On the evening of November 6, 2017, Phil was struck while on a bicycle at an intersection near his home in Gainesville, Florida. He sustained a skull fracture (with bleeding into the brain), and multiple other injuries requiring surgeries to decompress his brain and to stabilize his right tibia (lower leg). When he regained consciousness, he was unable to speak.
People from all over the country began to contact his brothers and friends requesting information about his condition. I helped set up this Caring Bridge website as a favor to Phil’s family, and to meet the needs for information about and communication with Phil. You, his friends, have let us know that you appreciated this site. I don’t think any of us realized how many people Phil had touched.
Thankfully, he survived both surgeries, and soon began the arduous journey of rehabilitation. Even before he could speak many words, Phil was impressing and inspiring the hospital and rehab staff with his fortitude and persistence. Pictures, taken by Phil's brother Michael and other visitors documenting Phil's recovery, have been posted here. Many of us have been riveted and encouraged by Phil’s journey.
It was two months before we heard much from Phil himself. While the news hasn’t always been wonderful, Phil continues to amaze and inspire us with heart and courage. We are ecstatic and relieved to, again, experience his intelligence and heart expressed.
Many of you have wanted to know how you can help. Many more have offered financial assistance. Some have suggested creating a “GofundMe” account. There have already been financial costs. No one can yet say for sure the extent of the financial costs that will be his. One thing is sure: Phil faces a long and difficult path to recovery, and he draws strength from the love, encouragement and support he receives. On behalf of Phil, his family and friends, thank you for staying tuned and for continuing your healing prayers, good wishes and friendship.
(inspired by Phil)
Addendum: a GoFundMe page has been set up for Phil. To donate, please go to https://www.gofundme.com/Philsrehabfund