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Matt Barbee's Medical Fund

$875 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 14 people in 18 months
On Thursday, December 14th, Matt Barbee was driving home from his shift as a Police Officer in Tigard, Oregon when he got a flat tire. He pulled over to the side of the freeway and called for a tow truck. While waiting for help, an alleged drunk driver slammed into Matt's parked car. His car was completely totaled and crushed Matt inside. They had to cut the roof off the car to get him out and he had to be life flighted to the hospital and was in critical condition. He suffered extensive trauma to his head and neck, along with other serious injuries and required surgery.

Matt's future is unknown at this time and the road to recovery is long.

Matt has been married for almost 19 years and has three young children. His daughter is a stroke survivor and continues to have seizures and learning disabities which requires daily assistance. Matt and his wife Sherrie just bought their dream fixer- upper farm house in the country and were in the process of slowly remodling  it when this happened. 

Matt has always been a loving, giving person with a great sense of humor. Anyone that knows him, even in passing, has a "Matt" story.  He is so loved and we can't wait to tell and show him how much. He has never been one to enjoy giving tickets, so his main job is to respond to 911 calls and help people. He got into the police field for this reason and loves what he does. He is very talented in calming people down in tense situations and is known as a "helper." He would give you the shirt off his back and is always doing charitable acts both in his community and among his close friends.  

Matt's whole life was being a police officer, an active dad, a farmer and doing construction projects around the house. Due to his injuries, he will more than likely suffer chronic pain, have limitations/disabilities and not return to the career he loved as an officer.

Because he was off-duty, the burden and financial stress it is causing and will continue to cause will be detrimental to his family. His wife is having to commute 100+ miles a day to the hospital to support and advocate for Matt's care, along with working and taking care of the kids.

The house is going to have to have accommodations for Matt to come home, they are going to have to hire a caregiver for Matt while his wife is at work, and somehow supplement his income. Any donations are appreciated.

The Barbee family has no family in Oregon and appreciates any and all help. They are very grateful for the outpouring of love and support they have received so far.

The goal is to be able to have Matt come home, and recover without the stress and burden that his inability to work will have on the family.

Recovering from a brain injury is a very long and slow process and we want to enable him to focus on his recovery. 
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Last week we had an emotional reunion with the First Responders that saved Matt the night of December 14th. It was an honor to hear each of them tell how they contributed to ensuring Matt survived the accident. We will be forever in their debt and grateful.

We met with Homes for Heroes today and are excited that they're going to help us complete some much-needed projects around the house this summer. Stay tuned as we'll need lots of volunteers to make it happen . We continue to slowly work on the girls rooms with help from volunteers so they have a place of their own. Currently Ash is in a utility room and Maddie the master.

Matt is getting stronger each week. He continues therapy and has good and bad days. Pain is always a struggle to manage and the stiffness he has from the fusion causes tension and extreme pain at times. I am still working at home in order to help care for him and take care of the kids.

Trying to do every day tasks with a head that can't move is tough, but he presses through.

This month is scary as we lose health insurance from Matt's work as his FMLA/OFLA ends. We are unsure what the future holds financially and work-wise with Matt, but we pray it will all work out.

We appreciate all your donations -even small ones as Social Security hasn't come in yet and settlements from insurance companies are unknown (We only had liability). We are also still waiting on the donations that friends and family made to the PD.

Continue to pray for our family and Matt's progress. We are so grateful for everyone who is holding us up at this time.

Brain injuries are complex. I have learned that it impacts the whole family. A brain injury affects who a person once was; it also affects how a family once functioned. Relationships, family roles and responsibilities experience change. Interpersonal communication can become a serious challenge to everyone connected with this scenario and who maybe dealing with their own myriad of intense feelings of shock, denial, anger, and depression that can accompany the losses resulting from such a traumatic injury.

A brain injury can change a family’s functionality, balance, its dynamics, harmony and landscape forever. “It has been said, that although we may not have physically lost the person, there is often the loss of the person we once new”. Losing someone you care for can be painful, however when it comes to brain injury, we live with a living reminder of that loss each day which can make it even more difficult. It is a constant state fluid acceptance. -Sherrie
Matt met the First Responders that saved him!
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Matt has been home for just over two weeks and is continuing Outpatient Therapy. Every week he gets a little better in terms of his brain injury, but we still have a long ways to go. We are doing various things such as heat therapy, massage, a TENS unit, muscle relaxers and nerve blockers to try to combat pain. Please continue to keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
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On March 3rd from 5-8 at Vernonia Schools there will be an auction and fundraiser! Come support The Barbee Family!
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Vernonia School District is putting together a fundraiser in March. More details to come!
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