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Help Brian Get Back on his Feet

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Organizer: Matt, Nick, Graham, and Sarah Ludmer. Beneficiary: Brian Ludmer

LAX Shooting Survivor, 29 year old high school teacher & brother of 4. Your generosity will help Brian with recovery expenses. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. The Ludmer Family

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Brian was involved in the recent shooting at Los Angeles International Airport.  He was shot in the lower leg and as a result will need multiple surgeries and months of physical therapy.  Please read the story in his own words below.

To My Friends and family,
I am overwhelmed by all your thoughts and prayers after yesterday's incident. I just wanted to let everyone know that I'm going to be o.k. Without going into too much detail, I was shot once in the back of my right calf. The bullet then exited my right shin and grazed my left leg. The tibia and fibula in my right leg were both completely shattered producing multiple compound fractures. I crawled to safety, applied a tourniquet, and was later found by the police who pulled me out of the building despite great risk to themselves as the shooter was still active at the time.

The good news is that I was in surgery yesterday where it was determined that there was minimal nerve damage which, as I'm told, means that I have a good chance of regaining full use of my leg and foot. It is going to be a long road, with at least two more surgeries and a metal rod in my leg, but I should be o.k in the end.

This LA Times article describes the events in more detail. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-calabasas-educator-wounded-in-lax-shooting-20131101,0,3333976.story#axzz2jVPwYlGp

Thanks again to everyone for your love and support.


Brian



Here is another link to a video of a news reporter covering the incident.

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/03/21296142-california-teacher-relied-on-his-old-boy-scouts-training-to-survive-lax-shooting-rampage?lite

So, as you can tell, Brian is really an amazing guy who won't let this keep him down for long.  Also, Brian's long held interest in reducing gun violence has understandably been heightened. Any extra donations received that will not be used for medical/rehab expenses will be donated to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.  More information can be found at www.BradyCampaign.org 

PLEASE NOTE:  The administrators of funds are Matt, Nick, Graham, and Sarah Ludmer, Brian's siblings.  You will see these names appear when checking out and on your credit card statement.  Also, the YouCaring website does not take any portion of the donations Brian receives.  The funds will go directly to Brian's account, allowing him to use them as needed.

Thank you again for supporting our brother!
~Matt, Nick, Graham, & Sarah Ludmer

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Updates

12/30/2013
by Matt, Nick, Graham, and Sarah Ludmer.
Hi everybody!

Just a quick update on the B-Train.  The healing process continues as we approach the new year.  Brian is increasingly mobile, utilizing his wheelchair of justice and crutches of fortitude to maneuver around.  We were able to get him on a plane and fly him home for the holidays, which we were all thankful for.  I had some regrets about the decision when he ate the last doughnut out of the box this morning, but other than that we are all excited to have him home!!

We continue to be thankful for all of the love and support we have recieved from family and friends.  Brian has been blown away with all of the visits, letters, phone calls, messenger pigeons, and of course, the amount of contributions to this website.  With your help we can rebuild him...we have the technology.  We have the capacity to make the world's first bionic man!  His next appointment is on the 6th out in LA, and we're all hoping for good news!

Thank you all again for your love and support, and we wish you all a heppy new year!




11/24/2013
by Matt, Nick, Graham, and Sarah Ludmer.
Dear friends-
Brian is gradually gaining strength and mobility at home. He is able now to independently transfer from bed to wheelchair , and can hop on one foot a few paces with his walker.  He has actually enjoyed a couple of wheelchair trips outside of his apartment with the help of friends and family!!! 
We are, as ever, grateful to the many friends who visit, bringing BOARD GAMES, DVDs,  Posters and cards, food, and so much love and support.   Mom, is still at his side, assisting with dressing changes,  medications, meals, laundry,  ... and will be his biggest cheerleader when PT begins in earnest.  Brian- you are forwarned!
As Thanksgiving approaches, Brian and his family are all counting our blessings. We are thankful Brian is with us, that his injuries were not more severe, that the outlook for recovery is good. Last but not least,  we are grateful for family, friends, and the strength that network provides. 

We wish you all the happiest of Thanksgivings!

 


  




11/16/2013
by Matt, Nick, Graham, and Sarah Ludmer.

Dear friends-

We are so happy and excited! Brian was released from the hospital yesterday afternoon and transported via ambulance to his apartment.  He will have visiting nurses to provide wound care, and physical therapy at home to maintain strength and learn to manage activities of daily living while in wheel chair. He will gradually transition to using a walker or crutches, but cannot put weight on his right leg for about two months.  His surgical sites continue to heal well and pain management is improved. 
Comming home is a huge step and we are so grateful to all the doctors, nurses, and staff at both UCLA and Kaiser for their professional expertise, comprehensive thinking, and caring approach.  We attribute Brian's survival and the eventual full recovery of the use of his leg to them. Brian will continue to thank them in person... but really, there are no words.
Thank you also to all Brian's supporters... you are a great source of support and encouragement. Love to all!   






11/12/2013
by Matt, Nick, Graham, and Sarah Ludmer.
11-12-13 Moving forward! On Saturday, Brian underwent his third and most involved surgery which lasted eight hours, and was performed by his orthopedic and plastic surgeons together. Without going into too much detail, the orthopedic surgeon reconstructed Brian's shattered tibia with insertion of a titanium rod, and the plastic surgeon closed the wound by filling lost tissue space with muscle and skin grafts.  Brian has been confined to strict bedrest since surgery on Saturday, but we expect he will begin moving from bed to chair on Wednesday. Both surgeons are pleased with progress so far and, happily, plans for discharge are beginning to formulate.
The love Brian feels from friends, family, and website followers is tremendous, and so much appreciated.  Thank you for your ongoing support and the positive energy it provides.   




11/07/2013
by Matt, Nick, Graham, and Sarah Ludmer.

Brian's third surgery has been scheduled for Saturday morning.

Thank you all for your contniued support and well wishes!!

~Nicole Gil-Ludmer






11/06/2013
by Matt, Nick, Graham, and Sarah Ludmer.

Hello all!

Just a couple of updates:

Brian has been moved from UCLA Medical Center to Kaiser Permanente's Los Angeles Medical Center where he will have his next surgery.  This third surgery will be to insert a rod in his leg, and a possible dermal graft for the site of the exit wound.  We are still waiting to find out when this will take place--possibly tomorrow.

Thank you all for your conitnued support, kind words, and prayers for Brian and his family!  We are truly touched by everyone who has reached out to help Brian!  

~Nicole Gil-Ludmer






11/06/2013
by Matt, Nick, Graham, and Sarah Ludmer.

Hello all!

Just a couple of updates:

Brian has been moved from UCLA Medical Center to Kaiser Permanente where he will have his next surgery.  This third surgery will be to insert a rod in his leg, and a possible dermal graft for the site of the exit wound.  We are still waiting to find out when this will take place--possibly tomorrow.

Thank you all for your conitnued support, kind words, and prayers for Brian and his family!  We are truly touched by everyone who has reached out to help Brian!  

~Nicole Gil-Ludmer






11/06/2013
by Matt, Nick, Graham, and Sarah Ludmer.

Hello all!

Just a couple of updates:

Brian has been moved from UCLA Medical Center to Kaiser Permanente where he will have his next surgery.  This third surgery will be to insert a rod in his leg, and a possible dermal graft for the site of the exit wound.  We are still waiting to find out when this will take place--possibly tomorrow.

Thank you all for your conitnued support, kind words, and prayers for Brian and his family!  We are truly touched by everyone who has reached out to help Brian!  

~Nicole Gil-Ludmer






11/06/2013
by Matt, Nick, Graham, and Sarah Ludmer.

Just added a photo of Brian with the second officer who helped save Brian, got him out of the airport and to the ambulance!!!  Not enough words of thanks can be expressed to these amazing men!!  

Thank you so much!!!

~Nicole Gil-Ludmer






11/05/2013
by Matt, Nick, Graham, and Sarah Ludmer.

Brian's interview with ABC can be reached here:

http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/los_angeles&id=9314226

 

Also, a HUGE THANK YOU to Calabasas High School--over 1500 students and teachers had a walk out to honour Brian and to stop gun violence!!!  Your love and support is overwhelming and means so much to Brian and family!!

~Nicole Gil-Ludmer






11/05/2013
by Matt, Nick, Graham, and Sarah Ludmer.

Brian's interview with ABC can be reached here:

http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/los_angeles&id=9314226

 

Also, a HUGE THANK YOU to Calabasas High School--over 1500 students and teachers had a walk out to honour Brian and to stop gun violence!!!  Your love and support is overwhelming and means so much to Brian and family!!

~Nicole Gil-Ludmer






11/05/2013
by Matt, Nick, Graham, and Sarah Ludmer.

Check out these amazing pictures of Calabasas High School students, teachers, and family members that turned out for a walk out to honour Brian and protest gun violence!!  

http://www.scpr.org/news/2013/11/05/40210/lax-shooting-calabasas-high-students-rally-in-supp/?slide=1

So much love to all of you!!  Thank you for your incredible support and love!!!

~Nicole Gil-Ludmer






11/05/2013
by Matt, Nick, Graham, and Sarah Ludmer.
Take a look at the photo gallery!  Brian was up for a walk today!!

~Nicole Gil-Ludmer




11/05/2013
by Matt, Nick, Graham, and Sarah Ludmer.

We are all incredibly touched by your donations and support for Brian!!  Thank you all so much!

We've uploaded a picture of Officer Kris Jackson with Brian!  Officer Jackson was one of the two officers who pulled Brian out of the building!!  Thank you so much for risking your life to save Brian!!

Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers!

~Nicole Gil-Ludmer






11/04/2013
by Matt, Nick, Graham, and Sarah Ludmer.

First off, thank you all for the outpouring of support, prayers, and your donations!  We are incredibly touched by the generosity of Brian's family, friends, students, coworkers, and everyone else who has contributed!

As of right now, Brian's siblings and sister-in-law will be posting updates.  He will be posting updates once he has recovered a little more.

A quick update:

Brian met with the two police officers today who helped get him out of the airport and find medical assistance.  There are not enough words to convey the amount of gratitude we have to these two officers!

He had a successful second surgery today.  

Finally, his younger brother has made it out to LA to be with him.

We are humbled by your support and generosity, and ask you to continue to share Brian's story!

~Nicole Gil-Ludmer




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