Help Darrell Recover
On Saturday April 27 at about 3 in the afternoon Darrell was walking home with some groceries in Vernon, BC. Then something happened to him that resulted in a smashed in skull, seizures, bleeding and now a major brain injury. Some speculate he was attacked, others a fall. A good Samaritan found him and called for help. He had been found in very rough shape with his head onto the road. She lifted his head and protected him from the traffic while waiting for the ambulance. We are grateful for this kind stranger who pulled over to help. She and a few others are why he is alive right now. Darrell was taken to the Kelowna General Hospital were he was for a month after major head surgery and rehab. He was able to leave the hospital and was flown home to Ontario for continued care by family and outpatient rehab.
Darrell does not recall what happened, and we may never know why he had such a severe fall resulting in such a tragic brain injury. He continues to have trouble with memory, speech and is still is having trouble with mobility and with standing for lengths of time, bending up and down and suffers from dizziness.
Darrell moved to BC last fall to work as a welder in Kelowna. He is a fun loving guy who loves to go on adventures, hike, fish, sit around the campfire and enjoy time with friends and family. He is a gentle giant who loves to laugh, has a kind heart, and looks after his family. His hope was to be able to stay in BC.
At this time he won't be returning to work anytime soon. He has a rehabilitation to go through and will have to more then likely find a new career. We are asking for financial support to help remove the stress and burden that comes for a family when your loved one cannot work.
The support has already helped in getting him home and cover expenses while in the hospital. He will continue to need help covering his living expenses, travel expenses for appointments and upcoming medical expenses that won't be covered by benefits.
At this time we don't know how long Darrell will be off of work, but we are starting with a few months worth of expenses to be covered. Thank you in advance from his family and friends for your kindness, care, prayer and generosity.
As many of you know he arrived back home in Ontario a week ago. The funds raised helped to fly him home, ship some of his belongings and to help with expenses while he was in the hospital. We are so grateful for the financial support that helped make this happen.
Darrell will see his Drs in Ontario this coming week and will have a better idea of what his rehabilitation will continue to look. Lindas Mom shared,
"All in all he is doing well. He needs to rest frequently through the day, and you can tell when he needs to because he stammers a little more and struggles to find the right words... he walks well around the house, and does ok with a cane for a while. Still gets numbness and tingling on the side of his head and sometimes little stabbing pains... also extreme dizziness when changing positions from standing/sitting/laying down, and if he has to look up. Like the doctor said, he's still Darrell, just with a few marked differences."
We are still continuing to raise funds to help cover the financial needs for travelling to the specialists, any equipment he will need for mobility, and to cover living expenses while he waits for benefit programs to kick in.
Thank you all again for continuing to encourage, pray for and send good thoughts for Darrell.
You are appreciated!
He will continue his recovery as an outpatient at the Lindsay hospital starting this next week. The Drs feel that he will be able to function independently on his own again, but will more then likely not return to welding.
Please continue to send good thoughts and prayers his way as he works hard to continue to get stronger and better.
Linda and friend arrived safely from Ontario and are busy helping get things ready for his return to Ontario. Tho he is out..he has a ways to go. He will pick up where he left of with his rehab with his Dr and team back in Ontario.
Enjoy the picture of Darrell and Mom together at a look out over Kelowna, BC. Photo credit to Tim Fraser.
Thank you for all your support and continued support for Darrell and family.
Darrells Support Team
Darrell only has a few more days left in the hospital, which he is very excited for. He will be happy to no longer have to have hospital food!!
His Mom, Linda, arrives in BC in a few days and will be helping Darrell move back to Ontario. Darrell will still have a long road to recovery with rehab when returning to Ontario to help his brain continue to heal. Balance and dizziness while walking continues to be a challenge as well as some cognitive functions. It is still too early to determine what will be his "new normal". The picture attached was shared by Darrell showing his staples finally being removed today! It shows how severe the trauma was to his head.
I know many of you are looking forward to his return to Ontario but just a friendly reminder....he has a long road ahead and will need lots of encouragement and support to get through some difficult work to get back to strength.
Tho we didn't quite reach our goal for the Go Fund Me, the funds raised will help with the move and resettling Darrell back in Ontario. Thank you again for your support.