John's fight to walk
Organized by: Ann Boyd Briggs
July 14, 2016
My husband, John, was trimming a tree in our back yard on Good Friday, March 25, 2016, when the branch came down, bounced back and knocked the ladder out from under him. John fell 20 feet to the ground. He landed on both legs. His right leg had a compound fracture of the tibia and fibula which came through the skin at his shin. His left leg suffered most of the impact. His left tibia shattered into 22 pieces at the ankle. For awhile the ER doctor thought that John's left foot might have to be amputated because the pulse was extremely hard to find in the left foot. The doctor finally found it using a doppler monitor. John has a pilon fracture of the left ankle and lower leg.
He had surgery on both legs on the morning of Saturday, March 26th. The surgeons repaired the right break with two rods and screws. The left leg was put in an external fixator to hold it to the correct length while the swelling went down.
John spent the first two weeks unable to leave his bed without being put in a lift and then into a wheelchair because he was not able to bear any weight on either leg. He is learning how to hop on his right leg with a walker while keeping his left leg elevated.
On April 21st John had a second surgery on his left leg. The swelling around the ankle did not go down as much as the surgeon wanted so he was not able to use plates and screws for the repair. John' left leg is in a Taylor Spatial frame which he will have to wear for at least the next 3.5 months. John is still not able to bear weight on the left leg.
The doctor said that John will need at least four months of physical therapy after the Taylor Spatial frame is removed. Our insurance will only cover 40 physical therapy sessions, any additional sessions will be out of pocket.
In order for John to come home from rehab we will need some modifications to our home and some medical equipment which is not covered by our insurance.
Any amount you can spare will help! Thank you