Tyler has always been eager to get up and go! He has participated in basketball, football, track and is a certified scuba diver. Those who love Tyler have always struggled to keep up with his energy. Unfortunately, this past summer, Tyler was involved in a devastating car crash that has left him paralyzed.
On this past Father’s Day, Tyler and his sister were rear-ended by a distracted driver, sending them both to the hospital. Tyler suffered massive head trauma, and has been in and out of hospitals and rehab centers ever since. He is unable to talk or eat on his own, but has been making progress.
Tyler has been home for a little over a month now. He’s tolerated a “tea party” with his little sister. He’s watched familiar movies and television, and listened to his music.
The time at home has been some of Tyler’s most attentive and alert since the crash. He has been awake more often and for longer periods of time. He smiles several times a week. Sometimes, he has looked in the direction of somebody talking to him from across the room. On occasion, he’s squeezed his mom’s hand when asked to do so. Tyler’s rehabilitation is focused on exactly these kind of things with the ultimate goal that Tyler will be able to communicate with us.
Like everyone else, as spring comes, Tyler’s family has their eyes on the outdoors. They want to get Tyler out into the community at parks, beaches, and to see family and friends. Currently, they do not have the ability to transport Tyler to do any of this. Even getting to doctors’ appointments — both scheduled and emergency — requires a herculean effort. Only an ambulance provider transports patients as medically complex as Tyler.
Tyler needs his own van, and one that can fit the entire family. Anything you can do to make this a reality is deeply appreciated by his family. To learn more or help in Tyler’s road to recovery you can visit his GoFundMe page here.
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