Yurik, a loving husband and father of two girls, is now paralyzed and in the intensive care unit at The Queen’s Medical Center. Doctors say he had a significant spinal injury when he fractured his cervical 6 and cervical 7 vertebrae. Yurik had surgery on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, which realigned his spine and stabilized the fractures. However, Yurik has paralysis from about the nipple line down. He is awake and a ventilator is helping him breath. Doctors say he may be at Queen’s Medical Center for a month or longer. It is unknown when Yurik and his family can return home to the Big Island.
Yurik has spent most of his life helping others, whether it was serving as a coach for the Kai Opua Canoe Club or helping with one of sports teams or surfing competitions his daughters -- Kona and Mehana -- were participating in. He grew up in Kona, went to Konawaena High School, and served in the Air National Guard.
Becoming a firefighter was a dream he made true in 2008. As a part of this job, Yurik was constantly confronting dangers and helping others, yet always reluctant to accept credit for himself. Yurik was among the Big Island rescue workers honored this September for their meritorious service above and beyond the call of duty during the 18th annual Daniel R. Sayre Memorial Foundation Awards Ceremony.
With your contribution, you will help his family through this financial hardship.
Colorado will be home to the Resetnikov 'ohana during this time, so please continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers. If any of you amazing supporters live in or around the area, please do not hesitate to visit this beautiful family. See first hand how special this man and his family are. You will instantly feel the love and aloha that this awesome family exudes, and you will learn quickly why they mean so much to us.
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Yay!!! We made it!!! Making it to the flight was really stressful!! There was some miscommunication between the flight nurses and United. So we were stuck at TSA until 10 min. After our departure time... Luckily they held the plane for us! It looked a little painful for Yurik to get him to the seat, but once he was in his seat he looked pretty comfortable the rest of the flight. Craig is awesome!!! He is in room 420. Lol! He has a huge window with a view of the sky and mountains. He only saw the sky once in 3 weeks at queens so he's stoked! Everyone is so nice. The next few days they will be taking more X-rays, MRI's etc. so I'm anxious to see how things are looking now! Steph picked us up from the airport and we are at Jess's house taking a quick nap now. Good news was that our apartment in family housing is open starting tomorrow! It will be nice to settle in. We miss everyone already!!! But we will be back soon!!
Here's a quick little update from Lindsay. Yurik is going to be heading to Craig Hospital in Colorado. Please continue to pray for Yurik and the Resetnikov ohana. They have a long hard road in front of them. They're going to need our love more than ever. Aloha
Tomorrow is the big day!!! We are really excited to get to Denver, but really sad to leave! It will be a very bittersweet day! I will be sure to keep everyone posted while we r gone! Again thank you to everyone!! I can't tell everyone enough how much our Hawaii community has touched our hearts! Thank you!!!! So nurses asked if visitors can come after 12 noon tomorrow so they can get in his last PT and take care of a few things in the morning... Then they asked if everyone can clear out around 4ish so Yurik can rest a little before the big flight :) but if u want to pop in before 12 or after 4 I know Yurik will want to say bye, but maybe if u can just make it quick.
We hope that this update from his wife Lindsay finds you all well, and reinforces the hope that we all share for constant improvement by our brother Yurik.
Ok... Quick update... Yurik is doing great! Passed the swallow test and was able to eat some beef stew! But big news is our flight is booked for Denver! Looks like Tuesday night! It's so fast my brain is in a million places right now!! I packed for a weekend and now I won't be home for months! Crazy!! But we r excited to get this going. It was a little reassuring to see Yurik's leg move a little the past two days... Everyone is telling me it's just spasms and until he can do it when he's really trying I shouldn't get excited, but I feel like it's more than just a spasm. I guess time will tell!!! Thank you everyone!!!
Ok, so some really good news... Yurik is breathing great on his own... No more vent!!! Everything is stable! They just came in to tell us that he is ready to move out of ICU and we r moving to the 5th floor!!! They r already packing him up! All the nurses are sad. They all came to say goodbye and thank you for being such a good patient! And thank you to everyone who has been supporting us. I just can't say it enough. Yurik keeps saying how much he feels loved. I know a big part of his recovery is because of that!! Also because his recovery is the only thing we have had to think about... U all have helped with everything else!! It's so great, I can't tell u how much I appreciate that! Love u all! So proud and thankful to be part of such an amazing community!! I'll keep everyone updated on Denver.
Sending all our good vibes to Yurik and his family from North Carolina. ❤️
I find this to be incredibly disconcerting. There isn't anyone who doesn't sympathize with the Resetnikov family, but the "gofundme" epidemic is out of control. How is it that firefighters are paid so generously and have the best healthcare available, but yet people are so eager to line their pockets even more? Yuri was out body boarding and got hurt, which is terrible. However, there are countless injuries that happen every single day, but those individuals don't implore total strangers to pay for their expenses- that's what health insurance is for (ands yes, everybody has it. Thanks Obama!) Society has a skewed understanding of what a "hero" is, and now we see someone cashing in on that first-hand. Public servants (i.e. firefighters, police, EMTs, etc.) ARE NOT heros. They are (generously) paid to service the community. I'm grateful that they are willing to do the job that they signed up for, and I'm sick of that being exploited (in this case to the tune of $77 thousand and rising). Think of how many individuals and families are out in our community that truly need $50, or even just $25, so that they can adequately feed their family tonight, or keep their electricity on, or put gas in their vehicle otherwise they can't take their kids to school. There are elders in our community that don't have a steady income and can barely feed themselves. I don't see anyone making goodwill deposits into their lives. I challenge this community to stop jumping on the bandwagon, and start making an actual difference in the lives of people who truly need a helping hand. If you want so badly to give away your hard earned money then give it to a local charity or the single parent in the grocery store who could really use it. I am sorry for this individual, and his family's situation, but I am confident that his insurance, pension, sick-leave and paid time off, is taking great care of all of them.
Sending prayers to you all. Thanks for the updates!
Hang in there brother! We're praying for you!
Our thoughts are with you everyday Yurik...keep fighting to get stronger! Love & Aloha to you, Lindsay, Kona & Mehana ❤️ From the Maki Ohana
Strength to you from San Jose Firefighters.
Love and prayers to Yurik, Lindsay, Kona, & Mehana. From the Hala Latus! ♥
Mahalo piha to all of you. Your generosity will never be forgotten. Aloha