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.
Marty has 3 children: Samantha (age 22) Senior at NCSU, Pearce (age 20) Sophomore at ECU, and Zoey (age 13) is an 8th Grader in Middle School. At present, Sam is acting as her father’s, primary caregiver/guardian, making all of the decision for him. She was in her last semester at NCSU, but has now deferred to care of her father. We are so very proud of her. After a life spent of enjoying the outdoors, triathlons, and a career as an attorney, Marty now faces a future with many obstacles and long road to recovery. As you can image the medical and rehabilitation bills alone will be astronomical. Research has shown that the estimated first year for a SCI is around $800,000 to well over $1,000,000. As many of you know Marty is a giving and prideful man. I cannot ever remember a time hearing him ask for help. I know of multiple families and clients he has financially helped out, and I am sure there are even more that I do not know about. It is time for us to help Marty in his time of need.
December 7, 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)
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 29, 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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December 12, 2017
I'm sorry to hear this. Stay strong!
November 27, 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
November 15, 2017
Keeping up with your family, I want to help some how. I live now in Clemson, SC and work as an Athletic Trainer. If you need some supplies, I may be able to get you something! Stay in touch, let me know if I can send anything! saying prayers!
November 7, 2017
I am now a stay at home mom but my background is in nursing! I would be happy to help in anyway I can! It has been years, but you and Pearce were (are) so special to me when I watched you two as kids! Love to you and Marty!
Millie (Smith) Noyes