Help with Medical Expenses for Anderson William

For: Anderson William
Organizer: Sara Frey
Help with Medical Expenses for Anderson William (Anderson William)
of $15,000 goal
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Raised by 80 donors

The Story

Let me tell you about my brother, Anderson William (or Mark as he's known to family).  He's one of the most selfless persons I know.  The type of person who would give you the shirt off his back.  And his shoes, pants, etc.  He gives so much to others.  And is now in need of help himself.  

On Thursday, February 8, Anderson sustained a traumatic injury to his left hand after a table saw kicked back the wood he was sawing and drew his hand in.  The damage was extensive (trust me, I've seen the pictures!).  He was taken to a local hospital, but they could not handle this level of trauma.  He was ultimately airlifted to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO (5 hours away) where he was whisked into surgery.  Surgery lasted over 8 hours and involved 4 surgeons working on his hand at the same time.  The surgery required repair of numerous blood vessels, tendons, and nerves.  Vessels were grafted from his foot.  By God's grace, they were able to save the two fingers which were almost severed.  Blood flow was restored and has remained.  The doctors have every hope that he will have a full recovery, but he has a long road ahead of him.  

Mark is an actor/musician who makes ends meet as a carpenter.  Needless to say, his hands are his livelihood. Without use of his hand for the foreseeable future, he won't be able to work.  Medical expenses are building up and will only increase.  There  will be expenses related to traveling back and forth to St. Louis (which is a 5 hour drive from where he is currently living) for follow-ups.  He will need months of therapy to regain use of his hand (which will likely not be covered by his medical coverage). In addition, for the past several months, Mark and his girlfriend have been living on a farm in rural Missouri building their Tiny House on Wheels to fulfill their dream of traveling around the country for a year.  Mark was injured while working on the house.  That will obviously need to be put on hold and they may need to hire help to finish it. And because there are no hand specialists where they are currently living, they may need to move the house to California to get the best specialized care he can.  

Funds raised will go towards these medical, travel, and living expenses during Mark's recovery.   

Thank you - Anderson/Mark's family and friends

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 20, 2018

Posted on February 20, 2018

UPDATE!  Anderson/Mark and Amanda made the 5 hour trek to St Louis yesterday for a follow up with the surgeons at Barnes-Jewish.  They took off the dressing and Mark got the first look at his hand since the injury.  Let’s just say he will have one heck of a scar!!  Stitches will still be in for a few weeks.  The good news is he still has great blood flow to his fingers!!!  The not so good news is he has been having some pretty intense nerve pain, which is to be expected.  And while he is doing great, the doctor told him yesterday it will still be a good 6 months before he can work or do any work on the tiny house. So decisions will need to be made in the next few weeks about next steps. 

Mark and Amanda will need to return again to St Louis in 2 weeks for another follow up. In the meantime, he has begun some passive physical therapy. It’s important to keep some movement to avoid scar tissue adhesions.

On behalf of Mark and his family, we are overwhelmed with the generous support you all have shown!  It has meant so much to Mark to hear from everyone.  For a guy who is used to being very active and on the go, it has been hard for him to have to sit back.  Feel free to send him a note, or Netflix recommendation, book recommendatio, funny memes, jokes, etc!!

Thank you all ❤️❤️❤️

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