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Dears Friends and Tattoo Community!
On January 14th of this year, our Friend and Brother,
"Keet D'Arms"was involved In a very bad Car Accident.
Leaving him with some very serious injuries and a totaled vehicle.

The impact of his crash has left him with a "Shattered and Pinned"
lower leg, "Destroyed Knee", fractured sternum, "Busted ribs on both sides, 7 total"
and many other injuries from being banged up that are going to
take some time to heal. It will be 4-6 months until he can even put pressure on his leg.
He will most likely need at least one more surgery too.

Keet is fortunate that he has insurance, BUT while unconscious,
He was taken from the Scene of the accident to a Trauma Unit
that DOES NOT accept his insurance company's policy.
So this means that he will have to pay out of his pocket,
"His Own" hard earned money to cover the surgery from that day,
Even though he is already paying for insurance.

-please see update- we have reached an agreement with the insurance company!! 

Upon hearing all this, some of us... Keet’s friends have decided to put together
a GoFundMe for him. This is to help Prevent him from going BANKRUPT over
a car accident and potentially losing everything.

I realize there are a lot of charity campaigns on social media right now, but
I know that Keet has a lot of friends and people that love and consider him Tattoo family....And vise versa with that. You know who you are!

The goal that we have set to help "Keet" get through all of this is $50,000
This sounds like a lot, but it's not when you take into consideration things like,
He still has to pay for a surgery that should have been covered and isn't, and the
fact that he WILL NOT be earning a weekly salary for the next 6 months minimum!
I don't know many people that could make it through a crisis like this without a
little help.

All of us that know Keet also know that he would be the first person to help a friend if the situation was reversed, and also the last person who would ask for charity for himself.
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We made it home from the hospital yesterday afternoon !
After four long hours, the surgeon came out to tell me it had gone well. There are now plates and screws holding the whole thing together on the inside, and a buttload of staples on the outside. Keet is very sleepy now that he is home in his own bed. He has a post surgery fever, which all the medical people have assured me is normal, and I think healing is hard work for the body. Getting the surgery is a funny thing. His leg had just started to heal with the external fixator. Most of the swelling had gone down and the pain was more manageable. The trauma of the surgery makes him feel like he’s starting the whole process over, it’s frustrating I think. To me, he is over a big hurdle, and heading to the next one- healing and physical therapy.
My thanks, gratitude and love to everyone who has read this, shared, contributed, sent care packages, texted, called, came by, checked on me, checked on Keet, brought food and diet coke, and to the two lovely people who came and held my hand at the hospital during surgery on Friday. Love to you all
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Friends and family,
Today is second surgery day. They gave Keet two options. choice 1- was to have 3 additional sets of pins in the bone, circle cage on the outside with wires for three months and then another surgery. It carries less chance of properly aligning the joint and a longer process, but safe and relatively effective.
Choice 2- two incisions on either side of leg, metal plates and pins on the inside. This has a much better success of aligning the joint as well as increases range of motion, the only drawback is higher rate of infection- especially with diabetes. Keet chose option number 2, so we will see how it goes. I’m adding a picture of his most recent X-ray. This is 3 weeks into healing and you can see where the pins go into the bones. Kinda cool. It is a vast improvement from his first set of X-rays 3 weeks ago where there were literally pieces.
Joint is in better alignment, but not perfect. You can also see the depression and compression of bone.
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hi all. This is an update to let everyone know how Keet is doing and to say thank you. The outpouring of love, sympathy, and support is just incredible. We are so lucky to call you friends.

First- the insurance company has reached an agreement with the the emergency room surgeon! The insurance will cover the surgery even though the doctor was out of network because it was considered a trauma and came in through the trauma unit. The insurance company is insisting we go to different, in-network surgeon now. Which is kinda like getting a tattoo started with one artist and trying to convince a second artist to finish it before it’s even healed. A hard sell.
Secondly- Keet will definitely need a second surgery. It will probably happen within the week. After that we will have a better idea of recovery.
Keet needs full time care right now. I have taken a leave of absence to be here. I think there is a long road of healing ahead of us, but I know we will get through it.
Thank you to everyone for the love and support.
Two weeks with the External Fixator
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