Hospitalized 20 Days and 3 Surgeries

Hospitalized 20 Days and 3 Surgeries

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We are raising money for expenses received from 20 days in the hospital and 3 surgeries due to a collapsed lung from an on-the-job injury.

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over 1 year ago

Due to COVID-19, he is now not permitted to risk exposure. Having had lung surgery two months ago, he is considered "high risk" should he contract the virus of a potentially fatal case. This is now preventing him from working entirely until the risk has lowered. He submitted a claim for unemployment, however, it has been nearly a month and there has been no response due to the backlog with Florida's unemployment system. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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This is my friend, Dan. He works for a company which contracts with the Medical Examiner’s office and various funeral homes in the removal and transportation of deceased persons. He has worked with this company for approximately 10 years. On December 26th of 2019, he was required to recover the body of an individual who weighed approximately 400-500 pounds. While moving the body, he felt a tearing sensation in his rib area.

He knew something had happened but at the time did not feel it was serious. Over the next five days, he had increasingly worse pain and difficulty breathing when trying to sleep at night. Over the five days after that, he was no longer able to sleep in a laying position and had to sleep sitting upright.

At this point, on January 3 of this year, he was responding to a call for recovery when the on scene detective and one of the deputies noticed his labored breathing and called an ambulance to take him to the emergency room. Once there, after x-rays and a CT scan, it was determined the injury had caused a severe rupture in his rib-cage which was pouring fluid into the plural cavity surrounding his right lung. This fluid was preventing him from inhaling while at the same time had collapsed his right lung and he was immediately admitted to the hospital.

He spent the next 20 days in the hospital receiving treatment and recovering. The treatment included an initial draining of fluid, a minor surgery where a tube was inserted into his side, and a major surgery where the cavity was cleaned and a larger tube was inserted into a different location in his side. He was released from the hospital on January 22 and has spent the last several weeks recovering.

This has left him in a serious financial situation. Although he feels like he is capable of doing the job going forward, only time will tell if he is physically able to continue to work in this job but he has the desire to try for as long as he is able. Against his better judgement, his doctor has temporarily agreed to release him to try to return to work. He is also actively seeking other, less physical, employment on a daily basis.

In the meantime, the medical and household bills are continuing to mount and his family is running out of time. He has not been allowed to work for nearly two months and his savings is completely gone. He only has a few weeks left before the bills come due again and he has no way to pay them at the moment. Desperation is an understatement and there are no words to express how appreciative he would be for any help for him and his family during this trying time.

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over 1 year ago

Update #1

Due to COVID-19, he is now not permitted to risk exposure. Having had lung surgery two months ago, he is considered "high risk" should he contract the virus of a potentially fatal case. This is now preventing him from working entirely until the risk has lowered. He submitted a claim for unemployment, however, it has been nearly a month and there has been no response due to the backlog with Florida's unemployment system. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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