As you may have heard, my dad was in a bad car accident a couple months ago. On July 13th he was finishing the mile and a half trip from his hobby farm, driving through the subdivision on his way back from a long hot day. As he was making his way from the upper part of the neighborhood to the Wildcat River valley below, down to his culdesac, he drove off the road into a steep wooded ravine and crashed into a tree on the edge of a creek bank. There was no evidence of braking, and none of the airbags of his 2018 Suburban deployed.
His orbital, left femur, sternum, and all of his ribs were fractured, and he suffered a degloved left lower leg. He was trapped in the vehicle with his seat belt on for at least 30 minutes before he was found. Both driver side doors and pillar had to be cut out to reach him, and he coded at one point before he was taken into the ambulance. He was revived but coded again in the ambulance and yet again in the ER of the hospital in Lafayette. Later that evening he was flown by helicopter to Indianapolis, where he has remained since.
He underwent successful surgery on his femur, was given a tracheotomy, and altogether spent a couple of weeks in the trauma ICU before being moved to the acute care center where he remains now. Considering the level and types of trauma he sustained, it is easy to deem his survival as miraculous. But although much of his body has made great strides since the injuries, he continues to face trouble with breathing on his own.
Before the accident he had battled chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure, as well as tachycardia (racing heartbeat) and atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat). And it was recently discovered while in care that half of his diaphragm is paralyzed. He has been on a breathing machine (ventilator) since the accident, and unfortunately he hasn’t been able to breathe independently for more than a few hours at a time. His memory of the events has been spotty, but he is continuing to become more aware of his situation and asks lots of questions about the event.
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