Darth Vader Needs a New Leg
Organized by: Erin Frawley
Surgery Success and other updates
January 05, 2017
The problem: 20+ years ago, his leg was originally broken via a sports injury resulting in multiple fractures and dislocation of the ankle. This has resulted in: 8 arthroscopic surgeries, bone removal, bone edema, Achilles tendon lengthening process, TENS unit, years of physical therapy, a permanent Arizona leg brace, 2 lumbar nerve block procedures, 5% range of motion, no cartilage between the talus and tibia which is causing the ankle to fuse to itself. There is daily chronic and acute pain from simply moving around doing basic activities. Solution: Amputation. All other avenues have been exhausted and this is the only option available for quality of life. Sadly, this is seen as an elective procedure and will not be covered by insurance. Cost: $50,000. Medical expenses including travel and below-the-knee amputation will be $35,000 and the cost of prosthetics and post-op PT will be $15,000. Currently looking for a doctor who will perform this surgery. With his permission, I have been allowed to share this information in hopes of raising the means necessary to fund this surgery. For anyone who has seen my friend, it is hard to comprehend that most of his days are spent in pain. He has completed 70 Tough Mudders, 53 Half-Marathons, and 4 Full Marathons. If you've seen his "Beast List" you know that he participates in a race or event mostly every weekend. He has served proudly as a United States Marine; a veteran who needs our help. He's not only served as an inspiration to myself, but to hundreds of people throughout the area. This is not an impulsive decision, but one that has been well researched over a number of years. It is my hope that funds can be raised by those of us who have seen him run from 5Ks to half and full marathons in a gas mask carrying the American Flag or participate in Tough Mudders, which consist on 10-12 mile military-style obstacle course races.
All while he continues to battle leukemia and cancer, chemotherapy and Dr. appointments... as he has been for the past 14 years. He is currently waiting and has been on the Bone Marrow Transplant List for the past 7 years at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle, WA.