Andrew Gallup, was in a devastating motor vehicle accident on April 18, 2015. As he was riding his scooter home, a car coming from the opposite direction turned into Andrew's path. Andrew was severely injured in the accident and suffered a Severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). After more than three months in Trauma Centers and Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital, he was air ambulanced back to his parent’s home in Olney, MD. Andrew is now technically out of the initial coma but is in a minimal state of consciousness. In 2016 he spent three months at the Moss Rehab center in Philadelphia. He has progressed slowly, fought through numerous hospitalizations and surgeries and is trying to regain the ability to do the most elementary tasks such as speaking, eating and standing and walking. We are proud of his will and effort. However, Andrew is severely restricted and cannot take care of himself. He requires a great deal of care 24 hours a day. We believe he has the ability to recover, but we know it will take a long time. We have set up a HelpHopeLive site to help with Andrew's therapy, equipment, in-home care and other not-covered healthcare costs which are very high. If you are interested, here is a link: http:helphopelive.org/campaign/9860. HelpHopeLive contributions are tax deductible and go directly to Andrew, whereas caringbridge contributions go to caringbridge only (not to Andrew). You may also send contributions directly to "The Andrew Gallup Special Needs Trust" at 18500 Fiddleleaf Terrace; Olney, MD 20832.
If you would like to help by staying with Andrew while his parents run errands, attend meetings, etc. please contact us by leaving a message in the comments section with your phone number. These visits are usually no more than two hours and a brief training is provided.