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Sean's Hit & Run Fund

$88,012 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 927 people in 4 months
Created March 22, 2019
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Merle Huesties Zahniser
My big brother, Sean, was involved in a hit and run accident on Tuesday night while riding his motorcycle on Admiral Way in West Seattle. He was in the center lane and the driver in the right lane flipped a U-Turn, hitting Sean and fleeing the scene. 

He suffered extensive damage to his internal organs, pelvis, body, face, and brain. Initial information from Neurology indicates that he may be in a coma for about a month or longer. When he comes out of a coma, he will have a long road to recovery, needing to rehab both his brain and body. 

If you're lucky enough to know Sean, you know that he's always quick with a snarky comment, a glass of whiskey, and a good laugh. He's infinitely warm and loving, always taking care of the people around him and remembering birthdays so well that it puts everyone else to shame. I could write forever about the kind of soul that Sean is, but my favorite thing about him is how much he adores his daughter, Adeline. Super Dad doesn't even begin to cover it. When Addie was in elementary school, the favorite parts of his day were walking her to school in the mornings and walking her home in the afternoon, talking to her about her day. 

Sean will have a few more surgeries in the short term and we won't know the extent of his brain damage until he wakes up. We are uncertain of the full extent of the expenses associated with his recovery, but these funds will be used towards his hospital costs, rehabilitation costs, any costs associated with outfitting his house with a ramp and other accessibility needs, and caring for Adeline. The funds will be released to his mother and girlfriend as they are at the hospital and with Adeline most frequently.


Bobbi Lowry
Austin, TX

Mark Himple, his best friend and Merle Zahniser, his mother will be beneficiaries of the funds raised from this campaign.
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Sean transferred back to Harborview on Monday for their inpatient Rehabilitation Program. His first full day of rehab was intense!

OT: 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM
SP: 9:45 AM - 10:30 AM
PT: 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
TR: 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
PT: 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
OT: 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

His schedule for the week stayed pretty similar and he does get one day of rest on Sunday. He continues to improve daily and has kept his smile and sense of humor along with it! Thursday he was upgraded to 50% weight bearing on his left side and is now able to stand on his own two feet without holding onto anything! He will continue to add 25% weekly until he reaches 100%. We had his first care team meeting on Thursday and they told us that Sean is doing extremely well and they see him going home a week from this Saturday!! He will continue as an outpatient for months after being discharged to help strengthen his memory and his mobility. So, there is currently no return to work date.

I know that it is very exciting that Sean will be going home in about a week, but he is going to need support from friends and family during this adjustment. The first 2-3 weeks will be for him to just adjust to being at home. Also, I know many people know that Sean has a great appreciation for Whiskey. Unfortunately Sean will NOT be able to drink for at least a year if not longer during this healing process. Showing support with this will be extremely helpful for Sean.

Thank you for the continued love and support during Sean's recovery.
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Hi, Everyone, Sean is continuing to improve daily. His core strength has improved such that he can sit up in bed and be stable. He can board transfer from bed to wheelchair and back. He can now pole transfer as well. Today, Physical Therapy worked with him to transfer from wheelchair to Mel's car and back. Sean did great! This means we no longer have to pay for a cabulance to take him to his doctor appointments at Harborview! His cognition has improved tremendously! Thanks so much for your continued love and support for Sean.
Merle Zahniser, Sean's Mom
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Happy Friday, Everyone!
Sean is being transferred to a Rehab Facility today to work on strengthening and endurance as part of the next phase of his recovery. This is a huge step! He is continuing to improve daily. He is able to eat most anything now and drink thin liquids such as water and is able to sit on the side of his bed unassisted for a short period. His cognition is improving as well. He is recognizing more people now and remembering their names. He still has a few more weeks before he is able to weight bear on his left leg due to his hip and pelvis reconstruction. His reading is improving as well.
I want to thank each one of you for your continued love and support for my son.
Merle Zahniser,
Sean's Mom
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Hi, Everyone,

Sean is making slow, steady progress. On April 12, the doctors pulled Sean's NG tube (feeding tube) out, which is a huge step in his recovery progress. This also means he no longer has to have his hands restrained because Sean no longer has any tubes attached for him to pull out.

Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy are working with Sean approximately three days a week.

The hope is that Sean will be released to a Skilled Nursing/Rehab Facility so they can work with him daily to regain enough strength to go back to Harborview Hospital for a more intense in-house rehab. Time frame for this is unknown.

Sean may look well physically, but looks are deceiving. Aside from the physical healing that is needed, his brain also needs healing.

Thank you all so very much for your continued love and support of my son.

Sean's Mom,
Merle Zahniser
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Raised by 927 people in 4 months
Created March 22, 2019
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on behalf of Merle Huesties Zahniser
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