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May 4, 2020 Latest post:
Jun 22, 2020
Welcome to our CaringBridge site. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
Marcus was in a serious car accident on Friday, April 24th at 5:30 pm.
Home in quarantine since mid-March, Marcus decided to grab a cheeseburger from one of his favorite places, Dino’s. Owned by our friend, Alex, he wanted to make sure we support them during this pandemic. It was a quick errand that turned tragic.
As he began to turn into the parking lot, he was hit by a drunk driver going at least double the speed limit in a 35 mph zone. Marcus was ejected from the car through the windshield. The other driver continued to hit 3 more (parked) cars after that, and then Marcus landed under one of those parked cars. The ambulance arrived in minutes, and 2 people (angels, to me) took turns holding his hand and talking to him until help arrived - he was not alone. He was taken to Vanderbilt's Trauma Unit. He suffered a fractured skull, broken collarbone, fractured ribs, fractured lumbar spine (no paralysis) and a brain hemorrhage.
Since he has been in the hospital, he has acquired pneumonia. He has only recently been conscious enough to try to communicate with us. He’s been in the ICU for over a week. The latest update as of May 2nd:
The medical team was able to take him off his ventilator, which is earlier than they originally thought. His mom and I spoke to him today. He was coherent, although his voice was very hoarse, and he asked questions over and over again (he kept forgetting), such as: Where am I? What happened to me? How long have I been in here?. We’re so thankful that after many days of silence or mere sounds, that he's communicating appropriately. This will just take some time. I am still not allowed to see him, due to the pandemic. But I have been talking extensively with the doctors and nurses, and I know they have been doing their best to take care of him.
We have a long road ahead, but I am thankful he is doing well at the moment, and pray he will continue to do so. Marcus is one of the strongest and most extraordinarily intelligent people we know and love. He absorbs information like a sponge, knowing at least something about everything (my dad fondly calls him a 'walking encyclopedia'). Marcus is a humanitarian to the hilt, who often puts too much on his plate trying to help everyone he can. So many go to him with their questions, issues, and problems, and he tries to help each one as much as he can. Sometimes, he will tell you things you don't want to hear, but you know he's right. He's blunt - and sometimes it's hard to hear. Marcus asks lots of questions and demands answers. But all of this ALWAYS comes from his heart.
Thank you to everyone who has reached out to me and our families. We have been having a hard time getting everyone updated, but that just shows us how many people love Marcus - and that is wonderful. We are grateful to all of you for the prayers, healing energies, kind/reassuring words, food, flowers, and messages. You have all been absolutely incredible. If I haven't responded to you personally, please know this: I don't know what I would have done without you. - Heidi