New Legs For John
On Sept. 18 2015 my nieces husband was severely injured in a work related accident - both of his legs were severed - http://fox13now.com/2015/09/18/police-say-coworkers-may-have-saved-mans-life-after-machine-amputated-both-of-his-legs/
He and his wife, Ashley, have 2 girls and twins on the way. John is the breadwinner in the family - and will not be able to get back to work in the foreseeable future.
Ashley is unable to work at this time - she has two active girls, Kinzly and Abby, who are 6 and 8. She is also 4 months pregnant with twins (boy and girl). The babies are due in February 2016.
John is a hard worker and does everything he can to take care of his family. Due to low oil/gas prices, John lost his job late last year. John is a go-getter, does whatever it takes to "get 'er done". He has been working at the Kuhni Plant in order to support his family during the oil market downturn. This is where the injury occured.
He is a good man, a man who does whatever is necessary to take care of "his girls".
Your donation will go towards 3 primary purposes:
1) getting the house ready for John's return home - ramps for wheelchair accessibility, making all spaces accessible for his journey to independence.
2) help them purchase transportation that will sit 6 folks (2 kids, 2 baby seats, and two adults) AND that is wheelchair accessable.
3) help cover their living expenses for up to 1 year. This would give them time to get the care they need and learn how to deal with their new life without the worry of losing their house or having their heat turned off.
2) Whatever is left would go towards paying for his prosthetic legs - which are not cheap. http://health.costhelper.com/prosthetic-legs.html
This is a huge tragedy that has befallen this wonderful young family. The road ahead is going to be extremely hard for the entire family. My objective is to raise money to help make the next steps of a bit easier my niece, my nephew, and all of my grand babies.
Anything you can donate would be greatly appreciated.
I will continue to post updates. But if you want to reach out to me, please do - my email address is carinabrewer at gmail dot com.
Story Updates (outside of the gofundme updates):
* 10-01-2015 - KUTV update on how John survived the accident - http://kutv.com/news/local/juab-county-man-who-lost-both-legs-in-accident-explains-how-he-survived
* 09-20-2015 - Fox Story Update - Interview with wife Ashley (my niece) and Johns best friend Randy - http://fox13now.com/2015/09/20/wife-of-man-who-lost-both-legs-in-industrial-accident-shares-story-of-survival-says-theyre-expecting-twins/
* 09-18-2015 - Day of Accident - http://fox13now.com/2015/09/18/police-say-coworkers-may-have-saved-mans-life-after-machine-amputated-both-of-his-legs/
For all of you, if you have questions or want more pictures let me know - I'm in town all week and I'm happy to share more of their story with you. Just ask!
Please share with friends and family so we can get the financial support this young family will need to get on with life.
Worker's Comp will pay a percentage of his wages. I know as a mom of a special needs child with orthotics that I have many other costs involved for her care. Gas money alone to get to the hospital often can be hard to come up with. There are twins on the way with two girls already to care for. As someone who visits many specialists I'd hope that someone in the orthotic community would realize the hardship placed on this family through losing his legs. I'm sure from his attitude he'll do amazing things but until he can his family will need the help of others. Wish your family the very best!
Even if workman comp takes care of it do you realize how much these people's life have changed do you realize how much they just lost and now are going to have to pay. He was the bread winner they are going to need every penny of this for something I promise you they money they get will be used to support this family in one way or another... God bless you I will donate
My Son can Bring his game! His Grandparents would certainly be proud. John Michael Vrana will be standing tall when The Vrana Twins Graduate The College of The Holy Cross in 2038! Once a Crusader, Always a Crusader! Thank you All! John Vrana Sr
Donated and shared! What an incredible story. I love being reminded why I would like to be in the prosthetic field when I graduate. Strong people like John are so inspiring, I send you my love and my well wishes. I hope he has a quick recovery and can go back to walking, soon (however, I know it's a lot of work and time). May the energies of our mother nature bless your whole family. I'm so glad your children still have a father ♥
This is heart wrenching... No matter how many amputees I meet, it's hard hearing about their accident. I'm a prosthetist in Provo, Utah. Shouldn't workers compensation take care of the prosthetic legs? All of my patients injured on the job have been taken care of by workers comp in the past.