Toby Yates: From Quadriplegic/ Paralysis to Walking Again!
Organized by: Ginger Yates
Motorcycle Accident victim Toby Yates originally diagnosed as paralyzed from neck down. Now taking steps. Needs help with exoskeleton suit to aid towards recovery. Toby hopes to one day return to being a working, tax paying citizen. The newly invented exoskeleton suit will help him recover! Toby misses running and playing with his 3 children, being his wife's ultimate companion & doing what he really enjoys-cooking! Toby has dreams of becoming a master chef. If enough money is raised to help Toby purchase the exoskeleton suit, he plans on donating it to someone else who will need it when he has recovered to his maximum ability.
Statement from Toby Yates:
On April 21, 2011, someones negligence impacted my life in a way that has hurt me and my family tremendously. Before the crash ruined my life, I was a proud working man, a father to two sons and a daughter, and a proud husband. I was very active; worked full time, managed my household and I also enjoyed working out by practicing mixed martial arts. I enjoyed spending time with my children, wife, riding my motorcycle to and from work and on small errands, and cooking. I hoped to someday become a master chef.
Today, I have regained the stregnth to feed myself most of the time. I still need assistance. Most normal tasks, I can’t do on my own. I can barely sit up unassisted. I have learned again how to stand up. However, I can’t play with my children. I can’t cook lunch for my wife when I have the day off- just to show her how much I love her. I can’t scratch my nose or tie my shoe. I can’t put on my own clothes. I can’t manage my household or go to my job that I loved. I can’t take my family to Sunday services. I can’t do anything and it hurts. This accident has caused me to suffer physically, emotionally, and mentally.
A few days ago, my wife said that she missed me. I am unable to care for her as I used to. She has always told me how I made her feel safe and protected as any husband would have their wife. I loved to know that when she was near me or when she looked into my face, I could make her heart rejoice and make her smile. However, these days, I feel like a burden. My wife has to do EVERYTHING for me. She has to handle the children, the house- everything she normally does, and find time to sleep.
I suffered a fractured vertebrae and other injuries at the C1, C3 and C4 levels of my spinal cord. I underwent surgery involving cervical fusion and now have a plate and 4 screws in my neck- through my throat. I suffered from Psychosis while hospitalized (documented). I was in different hospitals in Tallahassee and Jacksonville for almost three months. I have violent spasms throughout my entire body. My wife tries her best to prevent the children from seeing them happen because she fears that they may become afraid of me.
Financially, my family is suffering. I have no idea what will happen from this point. Medical bills total more than $300,000. The small savings that my wife and I had just created has been depleted a while ago in an attempt to cover expenses that I usually handle.
The accident has ruined my life. The pain that was caused cannot completely be explained in words. I often wonder why this happened to me. I don’t hurt anyone. I go to work, and come home. I wasn’t speeding. I wasn’t showing off. I just wanted to go on an errand to the store and enjoy the ride on my motorcycle. If I am able to raise funds to help me purchase an exoskeleton suit in an attempt to help me recover more, I hope to return to work, return to being a supportive dad, & husband.
In advance, I would like to thank everyone for taking time to read my story, and/or donate towards the purchase of an exoskeleton suit that will aid in my recovery.