Ralph Lanigan's spinal injury

$36,160 of $40,000 goal

Raised by 395 people in 2 months
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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Firstly, we want to thank everyone who donated. It is thanks to YOU that we were able to get Ralph back to Boston and into Spaulding. The transport was not covered by insurance and took a significant chunk of money from the fund. We are very grateful to have had the fund to draw from, and to be back in Boston.

Secondly, the bedsore that was superficial in Honolulu became more severe, so Ralph has been transferred to another hospital in the Spaulding network to focus on healing that. He will still receive the speech, physical and occupational therapies, but the wound healing is the primary focus. Once the wound is better, he will go back to the Charlestown facility and resume the intense therapy schedule.

You can send cards to Lynn's attention at 476 Sudbury Street, Marlborough, MA

Thanks again for all the prayers, donations and support. We couldn't do this without you.
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If you'd like to send a card, the address at Spaulding Rehab Hospital is 300 First Ave., Charlestown, MA. 02129.
Room 624, Ralph Lanigan

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Today's update - Ralph has pretty much recovered from that grueling trip from Honolulu, and is actively rehabbing at Spaulding in Boston. He has had some small movement in his right hand and right foot, in addition to increased movement on the left side, so we continue to be hopeful for mobility. They are still weaning him off the ventilator but he is up to 10 hours per day off. He can speak when he is off the ventilator, and it's nice to hear his voice again. His spirits and attitude continue to be positive, and they are keeping him very busy with speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and more. Although he is not ready for visitors, he loves to receive the cards and comments, and we all appreciate the wonderful donations and support he and Lynn have been given. He even went outside on Saturday in a wheelchair for about 15 minutes! Thanks again.
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Raised by 395 people in 2 months
Created August 15, 2018
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