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Wheelchair Access Needed
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Ended Aug 10, 2013
On August 16, 2011, my son was the victim of a horrific tragedy. Recovery is slow, and he's currently wheelchair bound. I have no ramp access. My wish is to build a ramp on the back porch for access, but have run into difficulties saving funds myself. More ...
August 16, 2011 was the day my life changed forever. The day started as most did; we got up, I got Gideon ready to go to daycare, kissed my husband goodbye, and watched him load him in the car. The big difference that day was that I was staying home to finish unpacking after moving instead of going to work. There are no answers why he turned that day instead of going straight to daycare. Maybe because I was home, maybe because he had fallen out of his routine of taking him, maybe because Gideon fell asleep. But somehow, Kaleb forgot his son, his pride and joy, was riding in the backseat. He went on autopilot straight to work.
8 hours later, I went to pick Gideon up from daycare. Panic set in when I was told he wasn't there. The phone call to my husband, the drive to his work. Driving up to see him pulling my beautiful little boy out of his truck. My bouncing, giggly boy was limp, lethargic, and barely breathing. It seemed a lifetime for the ambulance, an eternity to the hospital. I found out later that his temperature when he came in was 108', which is past deadly. My son owes his life to the amazing people at Campbell County Memorial. He was cooled, stabilized and life-flighted out within the hour.
The six hour drive to Denver Children's was agonizingly long; hours spent praying and wondering why and how. We didn't even know if he was going to still be alive when we got there. Amazingly he was, but doctors were very grim. We were told he wouldn't make it through the night, then the day. We were told of organ failure, severe brain damage. We were given the quality of life speech, tried to prepare for the worst when he was taken of off ventilation. Then he surprised us all. My strong willed little boy was fighting, he survived.
The last 2 years have been filled with questions, therapies, and small steps to recovery. Gideon has many struggles ahead of him, and I've tried everything to help him recover. We're currently working on communication and walking. While many, including myself, are very hopeful for a full recovery, the chances are slim. He's wheelchair bound most of the day, I carry him the rest of the time. What I need your help with is raising funds for wheelchair access into our house. I've been trying to save myself, but problems keep coming up and the project keeps being pushed to the background. And with his continuous growing, this project needs done asap. Thank you so very much.
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