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6/24/2017 Latest post:
My dear friends and family,
It is because of the overwhelming support that I created this caring page to keep all loved ones informed of recent news regarding dad's accident. My mom and I have been truly humbled by the prayers and encouragement as we adjust to our 'new normal.'
On Sunday, June 18, my dad was mountain biking at Peek n' Peak Ski Resort near Erie, PA and lost control. He broke his spine between C6 and C7, was airlifted to the UPMC Hamot ICU and went into immediate surgery. He went into surgery again Tuesday early afternoon to stabilize his spine. Both surgeries went very well with the exception of severe headaches due to redeveloping spinal fluid. However, the greatest obstacle we have been dealing with this week is the fact that dad has to be ventilated until they are confident he can breathe on his own. The location of the break affects his chest muscles and diaphragm, but the doctors are confident this will return as he regains his strength or may have to do some respiratory rehabilitation.
Now, as I have tried my best to provide the fancy medical explanation that coincides with dad's accident, this technically means that he will never walk again and has a chance of regaining use of his hands and wrists. However, anyone who is familiar with Brad knows he is not only remarkably strong physically and mentally, but faithfully as well. He is the most positive, motivated and patient person I know. If there is anyone that can overcome an obstacle like this, its dad. The hospital staff has been astounded by the number of visitors already and can see how loved he is. Words cannot describe the love and support mom and I are feeling from the prayers. It brings us joy and hope everyday knowing people are praying for a prosperous journey.
There are tough realities to face that come with this unfortunate event, but the Bridghams are a team! As of now, we ask for prayers of peace, patience and a triumphant rehabilitation for dad. Every day feels like a great day for a miracle!
I will do my very best to post daily updates to keep the prayers as productive as possible and keep our incredible supporters up-to-date on dad's progress. Thank you endlessly for the support and prayers. God is so good to us!