My life was changed forever in an instant on July 1st, 2020.
In a freak accident, I was thrown headfirst over the handlebars of my bike and suffered a life changing C3 complete spinal cord injury. I was immediately rushed to the hospital and then airlifted to Indianapolis.
July 18, 2021
One of the local newspapers, Purdue Exponent, covered our story. Check it out here: www.purdueexponent.org
July 11, 2021
Thank you all again so much for all your support in my dads recovery journey. Paul, Linas’s oldest son, is writing this update.
My family and I were recently able to visit my dad (we live in Pacific Northwest). The changes I could see in my dad between my previous visit and this one, both physically and mentally, were extremely positive. My dad’s overall energy during the day has increased, resulting in him being able to keep up and entertain his grandkids (they enjoyed seeing him drive himself around in his powerchair as well as sitting on his lap during said rides). He is eating with everyone else at the dinner table, no more liquid diet through the feeding tube. When I went to physical therapy with my dad, I couldn’t believe the amount of movement I was seeing. During one of the sessions, my dad was hooked up to a machine that measures the amount of torque he can apply doing a certain motion. I was able to see torque readings from both of his arms when he was both pushing and pulling, as well as internally and externally rotating his arm. During another session, I saw my dad raise his hips by a few inches on his own, and even lift up slightly from a seated position. He even does this move where he is sitting in his chair and doing what looks like dribbling a soccer ball. The movements aren’t necessarily big, but they are there, they are intentional, and they are very hopeful. My dad is also back at his research, which he enjoys so much. He is able to participate in meeting with his colleagues and truly help advance the projects that he is working on. He is really quite efficient with using his computer with just his eyes and voice, taking advantage of the accessibility technology that is out there.
There’s no doubt that we’re still at the early stages of the recovery journey, and while it may be long and have its ups and downs, it’s with your continued help and support that help push my dad through it all. Thank you again for all you do for us and God Bless.
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July 1, 2021
Hi Linas, Found out about your tragic accident just yesterday (6/30/2021), one year after the fact. Had no idea because for the past 14 months I have stayed mostly at home, with virtually no contact with the department. Read on-line about the steady progress you are making. It is very encouraging that you are gaining control and movement in your extremities, and have started working for a limited amount of time every day. Please don't hesitate to contact me (765 404 0065) if you need any help. We are wishing you a speedy recovery and return back to some normalcy. I know you are mentally and physically very tough. You will come out of this setback soon.
June 24, 2021
May God continue to shower you with many blessings!
June 13, 2021
May God continue to bless you and your family on your journey toward more mobility and acceptance of your new way of life. My husband and I are former members of St. Tom's but have moved to Westfield two years ago. We will keep you all in our prayers and may God hold you in the palm of his hand
Bill and Jane Bremer
June 10, 2021
We are so happy to have had a chance to participate in your recovery due to Fr. Patrick Baikauskas giving us your information. We make this donation in honor of Fr. Patrick's Anniversary to the priesthood. God bless you and your family! Kathy and Don Pearson Springfield, IL
Kathy and Don Pearson