Louis Torres' Medical Fund
Louis was on his way home from working as a security guard at Rookies when he was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of East 5th Street and Military East. The driver sped through a red light and did not stop. Louis was taken by paramedics to John Muir Medical Center, the best trauma center in the region.
Initially his injuries did not look so bad. He had a trauma to his head and some abrasions to his knees and forearms. He was speaking, responding to questions, and did not even require oxygen, but they monitored him closely all night. The next morning, with his brain swelling from the head trauma, Louis suffered a seizure. He was immediately put on life support, and the doctors prepared us for the worst. But we all know Louis is a fighter. He has kept fighting these last few days and nights, and we have continued to pray for the pressure inside his brain to decrease and stabilize.
We have been heartened by the love and support for Louis. The ICU has been flooded with family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers, praying and sharing stories about Louis. Friends have driven from Chico, flown in from Texas and Tennessee. We held a vigil in the chapel at the hospital, where we listened to a recording of Louis sing the John Legend song, "All of Me" and the theme song from "Rocky," his power anthem.
We are holding on to the faith that Louis will wake up, walk, talk, write, sing, direct, act, and share his stories again. We have created this page, because many people are asking how they can help support. We are raising money to help the family with medical costs and the rehabilitation we envision he will need.
At the vigil, Forrest read Louis' poem "Never Give Up on Your Dreams" that he won an award for last semester. We know Louis wanted to inspire the world with his words, so we wish to share it with you here:
I’ve made a lot of jokes in my life but now it’s time to get serious.
Everybody in here has had a dream of some sort at some place in time.
Something they aspired to be.
Maybe they got caught up in the world and decided to part from it.
Maybe they were influenced by others and parted from it.
Maybe they gave up.
Maybe they didn’t believe.
Something else other than themselves was stopping them.
Some of us get driven off the path, some of us head down multiple wrong roads.
And at the end of those roads, when they are circled by darkness, they beg on their knees for a way out.
I was one.
All I know is, it’s never too late to start again.
It’s called waking up.
The day we wake up is the day we are truly born.
Now this may take time, but when it happens it will be glorious.
There are those of us that are already awake
There are those of us who are still sleeping.
Get excited every time you accomplish a goal,
If you can see it you can grasp it.
If it is visible, it is possible.
Never mind the naysayers, Never mind the polluted minds of those who are still asleep.
Strive for excellence, be the best YOU can be.
And if you have a dream, don’t let anybody tell you different.
You are that dream, you are that fantasy.
You are that person. I want every one of y’all to look in the mirror when you get home and ask yourself, Am I who appear to be?
If not then push forward to who you want to be.
Nothing is easy, especially now.
But there is no mountain you can’t climb.
There is no ocean you can’t swim across.
There is no reason to say the words I can’t.
There is a code I like to live by that I made up of the three D’s
Dedication, Discipline, and Deserving
Be dedicated to what you want.
Be disciplined and spend the man hours to accomplish what it is that you want.
And most importantly, know that you are deserving of anything your heart desires and nobody can take that from you.
If time has taught us anything
It is that nothing is impossible.
I want to write, maybe you want to act.
Some of us wanted to be dancers,
I want to write screenplays. I’ve always wanted to write screenplays.
Telling stories is my passion.
The art of creating is a profession which has chosen me.
And a few years back, I fell off my dream, and best believe it was a mission to get where I am today.
But I am here, and I am awake.
There are those who doubt my abilities,
There are the realists in the world that can never comprehend the lifestyle of those who dream.
But it is the dreamers who are remembered.
The dreamers who live on past the soil.
Anything you want can and will be yours if you work hard enough.
It’s called sacrifice.
Whether you’re the best at it, or you decide to teach it along the way.
As long as you are who you say you are and you love it.
That is all that matters.
Some of us dream to the stars until the end of time.
Some of us procrastinate till the point of no return.
And I am not saying what you want is easy.
Nothing in life you really want ever is.
I am simply telling you to surround yourself in it,
But no matter what, when, why and where, it is never too late.
Whatever you want in life you can achieve.
It doe not matter the magnitude of your goal’s integrity, but the souls which those professions belong to.
When you wake up in the morning, are you heading toward the person you want to be?
Are you thriving, are you pushing to get what you want?
When trouble strikes you, are you scared?
It’s all right to be scared. We all get scared.
Life is scary.
But we only get one chance, one shot at this scary life.
One opportunity and that opportunity is always calling.
Will you answer the call?
Whatever you want in this life can be yours.
A wise man once said, “You have to already know you have it. Now it’s just claiming it.”
That was Denzel Washington.
I know what humans are capable of.
I see it every day. I watch the news. I watch sports, movies, listen to music. Read magazines.
I am most certainly aware of what humans are capable of.
So why not you?
Why can’t you do the impossible?
What is stopping you?
Nothing…. only you.
You see, some of us dreamt of being football players,
Maybe you want to dance
Maybe you want to help the sick
Maybe you want to make a difference and aren’t sure how to get there.
So let me tell you something before I let you go.
You will never know unless you try, and try hard.
Your future awaits you and it looks spectacular.
This summer will be about life, love, and celebration. Last year around this time, I was living in the ICU while my brother was in a coma. This year, I will be walking the stage and graduating with a double Masters.
Thank you to the Benicia community for being so supportive and a special shout out to all the dads out there. Happy Father's Day!
Happy Spring 2016! Louis is officially the $1 million dollar Miracle Man. That's how much it cost to save him but thanks to your donations and insurance we are not saddled in debt for a hit and run that nearly killed him.
Unfortunately, the criminal case against Erik Knight is at a standstill but it is our hope Benicia Police Department will find evidence to arrest him. The car was never found complicating the trial as this was key evidence.
Spring is a time of rebirth and is a celebration of love, hope, youth, and growth. Seeing Louis' progress has truly been a blessing and an inspiration to me. It is through his positivity and strength through this process, I have not let anger dominate my emotions.
Enjoy the sun and flowers with your family and friends and most of all, be grateful for life.
First off, I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday season. I know many others who had a difficult 2015 and my thoughts and prayers are with you. Louis' presence was my present this year.
It has been three months since I last posted. Now that my brother is awake, I have given him space to heal and express his feelings when he feels comfortable. Coming from a small town, he wants to recover in peace and not be known as "the guy that got hit by the car". As we all know, he is much more than that.
Today, he had his six month check in with the neurologist. As expected with the severity of his brain injury, memory and vision continue to be an issue. However, we remain optimistic that with time and his dedication to recovery, he will continue to improve.
My brother continues to inspire me. It was a difficult meeting with lots of information but he held his head high and promised to just keep reading and writing and do all he can to recover. Did I mention that he just successfully completed two classes at Solano?
Louis is a warrior that continues to defy the odds. I want to thank you all for your love and support during this process. We could not have done it without you, seriously.
Have a happy and safe NYE and don't forget to hug your loved ones. Also, don't want to get preachy here but buzzed driving is drunk driving. Ya'll be careful out there.
Much love and Happy New Year,
I hope the spectacular fall sunsets have been treating you well. Today, I wanted to share with you a photo of my brother Louis meeting the doctor that saved his life. It was an incredibly emotional experience for everyone returning to the second floor of the Walnut Creek John Muir Medical Center. However, we had made a promise that if Louis woke up we would return so Louis could give thanks personally.
After two weeks of Louis being in the coma with increasingly declining results, the neurosurgeon was considering a craniotomy. This final option risky procedure would have removed the swollen parts of his brain and if he survived, would dramatically change the Louis that we knew. We were all understandably traumatized. Yet, Dr. Spataru's motherly instincts kicked in and we all agreed the fight wasn't over. Days later, Louis opened his eyes for my mom.
I want to thank you for your contributions that have made Louis' recovery process possible. With the help of my MBA background, I am responsibly allocating costs to ensure Louis' quality of healing is never compromised. He will always have TBI, but the next six months to two years are critical. That's a lot of appointments, therapy, and medication. Insurance helps, but by no means covers everything. So again, Louis' progress is because of you.
Thank you all Team Louis, I could not have done this without you.
My prayers are with you and your family. Miracles do happen. Our family was in your shoes 4 1/2 months ago when my 19 year old daughter was hit by a car and had a traumatic brain injury. She is now driving and has almost completely recovered. I pray Louis sees the same outcome. He sounds like an amazing young man.
Lilliana..I'm so glad that my words helped you and your family get through a very difficult time. I remember the minute by minute...It's nice to see you are past that now. The video made me smile..and tear up. I also got a chuckle at the end when you cut the video..because I remember Antonia and her language that resulted from the brain injury :) Louis seems to be doing amazing and he's at a GREAT facility. The progress he will make there will surprise you. Antonia amazed me every day when she was there. The staff is top notch :) Thank you for your posts..they warm my heart.
I can't tell you how happy I am to hear that Louis has woken up and is responding to commands. I remember how that feels. You have received a miracle that you will never forget. This journey you and your family are on reminds me of my own with my daughter. She had an appointment at Vallejo Kaiser Rehab this morning and we actually mentioned Louis and his journey to her doctor. We talked about how this journey of yours is close to our hearts. One day Louis will be able to walk in and see the huge smiles of his therapists just as my girl did today. She has amazed them all :) As you will see, this roller coaster ride is not always easy but I reflect every day at all the amazing things that have transpired on this journey. Please know that Louis is in our thoughts everyday. Thank you for the updates. I now know what an amazing thing it is to follow someone elses miracle. My family and friends always comment on how my fb posts were the first thing they looked for every morning. I tried to keep them updated daily since my daughter amazed me on a daily basis. Somedays its just the tiniest thing that brings you a smile and a ray of hope. God Bless
Hello Debbie, Thank you again for contacting me. Your previous message inspired my family and I when we were at John Muir living minute by minute, hour by hour. I love GoFundMe but just figured out how to comment back! I am so happy to hear how well your daughter is doing, especially since it was 4 1/2 months ago! This is so inspiring since my brother is at the very beginning of his journey. I hope that once Louis is in a better place my brother and your daughter can meet. Thank you for following our story, it's been incredible to see how many people have come together to support my brother. Once Louis is ready, he will be going to Vallejo rehab too. I hope we can stay in touch. Kindest Regards, Lillianna