healing. He is back in Chicago and continues to study. He’ll be in PT for awhile yet, and need more surgery to remove screws, but he is on the way to a full recovery. He reports no more nerve pain, which was a significant concern.

The hurdles have been big. Insurance navigation has been ongoing, delaying the start of PT. It appears that the bills for the hospitalization are being covered by Luke’s Washington health insurance which would only cover emergency medicine. With the funds you all raised, Luke was able to purchase insurance in Illinois in order to continue his outpatient recovery AND stay in college.

Thank you! Thank you!
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Hello all. Thank you so much for your donations and sharing of this gofundme. Luke did so well in the hospital that they were able to discharge him back to his dorm room rather than inpatient rehab! Luke is working hard to heal--he is in a wheelchair, and can only take 3 steps at a time (trying to not use the right leg as much as possible), which is just enough to be able to live on his own. His first follow up will be on November 9th. Until then its school and rest as much as he can. Luke wrote "Today 10/31/17 was my first day back in class. It being Halloween my teacher who hasn’t seen me since I had gotten out of the hospital asked if my wheel chair that I need to get around in was a costume. I told her it wasn’t and that I had an accident where I fell of a bridge. This prompted my whole class to call for a story time episode. So I wheeled to the front of the class and talked about the fall, my 12 day hospital stay and all the metal in my body. When you tell strangers about a near death experience it’s funny cause even though they don’t know you they can still say “I’m so glad you’re alive” without it being weird. I know not everyone has money for another go fund me. But that money is going to help pay for some very expensive doctor visits I have coming up. If you can’t donate please share. So maybe someone who can will see it. And thank you to everyone who has already donated. It is so very appreciated. I am on a good path to recovery. It’s going to be a journey. But it’s a journey I’m on."
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Today is Luke's birthday. He is now 18 years old and learning the new art of adulting as important decisions need to be made. He is almost ready to leave the hospital which is great news. He is healing well, and does not need inpatient rehab as originally believed.

Not great news: What we know right now is that his health insurance (Washington State Apple Care) does not cover routine medical appointments out of state, and Luke is not medically cleared to travel. They only offer catastrophic coverage--so essentially his hospital stay will be paid, and everything that comes next will be out-of-pocket/self-pay until January when Luke can be covered via Illinois Medicaid.

What's next: Luke will see both of his surgeons for follow-up appointments at Northwestern (self-pay with payment plan possible). They will refer him to a PT when he is healed enough to start therapy. Finding a PT might not be possible if he cannot pay out of pocket, so this is the most urgent need for funds. An exact dollar amount is not yet known.

What Luke has: The hospital provided a wheelchair for Luke, and he has a walker. Luke's family has been in Chicago with him, and will continue to travel there to support him. The school is being great about being supportive.

What Luke needs: He will need some basic adaptive equipment tomorrow, and a laptop by Monday when he hopes to slowly resume school as he was using the computer lab which won't be possible right now. He will most importantly need funds for physical therapy, and secondly for bills from Northwestern doctors. We continue with the 10,000 target amount as we wait to learn exactly how much is needed. Thank you so much for your support in every way.
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Photos of Luke
xray after surgeries
First time standing after surgery
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Raised by 69 people in 12 months
Created October 20, 2017
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