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My Story

This is the story of Brian's car accident on 10.9.12. Thank you for praying for him and the family, and please don't stop!

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Brian crashed on his way to school around 9:45 AM on Tuesday morning, October 9, and was found barely alive and seriously injured an hour and 45 minutes later. He was less than 2 miles from his house on a dirt road in Hastings, where he had lost control on the gravel and collided with a large tree, impacting directly on the driver's side door. He was wearing his seat belt and was not texting or talking on his phone.

Rescue personnel arrived at 11:30 and performed a very difficult and lengthy extraction, and they had to cut the roof completely off the Nissan Sentra to get him out. He was airlifted from our church parking lot (St Elizabeth Ann Seton) to Regions Hospital in St Paul. His mother Tina was the first to get the news when three police cruisers showed up at our home around 12:30 PM and told her every parent's worst nightmare: "Brian has been in a serious car accident. He hit a tree and is being airlifted to Regions Hospital in St Paul right now. That's all we know. You need to come to the hospital."  A Hastings officer drover her to the hospital and on the way she called her husband, Dennis, and their oldest son, Phil, who were at a business meeting together in Minneapolis.  

We arrived as Brian was receiving initial CT scans. Within 2 hours he was moved to the Gillette Children's PICU (pediatric intensive care unit).

His injuries:

Multiple fractures in the face and skull
Severe brain trauma (GCS 5)
Deep lacerations and contusions on left arm
Bruised/bleeding lower left lung
Minor damage to his spleen

Brian has no other broken bones. A piece of glass punctured the left side of his neck and cut his carotid sheath but not his artery. His vital signs were very low. The paramedics and rescue team must have had a pit in their stomach when they first saw Brian and must be very proud that they got him out alive.

Brian is in a coma attached to a respirator. We are watching for brain swelling, and we are praying and hopeful. He is young, bright and full of life - God's plan for him hasn't been fulfilled yet!

Please follow the journal entries for further updates, and sign our guestbook to show your support. Thank you!


Tina Gapp posted a new journal entry, "May 2013 -signs of spring!".

School is almost finished and we are proud of Brian's progress there and at taking his days "one at a time".  He is really taking life in stride, knowing ... Read more

Tom Dunn signed Brian's Guestbook.

Hello Brian. My name is Tom Dunn and your family and friends spontaneously stopped by my photography studio during the Fall Saint Paul Art Crawl. Your brother and Dad ... Read more

Kristin Pordash signed Brian's Guestbook.

Thanks for the update!  What a huge battle Brian is winning!  I love hearing how he faces each challenge, and supported by his family, just moves forward!  What an ... Read more

jill westerholm signed Brian's Guestbook.

Lovely update!  I will say a special Novena to Mary for his vision for next 9 days. Prayers & blessings to you all. God is good I'm so darn happy he's doing well.  ... Read more

Heidi Pahl signed Brian's Guestbook.

Tina- Thanks for the update.  Let us know if it would be helpful to use Courtney's FM transmitter we have at home until his is repaired.  It is the same as the one he ... Read more

Anne Kieffer signed Brian's Guestbook.

Tina Thanks for the update. Brian keep fighting your fight, YOU will win...you ae a strong young man with a lot of people cheering you on. God Bless each of you...*hugs* Read more

Tina Gapp posted a new journal entry, "So, can I drive now?".

Yep.  Any soon to be 17-year old is likely to ask this question, after they have been grounded.  "Can I take the car...."?  Boy was I surprised when Brian ... Read more

Jeanine Vandendriessche signed Brian's Guestbook.

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Angie Gapp signed Brian's Guestbook.

Hi Brian, Dennis, Tina & family.  Thanks for the continued updates.  Our nephew Fr. Matt found a prayer card for Blessed Jakob Gapp in a Cathedral in Innsbruck ... Read more

Anne Kieffer signed Brian's Guestbook.

Brian is a walking mircle. I was able to hug him in person again when he was at our house with Eric playing darts. :) God Bless each of you. And thanks for the updates. Read more

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