Nate was involved in an accident that has left him paralyzed from the chest down. Please help us raise money to offset the medical costs associated with inpatient rehabilitation.
Thanks to the Lexi and Tyler Camp we have a blog for Nathan to post all the most recent updates. Here is the site.
Nate Aikele is a competitor in every sense of the word. He works hard, studies hard, rides hard and for sure plays hard. He makes goals and accomplishes them by giving everything he has, and then digging deeper to give even more. He keeps Christ as his rock and has unwavering faith in God. He is an incredible brother, uncle, son, athlete, student and doctor (almost).
On Thursday, April 10th, Nate was participating in a cycling race in Austin, TX called The Driveway Series. The course consisted of a route that had two sharp U-turns right before the finish line. After circling around the course multiple times, he prepared to finish strong with a win. He was out in front of the other cyclists when he looked over his right shoulder to estimate the lead he had heading into the finish line. When he looked behind him, he went off course and hit a tree. The impact caused his T7 vertebra to break on both the anterior and posterior side and impinge on his spinal cord, slicing open the dural sac and breaking the cord completely.
He was rushed to University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin, TX, where he underwent spinal reconstructive surgery on T4 – T10 vertebrae. Surgeons sliced open his entire back and took bones from his pelvis to reconstruct the thoracic segments as well as more shattered lumbar segments. The neurologists have given a prognosis of a complete tear of the spinal cord, resulting in permanent paralysis from the mid-chest down. As far as the doctors are concerned, he will never walk again.
Nate’s deepest desire is to graduate with his classmates at Midwestern University and receive his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) in seven weeks. Before the accident, his post-graduation plans were to complete a Podiatric Medicine & Surgery Residency at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, CO. I know he can do it if he works his physical therapy program and recovers quickly.
We all know that medicine tells us a lot, but it doesn’t tell us everything. Medical miracles happen, and they happen with faith. The outpouring of support we have felt has been indescribable. Nate and his family have felt the warm comfort of thousands of prayers, fasting and love from so many of you. We love you and thank you so much.
As I rocked my baby to sleep tonight, I tried to image the hurt I would be feeling if my son were in the ICU with a spinal cord injury that resulted in paralysis. My heart aches for my parents. The most frustrating part of sitting with Nate in the ICU is not being able to do anything. Not being able to ease the pain, not being able to make him feel his legs, not being able to fully explain to him what the doctors were saying, and not understanding how to go through this trial with him. I started this fundraising campaign because I feel like it is one of the ways I can help from Dallas. It is extremely difficult for me to not be by his side. Please join me in supporting him financially as the costs associated with rehab build quickly.
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