Brent's Road to Recovery
Organized by: Shayna Williams
Brent Wethington and his wife, Robin have spent the last two years refurbishing the home of their dreams. With each of them tirelessly working full-time jobs while simultaneously putting every ounce of spare time into home renovations, life leaves little room for speed bumps. On Saturday July 11, 2015, while cleaning up around the fire pit after a long day of yard work, Brent was severely burned when a nearby gas can caught fire and exploded just feet from where he was standing, resulting in multiple second and third degree burns to a large portion of the left side of his body. Brent was immediately rushed to Community South Hospital where he was then urgently rushed to the Eskenazi Burn Unit. Four days after initially being admitted, Brent underwent a three hour Skin Graft surgery to replace most of the skin on his left thigh where a lot of the damage was endured. While under sedation, doctors also spent time shaving large amounts of dead and charred skin from Brent's face, neck and hand. Five days later, Brent was released from the Burn Unit in fair condition. Just four days after his release, Brent was re-admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at Community South via ambulance after he fell unconscious and began to bleed out. Losing four units of blood in less than 90 minutes, the bleeding was caused by a trauma-induced ulcer sustained by shock and pain from the previous 11 days. In just a few months, Brent will undergo yet another surgery that will help prevent further internal bleeding as well as repair scar tissue. Almost a month after the accident, Brent is slowly but surely on the mend. Currently, Brent is going to weekly burn therapies and is bound to compression clothing for the next 12 months. Though his health is the number one concern, stress levels are rapidly rising as medical bills begin to pour in. Brent had started a new job in Lafayette just 60 days prior to his accident. His healthcare benefits were not set to kick in until he had been employed for 90 days. The point of this fundraiser is to help the Wethington's in a desperate and difficult time. Hopefully, we can all find it in our hearts to give back to a man who regularly opens up his home to strangers and is always willing to lend a helping hand. Any donation, small or large, is overwhelmingly appreciated. Thank you all for your kindness and generosity.