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Martin Needs Your Help

On August 31st the Horns’ family life changed forever. That day, Martin (Marty) Horn was taking a surfing lesson in waist deep water, went into a wave and fell off the board hitting a sandbar. The impact immediately fractured his C3 thru T3 vertebrae. On September 5th, he had surgery to stabilize his neck, but unfortunately his paralysis appears to be permanent. He is paralyzed from his chest down, and can now breathe on his own after defying all odds. Marty is at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta Georgia.

Updates (19)

December 6, 2017

“Commit to the Lord, whatever you do and your plans will succeed.”

Update from Samantha Horn on 12/5/2017

Today was graduation!!! Wahoo, after 105 days being hospitalized Dad is finally ready to go home.

I say home, but in reality he is not going to his home. He is going back to where he grew up in Oklahoma. I have been calling it home when talking about this move, but today he told me home is where the three kids are and where he has raised us for the past 22 years. We are hoping and praying to find a way to get him home (NC), but for now he will be in Oklahoma for a couple of months. This will provide him the best care for the time being.

Dad has come a LONNNNG way since the accident. We did not even know if he would make it out of the ICU for the first couple of weeks. Dad came to the Shepherd Center looking rough. He can now sit in his chair all day and actually smiles while doing this! The last week he has been making jokes and talking much louder, I have really missed that!

I stole this from one of Dad’s friends Caring Bridge. This was a statement by his daughter that I really can relate too. “We are “fine”. Don’t you hate when someone says they are fine! What does that mean? Is it good? Is it bad? What is going on? I’m learning that “fine” means you are making it. It’s not pretty. It is hard. There are good moments. You have lots of support, but can still feel lonely. You have great guidance, but still feel overwhelmed. You are so proud of how far you’ve come, yet carrying on is exhausting. Not only does this apply to Dad, but to all of us trying so hard to take care of him. We are fine.”

I am so tired. I look in the mirror and don’t even recognize myself. I cannot even put in my contacts because my eyes are so heavy. I have been with Dad for at least 15 hours a day the past 95 days. I am glad I got to be the person that was with him everyday, but in reality there is no one else that could have taken 3 months off of their lives. It is hard not seeing Dad with the results that we want to see, but important to know that he really has come a long way.

Now that Dad is medically stable we are trying to really step up his therapy once he is back in OKC. He had a lot of obstacles at the Shepherd Center including his open airway, giant body brace, blood pressure, shoulder subluxation, and Stage 3 sacrum sore. Now that he does not have the trachea or brace, and the other problems are diminishing he can really focus on physical and occupational therapy.

I for one cannot believe they are just letting me leave tomorrow with Dad – LOL! I have learned more the past few months than I have learned my entire college career.

We will be leaving Atlanta tomorrow at 1:48pm and arriving in Oklahoma at 3:09pm. I am not going to lie tomorrow is going to be a hard and overwhelming day for Dad. It is going to be his first time in a van or plane since the accident. Also the first time he is going for more than a few hours without the comfort of medical staff. His loaner chair is a manual chair, so I will have to push him at the airport along with handling our 7 bags. (4 bags of medial supplies!!) Debbie (Dad’s sister) and Mike (Dad’s brother) will be picking us up and taking us to Grandma’s house for a low key rest of the day. At this time we are requesting NO visitors. Dad will need a little time to get adjusted and into a routine. He would love the opportunity to plan visits with everyone wanting to come too! It will be really important to give him this control and independence so if you are wanting to give him a visit (or even take him out for a couple of hours) feel free to shoot him a text 919-801-3393.

Debbie will be taking the main role as the caregiver for the next couple of months as well. We will have his other brothers and sisters stepping in, and potentially home health assistance.

For everyone that wants to send Christmas cards here is his new address (He also loves getting pictures from everyone)

Martin Horn

2520 NW 116 St

OKC, OK 73120

Please pray for tomorrow and this transition. It is going to be very hard for Dad and I both to have someone else do what I have been doing all this time.

November 28, 2017

“I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High.”

Updated from Samantha Horn

The surgery was a success, thank you for all of the prayers!!!! Dad just arrived back “home” to this room in the Shepherd Center after being in recovery at Piedmont Hospital. He is resting now and should be good to start back doing his other therapies tomorrow!

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June 16, 2020

Hang in there sport.

Tamberle Lyles

December 11, 2017

I'm sorry to hear this. Stay strong!

Travis Graham

November 25, 2017

Marty.. I just got the news about your accident!! I am so sorry !! If anyone can turn this"lemon" into lemon aid"...You can!! You were an excellent lawyer and I know you wil be an excellent patient!

C. Miller Sigmon