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Michael Lythcott Bali Accident

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My brother, Michael and his friend Stacey Eno were involved in a serious scooter accident while touring in Bali, Indonesia, going over a ravine into the jungle at night. Despite multiple injuries and in-ability to move, he was able to get out an SOS to his Facebook network, who quickly mobilized to involve the State Department and local authorities & rescuers. They were found and have both been hospitalized and had surgeries. Stacey had a broken arm, cheekbones, and nose.  Michael was badly hurt, a skull fracture, broken wrist, internal damage, cracked ribs/spine, and  perforated bowels. We are still raising money to cover the costs of Michael's hospital stay, treatments, physical therapy, travel costs, and post hospital recovery. 

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Stacey's family has also set up a campaign for her care that can be found at gf.me/u/kr9bhm .

Please contribute what you can, and if you can't, please share, especially if you are a friend of Michael's, as we all know his network is extensive. Thank you to everyone who has already donated, shared and offered aid.
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Michael is an avid world traveler (Indonesia is his 55th country), see his journeys at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/mikelythcott/  and Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/michaellawrencelythcott . mike@reccenter.com

CNN article about our rescue:  https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/facebook-post-saves-lives-bali/index.html

Any Atlanta locals who would like to contribute to a Meal Train for Michael's family while he recovers, please sign up at
https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/1mvvoq
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Hi everyone, Mike here. I wanted to take the time to give everyone a full update. Yesterday was the 2 month mark since the accident and for me, a big milestone. First off, I want to again thank you all for your help and contributions, I would not be here without you. From family to friends, both old and new, I am still blown away by the sheer response you gave me. I'm humbled and thankful.

So as for me, I am doing good, I am about 75% there. Docs told me I would be more or less fully recovered in 10-12 weeks, it's been 8. My ribs have pretty much healed and I've been able to remove the splint from my arm, and I am slowly working my wrist to regain full motion (fingers work fine, but wrist is stiff and still healing). I have been able to sleep on my side again, I can tie my shoes and bend over fully, I can apply shampoo with both hands again, and I've started doing things two handed again. Little trivial things we all do daily that you don't notice are even trivial, until you lose the ability to do those things.

I can now mostly swivel my neck, and shoulder and back and upper body range of motion is pretty much back to normal. Most soreness has gone away and things like, raising my right arm, which was painful to do 4 week ago, now feel normal and no longer hurt.

My liver area is still a taddd bit tender but is pretty much healed up. Mentally, I am good, as all of these improvements have meant I have been able to mostly return to normal life. I'm working full time (actually always was, as the one thing I could do laying in the hospital bed or at home was play on my computer), I'm able to walk and go out without being winded and with my core and ribs healed, and lung capacity back to normal, most of my normal activities have returned. I can even laugh again, something I found I couldn't do till recently! Little miracles.

So while I still have to take it easy for a little longer, and I am still healing up, I am light years better than even a few weeks ago. I will write again soon when I have hit the recovery benchmark and have seen doctors to confirm my progress.

Thank you again for all your help, I wouldn't be here without you all. God bless you!
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We're Home!
Well, actually we've been home since Monday night but I've been slow to get this update out because I had to jump right back in to work and family life (plus the jetlag has been real!). But we did make it safely back to Atlanta and, while the long flights were not the most comfortable for Micheal, he handled it like a trooper. He will be staying with me for the next several weeks, while he continues to heal. Our Mom, who also lives with me, is understandably happy to have him home, as is his 7-year-old nephew Stephen.

Medically, Michael is doing very well. He's found a comfortable place to sleep (on my recliner) and is getting much better rest than when we were in Bali. He went yesterday to have the sutures and staples from his surgery removed and was feeling well enough to spend the day with some friends in the city. He'll still need to follow up with specialists here in the states to confirm but we're confident that he is out of the woods on his internal injuries and the his bones are mending properly.

Thank you to everyone out there who has supported Michael over the last few weeks. From the people who jumped in to save his and Stacy's lives, to those who have prayed for their healing and recovery, to the folks who donated, to those who sent kind words and well wishes, to those who even sent food. All of your efforts have not gone unnoticed. I know Michael has made a concerted effort to respond personally to as many messages as he can to let everyone know how much he appreciates their support.

Financially, we still have a little ways to go. There is still about $14,000 to be paid back to the wonderful hospital in Bali that treated him. You can help by continuing to share this fundraiser or some of the articles relating to Michael's case to raise awareness. Now that he is based back in the States for the time being, Michael has signed up for health insurance here, which will be a big help going forward when it kicks in next month.

Once again, thank you for your help, everyone!
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We're stateside! One step closer to home. Currently waiting it out at the Seattle airport.

Michael's friend Ashlee has set up a meal train to help with dinners while Michael recuperates. If you're in Atlanta and you'd like to sign up, please go to
https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/1mvvoq

Michael also did an article with Inc over messenger while we were flying from Hong Kong.
https://www.inc.com/bill-murphy-jr/facebook-post-saved-lives-bali-indonesia-2018.html
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Homeward bound!
We're about to embark on the first leg of our trip home. It's been a crazy two-and-a half weeks and you can imagine that Michael is eager to get home. As am I! We're expecting to hit the ground in Atlanta on Monday night. Many many many thanks to all who have supported and continue to support us during this ordeal. We love ave appreciate you.
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