This mother is asking you, personally, for your voice and support in any way you can give it. I have troubles making ends meet, myself- but I still have a voice, as do you.
|Sally- the dog who saved the lives of her people!|
““It was hard to see how either one of them survived. Clearly (Kelly) did because her brother protected her and took the brunt of the blows. But any of the blows … to her could have easily severed her main arteries or her spinal cord.” stated Dr. John M. Tew Jr., the clinical director of the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute who oversaw the emergency brain surgeries of both siblings when they arrived at University Hospital.
Um, holy shit.
Because this was a high profile case, we were told by law enforcement to not talk to anyone, and were placed on lock down. We were asked to maintain our silence. We did. We talked to no one, and just waited to see if our children would live.
Because of our silence no one knows how badly our son, Danny, was hurt. Danny was stabbed 19 times in the brain. His right hand had multiple defense wounds.
His tendons were severed. He was kicked so hard his spleen was lacerated. Danny’s injuries have been compared to Congress Woman Gabby Gifford. His skull was so crushed it took a year, minus 2 days, to get a skull cap replacement in. Danny has had 5 surgeries in the last year. Now we’re fighting to get his life back.
Danny has aphasia, which means he has trouble talking, reading, and writing,devastating to a young man who had just finished law school. He wanted to be a defense attorney, to make a difference. Danny used to play the drums, but can no longer use his right arm. Danny walks with a limp, but he walks two miles every day.
I’m writing to ask for your help. Danny has Anthem insurance. They pay for 30 therapies a year. We got him on Medicaid, and they pay for 20 a year. Mercy Hospital is helping, but only for three therapies a week. We’re told for Danny to get better he needs more, closer to 9 therapy sessions each week. He takes Speech, Occupational, and Physical therapy 3 times each week now. We’re to send him to the University of Michigan UMAP program for speech. It’s around $27,000 for 4-5 weeks of therapy, and his insurance doesn’t pay for this. His doctors and therapists say he could need to go several times. Room and board for Danny and his caregiver (his dad will go with him) is not included in the cost. Neither is the cost of the other ongoing two therapies, physical and occupational.
Please click though to The O’Keefe Family Blog and Facebook page to donate, leave words of encouragement or any other means of support you can think of and stay current on Danny’s progress. Also, read this post from Inside the Puppet Head for a post from a fellow mommy blogger and on of Danny’s personal friends. Thanks also goes to Twins Happen, a friend of Kelly’s, for her post and for bringing it to my attention on her Facebook page.
[Update 7/14: Read the current news article!]
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