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Road to Recovery for Thomas

$46,629 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 649 people in 15 days
Created September 7, 2018
What happened?

Thomas has been badly injured and is in critical condition. 

He recently arrived in Chicago to attend graduate school at The University of Illinois at Chicago.  He is pursuing his passion for architecture, and has been so excited about this opportunity and his future.  He was described by one of his professors as super special and a huge talent.  We may be biased, but we agree.  Thomas is beloved. 

On September 5, 2018, Thomas left his apartment to go to a dinner meeting with his new colleagues.  He is not conscious, so we are entirely dependent on the police report at this time to know what happened next.  Here’s what we know so far: 

 
Bicyclist, a 25-year-old male was traveling eastbound on 18th St. when a passenger in a parked vehicle opened the door causing the bicycle to fall on the ground and also causing a vehicle traveling eastbound on 18th St. to strike the 25-year-old bicyclist.  The male was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition.  A citation was issued to the passenger that opened the vehicle door. 

 
Thomas remains unconscious in critical condition.  The extent of his injuries are still unknown, but we do know that his brain has been seriously and severely damaged in this accident. 

 
Due to the severity of his brain injury, he underwent brain surgery last night and will likely require several more surgeries on his long road to recovery.  As you can imagine, this accident is absolutely devastating. 

 
Thomas’ mothers have traveled from their home in Charlotte, NC to Chicago to be by his side, and his father has flown in from Boston.  They are committed to remaining right by his side for as long as it takes.  Of course, this is where they belong and they have put everything on hold to do so.  This means they are not currently earning any income.  In addition, Thomas has mounting medical bills that could be financially ruinous and will doubtless be enormous.  This is where you come in. 


What you can do to help?

We need your help to immediately alleviate the financial burden the family is facing.  We are asking for donations to help cover the immediate out-of-pocket expenses that are piling up.  We want Thomas to be surrounded and supported by his family during his recovery.  We want his family to remain by his side without fear of a looming financial crisis.  Let’s help them stay together at the time when they need each other the most.



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Thomas continues to amaze us all. He has regained consciousness and has moments of lucidity and moments of confusion. He is talking and even moving around some, though every bit of his effort exhausts him. We are awaiting one more surgery but hope to have him discharged from the ICU soon and admitted to a rehab center where we can all fully focus on his recovery. Thank you all for the outpouring of support and love you have shown since the accident. It means the world.
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We were hoping to be able to report that Tom was scheduled for his final surgery tomorrow but a small setback means we’re now hoping for Monday. Knowing that everyone is rooting for his recovery means the world to us. We are bolstered by his courage in the face of this interruption of his life and look forward to his continued improvement. We are so grateful for all the love and support.
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Thomas continues to heal, and is now off the ventilator and breathing on his own. This is such a huge step forward and of course, a tremendous relief to his family.

We are still unsure of the extent of his injuries, but continue to be hopeful that he will be able to return to the life he worked so hard to build for himself.

Thank you seems inadequate in light of the overwhelming generosity and love you all have shown Thomas and his family in the last ten days. We are immensely grateful.
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Thomas continues to climb mountains. We all know that’s what he does so well.

He has suffered a severe brain injury and, until yesterday, was described as non-responsive. The medical team, who have been amazing and completely dedicated to providing excellent care, have begun to prepare the family for the long road ahead. The doctors advised that Thomas could remain asleep for weeks or months or more. The extent of his injuries is still unknown.

BUT yesterday Thomas was able to respond to some simple commands and opened his eyes ever so briefly. This is HUGE and fills us all with hope. We know Thomas is in there and we are committed to helping him climb out of this coma and back into his life, where you all have shown us just how much he is loved and missed.

Thomas’ family is overwhelmed by the support shown so far and is grateful for the relief this campaign offers them as they remain by his bedside.

Thank you all for your generosity, well wishes, and love.
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Raised by 649 people in 15 days
Created September 7, 2018
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