On Sunday, June 4th, James McEachran was involved in a serious motorcycle accident. Although no one was there to witness the event, a reconstructionist officer was able to determine that James had lost control of his bike near American Blvd and Xerxes Ave at around 6 a.m. that morning. A passerby found James and called 911, and James was quickly transported to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Mn.
The first responders were initially unaware of the extent of James' injuries, stating in a phone call to family members that he just had a couple of lacerations on his face.
When family members arrived at the hospital, they quickly discovered that James' injuries were a lot more extensive than first indicated.
James was on a breathing tube, had 25 stitches in multiple places on his face and head, severe swelling and bruising from the impact of his crash, and was sedated while the ICU team worked to maintain stability. CT Scans and X-Rays revealed that James had a broken clavical, a fracture in his right shoulder, two surface-level brain bleeds in his frontal lobe, and every bone in his face was broken except for his lower jaw.
James has a long road for recovery ahead of him. In addition to healing from the broken bones and facial reconstruction surgery, James will also face the slow and sometimes unpredictable road of recovering from a traumatic brain injury. The neurologists report that they expect James to fully recover, but that it may take up to a year before he is back to his normal level of functioning. Coupled with the physical recovery for James will be the emotional and mental recovery from a traumatic and life-changing experience.
James has many financial needs, as his injuries involve a long recovery and prevent his ability to work while he heals. Like many young adults, James did not have a healthcare plan at the time of his motorcycle accident. His family is working to find alternative forms of assistance for James, as his current and future medical bills will be high. In addition to medical bills, James has regular monthly bills that he will be unable to pay while he is unable to work.
We have created a crowdfunding site in order to ask for help in supporting James in his recovery process. Your thoughts, prayers, and words of encouragement are very appreciated as well. We read to James the notes and messages that family, friends, and other supporters send every day. We believe in the power of community to support and uplift each other when we are facing life's challenges. James loves to ride, and at this time, he needs us to ride for him. Please consider joining us in our support of James. #iride4james https://www.youcaring.com/jamesmceachran-849220