Dearest Family & Friends, Thank you for taking the time to visit this page (the best way for our family to share Miguel's recovery updates to everyone at the same time). So many of you have reached out to offer your love, care, prayers, & support, and we appreciate you SO much! Feel free to leave a note of encouragement for Miguel under "Well Wishes". Below is a brief recap of his accident for those who are seeking more information. Love you all! Sincerely, Miguel, April, Alison, Andrew, and Matthew.
Q: What happened? A: We don't know. Early in the morning, on Saturday, March 6, 2021, Miguel was driving to work around 1:30 am. He was driving east bound on the 91, east of McKinley, when his car was involved in a serious hit and run collision. It is still unclear what/how/why it happened, as Miguel has no memory of the accident. Thankfully, and by God's grace, he survived even though he sustained serious injuries. He needed to be extricated from his vehicle and his car was totaled. As a family, we are incredibly thankful that Miguel survived and we are choosing to stay positive, move forward, and focus on his health and recovery - the most important thing!
Q: Is he ok? A: Yes. After the accident, Miguel was taken to Riverside Community Hospital ER and hospital stay was almost 2 weeks. He had 3 surgeries during that time to address injuries to his left hip, left knee, & 6 ribs. On March 18th, he was transferred to an acute care/rehabilitation center in San Bernardino where he will receive intense physical therapy and round the clock care. Unfortunately, because of COVID-19, he is not allowed to have ANY visitors. Once this changes we will keep you informed. He is handling things well and staying positive as much as possible, putting all of his best efforts into his physical therapy. However he has a long road to recovery ahead of him of at least 4-5 months.
Q: What now? A: We wait and root for him. Due to his extensive hip surgery, Miguel is not allowed to put any weight on his left leg for 10 weeks. After that he will begin to work on walking again.
Thanks for understanding when or if we cannot answer phone or text. This process is challenging and as soon as I can respond I will. Miguel is going through intense physical/ occupational therapy every day that is exhausting and he needs as much rest as possible in his recovery. He prefers text for any well wishes. Updates will be posted every few days so check back often.
Q: When will he be home? A: Not sure - Doctor and therapists determine this time frame but hopefully soon! Update: Miguel was discharged from the Rehabilitation Hospital on Saturday March 27th
Q: How can I help? A: A friend of Miguel's has set up a GoFundMe to help him out during this time and it is now linked under *ways to help. Thank you to those who have already been sending meals, giftcards and donations without us even having to ask. It has truly helped make this time a little less dark. Your generosity and care is greatly appreciated. We are also accepting meal drop offs. Under the *ways to help* tab go to mealtrain to sign up for a date. Miguel would enjoy anything that is not hospital food! The caring bridge tributes $30 donations go directly to this site, they do not go to us. Thank You!