Apr 28, 2021 Latest post:
Oct 10, 2021
On Saturday, April 24, 2021 at around 11:30 am Mike and nine year old Emma, the daughter of a friend of Mike and Melanie's were on their way to a store when Mike's car was struck by another car. This car had braked hard to avoid a collision by a different car (a third car) that had made a left turn in front of it before it was safe to do so. The driver of the car that started this crash chain of events left the scene. A witnesses was able to report information about this driver, his vehicle and its license plate information. Dekalb County PD are investigating. We are all so thankful that Emma was treated and released from the hospital later that same day with a fractured ankle and rib. No one was injured in the second or third vehicles.
This was a significant crash with a great deal of damage to Mike's car. Mike was trapped inside the car. It was a long and difficult job by the fire department to get Mike out of the car. Once out of the car he was transported to Atlanta Medical Center which is a Level One Trauma Center. Later that day he was admitted to the Surgical ICU. Melanie and Mike's son Mitch were at the hospital.
Mike has serious fractures of bones in both legs including a fractured foot and knee on the right leg. There were some fractures in his left hip, lower spine and sacrum, but fortunately (as of 4/26/21) these are not considered a long-term issue. Mike also has some broken ribs, a collapsed lung, and a bruised carotid artery. He is responding well to the treatment for his collapsed lung. On Saturday the doctor informed Melanie that Mike's injuries while serious were recoverable.
On Sunday, April 25 Mike had surgery on his left leg to stabilize and set his fractured femur. Mike tolerated the surgery well and the results were positive. Surgery is planned for the right leg, but not until some soft tissue swelling improves.
Melanie, Mike's wife has of course been in a state of disbelief and very upset. She was able to arrive at the scene of the accident before Mike was extricated from his car. It was a shock for her to see the car and watch Mike being rescued. At the same time she has been very strong spending time at the hospital and at Mike's side as much as the hospital will allow. She is also working hard on must do things such as insurance related tasks, communicating with medical staff and Mike's employer.
Mike and Melanie are blessed with many family members, friends, neighbors, and co-workers who are very concerned about Mike. Melanie is so very thankful for all of you who have reached out to her for updates, information, and words of support. She is only one person and so we are asking that we all use this website as a way to keep up with Mike's condition.
Due to COVID and Mike being in the ICU visiting is very limited. With time visiting Mike may be more available.
Mike and Melanie have a long journey of treatment, healing and rehabilitation in the months ahead of them. There will be related expenses that insurance will not cover. Often when a person commits the crime of a hit and run they leave the scene of the accident because they have no insurance. Many people have expressed a desire to support Mike and Melanie so a Go Fund Me Page has been set-up in Mike's name. If you wanted to send flowers be we aware that the hospital does not allow flowers in the ICU.
Thank you so much to everyone for all your support and prayers.
Mike can now receive flowers and other well wishes.
Atlanta Medical Center Michael Seymour 303 Parkway Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30312 Room 574
Message me if you want to text or call him and I will pass on his number. Xox, Melanie