Relief for Vinnie

$14,145 of $15k goal

Raised by 285 people in 2 months
Sloane Johnson
on behalf of Paul Mannino
 WINSTON SALEM, NC
Vinnie was attacked Monday night while playing Pokemon Go in downtown Winston Salem. He was robbed of his electronics and and beaten severely. He is currently in ICU with multiple facial fractures, some of which they fear my affect his vision. Aside from all of the bruising and abrasions, he also has bleeding in his brain. After further testing today (Wed) we will hopefully know more and hear good news. He did wake up a little yesterday and was able to speak briefly and give a thumbs up, but he is in extreme pain and has to be sedated after a short time. He's got a long way to go to recover. As family and law enforcement give permission we will release further details. We hope to help offset some of his expenses while he is out of work and to replace his valuables that were taken, as well as to help family(many of which are from out of state) be able to come and be by his side . Any small donation helps! Thank you so very very much!
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Update 3
Posted by Sloane Johnson
1 month ago
It's been a bit since we posted an update. Since Vinnie has been moved out of the ICU and into the ABI (Aquired Brain Injury) unit at the hospital, it's become a little more quiet. It's less touch and go with him on a life-threatening basis now, and definitely more focused on bringing his quality of life back to the level it was before the assault he suffered.

No, they still haven't found the person who did this. We still don't know... if you have any information, please pass it on to WSPD.

Vinnie now attends daily 'classes' focused on re-training his brain and reconnecting lost connections from the damage he suffered to his forehead, which affected his frontal lobe. The ABI unit is trying to keep him goal oriented, so his visiting hours are limited. The doctors expect the majority of his progress to be made within the first three months of his being at the ABI Unit. It'll taper off as he approaches six months, and at one year will be the peak of the progress he can achieve since the assault.

Vinnie has begun recalling things that have happened since he was moved to the ABI unit, which is vast progress. A few weeks ago, he couldn't remember what happened between naps, let alone what happened yesterday. He told me on Sunday that he had called the nurses's station to find out if they'd let him out with a group of his friends who had come to visit. They were going out to dinner at his favorite Mexican place in town, Pancho Villa's, and he wanted to go too.

Vinnie's been trying to get out of the hospital since before he was really conscious he was a patient. For weeks, we've watched him try to get out of bed while half conscious, and then when he's not trying to get out of bed, we'll be in the middle of a conversation when he'll look at his mom, or whoever is in the room, and say "I feel like there's somewhere I'm supposed to be." He really doesn't want to be in the hospital, and it's wearing on his soul a little.

Earlier today we were able to coordinate a visit from the 501st ( http://www.501st.com/ ) with the nurses (Thank you, Kevin!) and Brenner's for Vinnie before the 501st migrated to visit the children at Brenner's. Vinnie is a giant Star Wars fan. One of the first things his brother Paul was able to get Vinnie to communicate after the assault was the lead actress' name from Rogue One and the movie release date. Vinnie's been very conscious of the date for this film premier coming, and he's also quite aware of the fact that he won't be able to go just yet. We encourage family and friends who would like to visit to contact us and we can help make that happen.

Thank you for your continued support! We have almost hit our current $15k GoFundMe goal, and we send love to each and every one of you who contributed! There is still a long way to go, so please continue to donate and share beyond the goal.

#TheDangerValorStrong ❤️✊
Vinnie catching his first Pokémon since the attack a few days before he was transferred
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Update 2
Posted by Sloane Johnson
2 months ago
Spent the evening at the hospital with Vinnie and his family. He is showing some improvements as he is talking on and off(some makes sense, some doesn't), and trying very hard to sit up. Unfortunately, much of this is directly related to the immense pain he is in. He's complaining mostly about his back hurting. His eyes are starting to open on their own, so that's a good thing. There hasn't been any change in the brain scan, the bleeding hasn't stopped but at least it's not getting worse. He's regressed a little in his ability to eat but they are working with him. When I went back to see him they had just given him more medicine to sedate him but it hadn't taken full effect yet. I think his back bothering him was preventing him from resting. His mom told him she was there and he responded "OK". When I told him I was there I got the same response. He complained of his pain, and the nurses with the help of his mom, got him to lay down and put him in a more comfortable position. When I was telling his mom I was going to head out to the lobby he loudly yelled "Bye" I said "I love ya buddy" and he said "Love you too" too which I lost it lol, but in the best kind of way. He's got his stuffed Eevee and some of the members of the NC Bronie board brought him some rainbow dash stuffed ponies. He has all of that and the bee in his bed to keep him company and the kids made him a picture. He's getting quite the collection to display when they move him to a regular room eventually. His family is so appreciative of the support everyone has shown. We would really like to find an Eevee shirt for his mom to wear in support of him, so if anyone would like to help with that please message me. He has a very long road ahead of him so please continue to share the GoFundMe and contribute if you are able, he's going to need it. Thank you so much again. We will keep you updated as he progresses.
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Update 1
Posted by Sloane Johnson
2 months ago
You're response has been amazing! Thank you all soooo much! Vinnie needs all the support he can get! Heading to the hospital to visit him now but here is yesterday's update from his brother Paul

"Hey everybody,

Vinnie is doing way better (even from yesterday evening). When we came in this morning, he was actually having breakfast. The nurse was feeding him pancakes, milk, and apple juice. He even said the apple juice was good.

He was cussing (a little bit-- well, ok, normal for Vinnie Mannino), talking, asking questions, and actually just spontaneously telling mom and I that he loved us. There is no doubt that he is still in a lol of pain. Lots of, "F*ck! That hurts!" But, then again, that's Vinnie.

He struggles with answering some questions. When he gets put on the spot, he seems to blank. But he definitely said, "Mom, that hurts." "My back hurts." "I love you, Paul," and "Why am I here?"

I take all those things as a good sign.

He's still in lots of pain, but they do wake him up every hour to check on him. As much as I wish they could just let him chill, I'm glad that they're giving him the "intensive care" that he needs.

What else?

His cat, Spencer, has been rescued by a rag-tag crew of his World of Warcraft buddies. Nick, Aimee, and Rebecca. You guys are all-stars. I know Vinnie will be excited when he finds out that his cat is safe.

Mom and I have decided that we're totally cool with visitors-- and, no, you don't have to just be family. WoW people, Pokemon Go people, Bronies, alike. We figure at the very least we'll be able to be comfort to one another.

OK, cool. More later.

Pray for the bleeding in his brain and the swelling to go down. He will have another scan tomorrow to determine the progress there. But all of the interactive stuff that's been going on has been a good sign.

ALSO...

An important note. There is an ongoing police investigation for who assaulted my brother. As his brother (and I'm also speaking on behalf of mom), you may think that you know who did it-- but you don't. Please let the cops do their jobs.

If you have real tips, talk to the cops.

But again, don't ruin your life or someone else's life by trying to take justice into your own hands."
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Lucy B. Duncan
2 months ago

To Vinnie's Mom, my heart goes out to you. Having something like this happen to your child is every mother's worst nightmare. I pray for healing for Vinnie and strength for you and your family.

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Debbie Andrew McMahan
2 months ago

Prayers for this wonderful family! We love you guys ♥

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$14,145 of $15k goal

Raised by 285 people in 2 months
Created November 16, 2016
Sloane Johnson  
on behalf of Paul Mannino
$15
Johanna Sykes
1 month ago

We're all praying for you!

JS
$15
Jason Sykes
1 month ago

Still praying for you!

PT
$20
Patrick Turner
1 month ago
SP
$20
Shawn Peters
1 month ago
MC
$50
Monica Cecil
1 month ago

United in Love and Support we are powerful

$200
John Seiler
1 month ago
SS
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Shelly Shores
1 month ago
JS
$50
John & Susan Steding
1 month ago

We are the parents of Joel Steding, a long time friend of Vinnie. We are so sorry about the attack on Vinnie. We hope and pray that he makes a full recovery.

$40
Teresa Blackburn
1 month ago
$10
Anonymous
1 month ago
Lucy B. Duncan
2 months ago

To Vinnie's Mom, my heart goes out to you. Having something like this happen to your child is every mother's worst nightmare. I pray for healing for Vinnie and strength for you and your family.

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Debbie Andrew McMahan
2 months ago

Prayers for this wonderful family! We love you guys ♥

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