Stand Up for Dan!
On Sunday August 7, 2016, 53-year-old Dan Lumley was struck by a 77-year-old distracted driver who made an illegal three-point turn over a solid yellow line on a street less than a mile from Dan’s home. He is now paralyzed from the chest down!
Dan was transported via helicopter to a nearby tertiary care hospital where they gave him less than a one percent chance of survival. His lungs were crushed, all of his ribs fractured, both bones in his lower left leg fractured, nerve damage and injury to his right shoulder and most critically, he sustained a T3-T4 complete spinal cord injury resulting in paralysis from the upper chest down. In the helicopter on the way to the hospital, the paramedics needed to perform a tracheostomy where they insert a tube into his neck so he could breathe with the assistance of a respirator. He remained on the respirator for approximately 2 months and in the Intensive Care Unit for 3 months. Each day brought new, life-threatening challenges and Dan underwent approximately 20 plus surgeries for various injuries and procedures. After the ICU stay, Dan spent another 2 months in an acute rehabilitation center. After numerous, costly modifications to his home to make it accessible, Dan returned home almost 6 months after the accident.
Dan has been married for 32 years to his wife Lisa and they have three children, Dean (28years old), Emily (26 years old) and Daniel (23 years old). Prior to his accident, Dan worked as a Registered Nurse in the Operating Room caring for hundreds of patients throughout his career, but due to his injuries, he is no longer able to work as an Operating Room nurse since he is in a wheelchair and his mobility is limited.
Although his life has drastically changed, Dan maintains a positive, hopeful attitude and doesn’t let his wheelchair define him. Since he is no longer walking and not able to stand up, the doctors told him that his bones are weakening and his bone density is way below the normal levels. Additionally, he has suffered numerous pressure sores and has been hospitalized several times from these pressure injuries becoming infected. He desperately needs a stand-up wheelchair to help minimize the bone loss that he is experiencing and to decrease the risk of pressure injuries. Being in a standing position is proven to promote bone growth, strengthen bones and joints, relieve the pressure sustained from sitting or laying down and helps to optimize lung expansion.
Unfortunately, stand-up wheelchairs are expensive and not covered by insurance. Dan and his family are not able to afford such an expense at this time. Dan no longer works as a RN and receives a minimal amount monthly from disability benefits. The everyday expenses needed for his care are incredible. Having a stand-up wheelchair will undoubtedly help him to maximize his health and prevent further complications from his injuries.
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