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Team Hatch

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Raised by 352 people in 9 months
Created June 26, 2018
Philip Hatcher suffered a devastating bike accident while mountain biking with his wife, Kelly and friend, Chris, on Saturday, June 23rd. Kelly kept him alive and gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation while Chris biked the trail to get help. After two hours alone in the woods help finally came. It took four hours to get Phil to a clear part of the trail by stretcher, thanks to many volunteers and rescue workers. He was then carried by ATVs and a helicopter to Mission Hospital in Asheville. Sunday, June 24th he had surgery on his upper spine, C3-5 (found at the lower neck). Just one level below C2 which is responsible for breathing so we are thanking God this is the level that was affected. They fused the spine together and Philip is recovering in the ICU with a breathing tube this week. The surgeon used the term quadriplegic many times and associated it to a “Christopher Reeves” type injury. Since coming out of surgery Phillip can feel to his nipple line and has some tingling sensation in his arms and legs. Today, Tuesday, June 26 he had a flicker of muscle movement in his legs. The trauma surgeons said he has an INCOMPLETE spinal injury. Which means he CAN RECOVER SOME FUNCTION! Each person is different, but we all know Phil and that if he has the opportunity to improve he is mentally and physically strong enough to push the limits of what is possible. He will be in the ICU for about a week. They are planning to put a tracheostomy in (a hole in his neck for him to breathe out of) and a feeding tube in his stomach. Though these may feel like setbacks they are an intermediate measure to make sure he can breathe and eat and will help in the long run! After that he will go to a regular floor in the hospital and then we are hopeful he will head to Shepherd rehabilitation in Atlanta that specializes in brain and spine injuries. We have a long and hard journey ahead of us and your support and friendship in this time is invaluable to us. We are asking everyone prays for a full recovery because we know anything you ask God, in faith, He will provide. Any financial donations are welcomed as kelly and Phil move through this trialing time. They won’t have income from Phil’s sign business, the hospital bills will add up, and whatever special equipment Phil needs will certainly be costly. So we so much appreciate any and all assistance financially, and really request that you pray fervently for a full recovery.


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Checks may be mailed to:
Kelly Hatcher
502 Jarrett Bay Drive
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
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ATTENTION - ALL FRIENDS OF "TEAMHATCH" PLEASE READ: (AND SHARE WITH ANYONE WHO MAY WANT TO HELP OUT) With the help of the NHRMC Wrightsville Beach Marathon we are organizing a fundraiser for Phillip and Kelly. The marathon organizers will make a donation to Team Hatch for every person who volunteers on their team. This is a GREAT way for you to earn some much needed funding for the Hatchers without having to write a check ;) Here is the link to sign up: https://www.wrightsvillebeachmarathon.com/volunteers/ Once on that site, find the Military Cutoff Road Directional Volunteer section. Register yourself there and when you are asked if you are with a group, be sure to answer "team hatcher" (or another name that will let them know where the money should go) The more people that sign up, the larger the donation will be. So, get your friends and family members involved too. Once Team Hatcher fills all of the spots on Military Cutoff Rd (which I'm sure will be a piece of cake) other areas will be opened up to us. I will let you know where to sign up next, once these spots fill. Once you are registered as a volunteer, someone (maybe even me) from the Marathon team will be in touch with more specific details. If you have any questions or need more info before signing up, please feel free to email me at marytoffolon@aol.com. Let's make this a great fundraiser for the Hatchers. PLEASE SHARE ON YOUR FACEBOOK OR FORWARD TO ANYONE THAT YOU THINK WOULD BE WILLING TO HELP.
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Kelly and Phil getting their work out on bright and early! Phil is in beast mode as always!
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A view from inside of the van -Darrell- on the way to the y this morning! This van is so incredible to help with rehab and with getting back to regular life! So nice to not have to waste time on transfers and just get in and go!
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Hatch and hatch have moved to charlotte! Phil is improving sooooo much! Every Friday night phil works on his steps and most recently has walked 200 steps with a walker and 60 without the walker, with support of his friends. He can do 120 lb leg press for 3 reps. He is spending a lot of time at the pool and on the standing frame. Tonight he PRed on the home bike, biking for one hour doing ladders going up to the maximum resistance. (Last time in September he stayed on level one and did 30 minutes). With the support of hatch’s helpers kelly and Phil have an amazing home in charlotte while they are attending outpatient rehab. Phil is able to enjoy his favorite meals. Gigi and jinx (two of the dogs) have joined them in charlotte, and Phil and kelly enjoy taking them on strolls around the neighborhood. The picture below is Phil walking across the threshold of his home. He returned to gingercake for the first time in 6 months on Christmas Eve.
“I am losing my control over him now that he can change channels on the remote and use his feet to open the front door and get away” -Kelly
Thank you so much for your compassion and continued support.
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