Ralph Lanigan's spinal injury

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Raised by 377 people in 1 month
Created August 15, 2018
Lynn and Ralph have contributed to many GoFundMe accounts in times of tragedy, And unfortunately, it is they who are now in need.
On Thursday, August 9th, 2018 and while on vacation in Hawaii, Ralph was hit by a rogue wave, tossed and slammed in the surf, and knocked unconscious.
Thankfully, bystanders pulled him to shore, where he regained consciousness,  but he suffered a serious abrasion to his head and trauma to his neck and spine.  He was taken by ambulance to the local hospital to be stabilized and then airlifted to Queens Medical Center in Honolulu and their Neurological Trauma Center ICU, where he remains today.
On August 12th, the neurosurgeon surgically implanted screws in his C3 - C6 vertebrae to stabilize the neck.  He's currently on a ventilator, but they hope to be able to wean him off that as his breathing improves.
Each day, we rejoice in small improvements in his condition.
We don't know when he will be able to be moved, but after discharge, Ralph will need months of physical therapy and may never regain full use of his arms and legs.  Thankfully, he suffered no damage to his brain, and he remains the Ralph that we all know and love.
Being so far away from family and home during this time is hard on them and it may be weeks, or even months, before he can be moved.  Lynn is hoping to stay in Honolulu to be with Ralph and keep his spirits up, but that will be an expense that is not covered by insurance.
Lynn has been staying at a reasonably priced hotel nearby and walking to and from the hospital, but it's not safe to walk at night and even using Uber, the expenses are adding up quickly.
If you can donate, whatever amount you can will help defray the expenses for Lynn to stay with Ralph, and then whatever medical expenses for Ralph  that are not covered by insurance (transportation back to the mainland  for rehab and then back to their beloved home in Florida, home modifications required for wheelchair access,  and things we haven't even considered yet).
It will be a long road ahead and we appreciate any and all help that you can give, including prayers.

For more information, please contact either Lynn's sister Noranne at noranneo@yahoo.com or Ralph's sister Carol Lanigan LaMarr at carol.lamarr@hotmail.com.
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Just a quick update. It's been a busy week. Ralph will be flying to Boston tomorrow (Sunday, 9/16), arriving on Monday morning to spaulding rehab. Will post more details later, and appreciate all the cards, prayers, donations, and support. Long road ahead, but we feel good about his progress. Until Ralph is more settled at spaulding, we ask for no visitors please. This trip will be exhausting and it will take awhile for him to get settled and started on his rehab. Thanks again!!
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In anticipation of the transport to Spaulding Rehab in Boston (hopefully in the next 2 weeks), the doctors in Honolulu have been having Ralph sitting up for a few hours a day, to gain some strength. He will have to fly first class with 2 nurses and the ventilator and oxygen. They may break the trip up into 2 days based on his tolerance: 6 hours to California, and then the 6 hour flight to Boston.

They have started to downsize the tube in the tracheostomy. There is even a possibility that when they get down to a 6 (cm?), he may finally be able to speak again, and possibly even eat pureed vegetables! If you know how much Ralph loves to eat, you can imagine how excited he is to have real food after a month of liquid nourishment through the feeding tube. They will leave the tracheostomy in place until he reaches Spaulding Rehab.

The Speech therapist gave him ice chips yesterday and counted how many swallows based on the size of the chip. He did well for the 1st time. She is coming back tomorrow. He hit the goal set by his doctor for the strength of his breathing, big exhale to big inhale!

We are encouraged by the small movement he's been able to make in his arms and legs. He continues to be alert and an active participant in his physical therapy. Although he's not in NY for the U.S. Open as he'd planned many months ago, he has been watching it on TV.

Lynn reads the cards and prayer cards to him, and they both enjoy and appreciate them so much.

Thank you all, once again, for your cards and prayers, donations and support!
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Some good news and positive progress. Ralph has been moved to Room 970, Diamond Head Unit at Queens Medical Center in Honolulu. He has been able to move his toes a little, and he is almost completely off the ventilator (again). Next step should be transport to Boston for rehab. Please keep that positive energy going!! Thank you!
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Ralph is responding to the antibiotics for the pneumonia/bronchitis, being weaned off the ventilator, and being moved back out of ICU. Hopefully, he'll be strong enough to be transported and can start the journey to a rehab hospital in Boston. We are hoping it's Spaulding Rehab. Please keep those prayers coming. Thank you!
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