Tyler needs a wheelchair van
This Father's Day, Tyler was involved in a traumatic car accident. He and his older sister were passengers in a car that was rear-ended by a distracted driver. Tyler suffered massive head trauma, and has been hospitalized in Boston ever since. He is not able to walk, talk, or eat on his own. When Tyler is at his best, he squeezes his Mumma's hand when asked to do so.
Tyler is scheduled to be discharged from the hospital just days after Christmas. His mom, Melissa Jean and older sister Mariah, with whom he has always lived, and his younger sister Brynn and step-father Rory are excited to bring him home. They imagine him with his dog, Guinness, gathered around the family dining room, suffering listening to his parents' musical selections (rolling his eyes), and rejoining his family's everyday life.
Children recover from traumatic brain injury for several years before plateauing. Research suggests they need familiar stimuli, regular stimulation, and sensory exposure to maximize their recovery. Tyler's family can't wait to start that process.
Part of Tyler's recovery involves getting him up and going as much as possible - just as Tyler would have done before the crash. Pratically speaking, this means that Tyler's family needs a wheelchair van. A van is not covered by insurance, and it will cost upwards of $20000.
Tyler's family would be eternally grateful for any donation made to help afford to purchase a van. Any funds donated will be put towards the van. Tyler will benefit from having a van of course, but his family knows the spirit-lifting power of generosity, and is touched and strengthened by those kind souls who donate or spread Tyler's story. Thank you.
The time at home has been some of Tyler's most attentive and alert since the crash. He has been awake more often and for longer periods of time. He smiles several times a week. Sometimes, he has looked in the direction of somebody talking to him from across the room. On occasion, he's squeezed his mom's hand when asked to do so. Tyler's rehabilitation is focused on exactly these kinds of things with the ultimate goal that Tyler will be able to communicate with us.
Like everyone else, as the spring comes, we have our eyes on the outdoors. We want to get Tyler out into the community -- e.g., parks, beaches, and to see family and friends. Currently, we do not have the ability to transport Tyler to do any of this. Even getting to doctor's appointments --both scheduled and emergency--requires herculean effort. Only an ambulance provider transports patients as medically complex as Tyler.
Tyler needs his own van. One that fits Tyler; his sisters Mariah & Brynn; his mom, Melissa; and his step-father Rory will let them take the next step towards being the family they were before Tyler's injury. Anything you can do to help make this a reality is deeply appreciated.
For some encouragement please check out our page in Facebook 'Ryan Meek and Family'. Ryan had a jetski accident in January 2014...broke all the bones in his legs, broken jaw, and severe TBI. His recovery is remarkable...don't give up! There is hope! #Godsgotthis!!
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