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We are David Ritchie's backbone!

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37195076_1550603132905123_r.jpegDavid is my oldest nephew and an amazing young man who is one of the most compassionate people I know.  David  was in the Domincan Repulic with his girlfriend Teegan and 8 other couples for a sun filled week of fun when suddenly his vacation turned into an effort to save his life.  On Friday February 8th, 2019 David dove into the pool and misjudged the depth which caused him to hit the bottom and be rushed to the hospital where he had emergency surgery to remove and replace 2 broken vertebrae.  He spent several days in a coma with Teegan and their friends by his bedside hoping and praying for the best after having this life changing surgery.  When they woke him from his coma he was responsive in that he could blink when asked and move his eyebrows when asked but was very sedated and of course hooked up to a ventilator and other necessary machines.  He spent several more days in the Dominican hospital where his Doctor and the nurses there took amazing care of him and did everything they could to get him ready for a one hour flight to Florida on the night of Wednesday February 13th.   Since arriving in Florida, the team there have done CT scans and MRI's.  Cleaned out and inflated his lung because he had pneumonia when he arrived there, put a filter in to prevent blood clots and currently have him scheduled for a tracheotomy and PEG so they can take him off the ventilator.  This will be a major step in bringing him home because he will be able to breath on his own and hopefully start the long road to recovery very soon.  Overall he is doing just OK.  His mother has been with him since arriving in Florida.  She has said the Doctors and nurses are doing everything they can to take great care of him and to make sure she is aware of everything they are doing along the way.  Thankfully his brain scan was good and he is able to understand everything being said to him and respond by shaking his head yes or no.  He does have some movement in his arms but as I write this, he has no feeling in his lower limbs.  David will need extensive therapy when he comes home and his recovery (hopefully full) will be long and slow but we are all committed to helping him as much as we can.  I am reaching out to you now because David will need financial help for his personal bills and any medical expenses that are not covered by insurance.  He will be off work for a minimum of 6 months to a year and with your help, however big or small, David can focus on his recovery and on himself without worrying about his financial situation.  
Thank you so much for your donations, your support and for your prayers for David. 
 On a personal note, I would like to thank his amazing girlfriend Teegan for all that she has done and is going to do for David.  Also, thank you to his awesome friends that were in the Dominican with him and who supported both David and Teegan #18strong.  A big thank you goes out to the Canadian Paramedic, Canadian Firefighter and the Asian Doctor who were poolside and immediately stepped in to help when David was pulled out of the pool.  Lastly, on behalf of David and his family, I would like to say a great big thank you to all the terrific medical staff in the Dominican Republic and in Florida who have done everything they could to ensure he is getting the best care possible and for keeping him  comfortable while we wait for him to come home.  Come home David, we are waiting!
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Hi Everyone, well David had a great weekend and Saturday was his first time leaving the hospital. His sister got married on Saturday and the Dr's gave him the OK to attend so we hired a nurse to be with him all day and Teegan's parents rented an accessibility minivan to be able to pick him up and drop him off at the hospital. He was determined to be there and to take his sister down the aisle as planned. It was a beautiful day and we are thankful for everyone involved in the planning of the day so that David could be there.
Overall he is doing good. He is still in the step down from the ICU and still has the Trach through his throat. There continues to be issues with his lungs but he is not letting that get in the way. He is trying to eat and drink as normal and was even allowed to enjoy an adult beverage on Saturday. We are so proud of him and the progress he is making so now we wait until he is well enough that he can be moved to Lyndhurst for rehab. Please continue to keep him in your thoughts and prayers!!
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Hello everyone, David's mother has posted a quick update on FB and I wanted to share it with all of you!!

Hi everyone, sorry it's been a while, we do however have some exciting news!!!
David has made it to the step-down program, what does that mean I hear you say???
Well, it means David has officially left the ICU!!!!!! Hooray finally
David is now in Soldiers 1 and finally ready to apply for Lyndhurst Rehabilitation Center, this still may take some time however, they will start to increase his physio here. David has made great progress he is now able to move is right arm up to his face and getting much more movement on his left arm. He is ready to move on and start the next leg of his journey. Thank you all for your constant support and prayers. We are truly grateful ❤️
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Hi Everyone, we just heard from Caroline, David's mom, and she said he had his Trach downsized to the 6" today and he is doing good. They took him off the high flow and have him on oxygen through the nose now. He has had a bad chest infection for a little while now and with my mother and I being sick as well we have not had the chance to see him in a little while but hopefully we will get up there soon. Thank you to Teegan's brother Tristan for setting him up with an Eye Tracker and a laptop with movies on it. He now has some sense of independence with that and doesn't have to have the nurses setting up the movies for him. He also has wifi in his room which allows him to send messages to Teegan and communicate with her while she is at work. He is pushing on and trying to progress a little everyday and the Dr's hope to have him out of the ICU soon. Thank you everyone for the continuous support and love for David and for all of us. Thank you to all of David's nurses, happy Nurses Week to all of you.
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It was definitely a "Good Friday"!! I just wanted to send you a couple of pictures of David's first time outside and his grandmother and I were there for one of his "firsts".
He was very happy to be outside even if it was for only 5 or 6 minutes. Thank you to his awesome nurse Julie for taking every precaution today and giving him the chance to get some fresh air and a little bit of rain on his face. So proud of you David.
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