Rich Adair Emergency
Organized by: Stan Young
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Rich Adair and his wife Jen had left Memphis Monday evening on Rich's motorcycle, after attending a family member’s funeral. They were heading home to Houston, trying to avoid the rain that was headed their way. It was late and they decided that they would stop and get some sleep before finishing the journey home. Unfortunately they never made it to the hotel on account of what happened next!
Cruising down I-30 in Arkansas, Tuesday October 29th, about 3 A.M. and approximately 50 miles East of Texarkana, out of nowhere a deer ran in front of them. Rich had no time to react to avoid the deer and hit it broadside. On impact, Jen flew over Rich and the deer and slid down the highway, while Rich took the brunt of the force. When Jen got her senses back, she checked herself and was able to make her way back to Rich and pull him off the highway. She fervently tried to flag a truck or car down, but no one would stop due to the recent robberies that had been taking place on I-30. Fortunately for her, one of those passing vehicles called 911 and the police and medical showed up a short time later.
Rich was evaluated and his injuries were so extent and life threatening, that they called Life Flight to get him to the Hospital as quickly as possible. Once they got him there, the team evaluated his injuries and began their work. Rich's injuries consisted of all the ribs on the left side and some on the right were broken. His left lung was punctured, his spleen was lacerated, and the back of his skull is cracked in several places and a subdural hematoma approximately 7 inches in size. He had a blowout in his left orbital which will require major reconstruction. After removing a large blood clot inside the cranium it was determined that there appears to be no brain damage.
Rich is currently in intensive care at a Hospital in Texarkana, and will likely be incapacitated for quite some time. Not knowing what lay in store, and as of yet unable to find his insurance information to give to the Hospital, his injuries are being treated on "good faith". Until Rich is conscious, the swelling goes down, and they are able to evaluate his condition, it is unknown what costs he will incur as well have the means for him, Jen and Becca to live on while he is in rehabilitation.
Those of you that know Rich know that he is exactly what he appears to be, a kind, giving individual who works hard to make a living for his family, a fantastic dad to his kids, and a loving husband. Those of you that don't know Rich, you are truly missing a wonderful person with a fantastic attitude and outlook on life, plus a wonderful sense of humor. God spared Rich and Jen out there on that dark highway for a reason. His mom, dad, Jen and Becca are by his side waiting and watching as each day goes by. The expense of a hotel, food and gas will no doubt be an added burden on his family which they shouldn't need to have to worry about! I hope that you can find it in your heart to join me, to help ensure that Rich and his family are taken care of during this unfortunate ordeal.
Rich is still in Intensive care and still unconcious. They have begun to give him intreveneous antibiotics to fight the fever of infection. It appears that he is getting Pnemonia so the antibiotics should help that as well. Please keep Rich and his family in your prayers. -Stan
Rich is still in Intensive care and still unconcious. He now has full Pnemonia and had wrist surgery yesterday. The punctured left lung collapsed again so he is back on the breathing machine. Please continue to keep Rich and his family in your prayers. -Stan
Rich is still in intensive care and still Unconscious. He is looking better, the swelling is down, scans don’t show any more blood in his head. He got his wrist fixed up, Pneumonia is still there but he’s on good antibiotics. They still have him on the ventilator and are trying to lower the sedation meds from time to time. He is holding strong! I know Jen, Janice and the family cherious your prayers so please keep praying, God is in the business of Miracles!
Another Update for 11/6/2014
The nurses left Rich off the sedation medication last night and this morning he work up. Jen talked to him, and Rich followed her as she walked around the bed. Lewis, Rich’s brother, also talked to him and Rich averted his attention to him. Before lunch, they took Rich off the ventilator and he is now able to breathe on his own. He can open his right eye and he can squeeze Jen and Lew’s hands. He can’t talk yet because his vocal chords have taken a beating by the tube that has been down his throat. This is really great news, he continues to improve and he is definitely a fighter! Thanks for all your prayers and concern and please continue to keep him in your prayers and thoughts.
Jen sent me a message this morning, that Rich was up sitting in a chair yesterday watching TV. He does recognize everyone so that is a really good sign. He is able to keep up with conversation and is being very positive about everything and what he has to do to get back to normal. He actually ate last night for the first time. He is able to move himself from the bed to a chair which is amazing. Please continue to pray for his continued improvement and a full recovery. Thank you for your continued support.
Rich is home and doing very well, he is resting and his injuries are slowly healing. He is still in a lot of pain, but is in good spirits and can’t believe he is alive. He is very thankful that Jen was not hurt badly and is very appreciative for the outpouring of love and support they have received. Since he has no insurance, he is on his own for rehab. He still has the pins in his wrist, so he will need to find a local surgeon, and hopefully have it looked at sometime next week.
Please continue to keep Rich and his family in your thoughts and prayers, as well continue to pray for his healing.
I went over and visited with Rich and Jen the other night. He is looking really good, walking around with his left arm in a sling and a slight limp. His spirits are very high and he is so blessed to be alive and very humble for everything everyone has been doing for him. He has no memory of the accident and only remembers waking up and tubes down his throat, and lines hooked up to him. Several times while we were talking he was overcome with emotion because he realizes that God gave Jen him a second chance. His road rash across his belly is healing very well, and there are just a couple of signs that his forehead and face even sustained the impact that it did.
He went to see a local doctor and got a great report, they fill that within a few weeks he will be able to have the pins removed from his wrist and that everything seems to be healing very well. He is still sore in his ribs and he said that it still hurts to cough or laugh so we tried to keep that to a minimum. All in all though he is doing great for someone that has only been off life support for a couple of weeks. He is truly a miracle! He still has a long road ahead of him, and he hopes to be back at work after the first of the year. Please continue to keep He, Jen and the kids in your prayers, they have a large financial burden that will have to be met for quite a long time. Thanks to all of you who have stepped up to help so far he is very appreciative.