Prayers for Erik "The Hulk" Conde

$55,246 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 707 people in 2 months
Created December 30, 2018

On Thursday, December 27th, 2018 Erik Conde, father of three and loving husband arrived at his job as a Firefighter Paramedic for Hallandale Beach Fire Rescue, where he's been serving with distinction for over 4 years. Erik had no reason to think this shift would be unlike the countless others he’s served with his second family of fellow firefighters. Running calls, assisting the public, eating meals and laughing and joking with his crew. Little did Erik know that in less than 24 hours he would go from being someone who responded to the needs of others on some of the worst days of their lives to literally fighting for his own.

Friday morning, less than 30 minutes prior to the end of his shift, Erik suddenly collapsed onto the floor of his Fire Station, his heart not pumping and his body not breathing. His crew, his second family feared the worst. Putting aside their shock they began the life-saving work that they were trained on for years. Training to be put to service helping the community they serve, but never with the thought of needing to save one of their own. Erik was found to be in a severely life-threatening cardiac arrhythmia and was not breathing on his own. Thanks to the quick thinking of his crew, he was able to be defibrillated and his heart re-started. Unfortunately, Erik never regained consciousness.

As firefighters, as paramedics we are used to coming to the assistance of others, it’s not in our nature to ask for help. Now we are asking for your help. Erik is currently in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit of Aventura Medical Center. The diagnosis is that Erik’s lungs were somehow injured, probably from an infection he’d been harboring as many of the patients we come in contact with are fighting an illness of one kind or another.

The doctors are unsure as to what caused his cardiac arrest but for now, he is on an ECMO machine. Being used to bypass his lungs, oxygenate his blood and keep his body and brain alive while his injured lungs heal.

He has his wife.

He has his children

He has his parents and family

And he has his fire & police family.

Erik’s road to recovery will be a long and potentially expensive one but make no mistake, a Husband, a Father, a Son, a Brother is still fighting for his life. From our family to yours we are asking for your help. If you could donate what you can to help offset expenses for Erik’s medical and family care it would mean the world to us.
Thank you.
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Just an update! We have been so blessed with the support of friends and community since we got home! All of the fundraising events have been a blast!
Erik is doing very well, and probably doing too much around the house because he can't sit still! We saw his PCP who was very hopeful that he could return to the line once he is cleared by his cardiologist and electrocardiologist. This is going to depend on his physical therapy. We are still waiting to start outpatient therapy but he will be starting next week. We were both hoping to jump in to some Peloton riding (obviously very light for Erik) this week but we have to get past our colds. If you are a rider friend me! #fitrealtor. Thank you all for your prayers as we continue this journey. We are keeping our heads held high and looking towards the future!
Fundraiser at The Cage Bar and Grill
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Hello everyone!
Just wanted to post an update! Erik is home and doing great. Every day he is doing better and feeling stronger. He will be starting cardiac physical therapy on February 6th to get his Hulk stature back!!! We are hoping and praying for him to return to the line as soon as possible, however it is going to take some time. There have been multiple fund raisers set up in the Prayers for Erik The Hulk Conde Facebook page. If you are interested in purchasing the shirts in the attachment for yourself or your department please email ERICKCONDETHEHULK@GMAIL.COM and you will be contacted.

Thank you everyone! Keep praying and keep sharing our story. Amazing things are gonna happen!
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Quick update:
Erik had a procedure done today that went very well! He is resting and we are being told he gets to go home tomorrow afternoon with outpatient physical therapy!!! We are super excited!!! Continue to pray for full recovery and testing that has to be done post hospital. We love you all and thank you all for your prayers and donations. Keep sharing Erik's story!
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Today was a little rough. We have lots of emotions happening all at once. I have asked all of his doctors what could be the cause of the cardiac arrest and they can't tell me. There was a lot of speculation on the news and amongst all of us...maybe a head cold or Mycoplasma did it. In talking to the elecrocardiologist that is not the case at all. Neither one would ever cause this. So as they said we may not ever know why this happened. The doctor told me today that only 3% of patients in situations like Erik's survive. So yes, he truly is a miracle patient. I believe the hand of God was with him from moment one. We have to pray moving forward it won't happen again. Please continue to share this story and our Go Fund Me. We want to spread awareness. Join us on the 18th for the hockey game! Erik plans on going!!!
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Created December 30, 2018
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