On Sunday, August 27th Brian Jung, suffered a serious spinal cord injury which resulted in partial paralysis. Day by day, he has regained improved mobility in his arms and feeling in his chest, yet he has no sensation in his legs, and his future remains uncertain.
Brian and his girlfriend Kristin Demboski were on a pontoon boat with friends at Cherry Creek State Park in Colorado when he dove into shallow water, hitting his head and severely damaging several vertebrae. He immediately experienced numbness from his chest down while under the water. Despite so many things going wrong with the situation, there were many fortunate events that saved Brian’s life. Within 30 seconds of seeing Brian go under the water his friend Chris pulled him up assuring he never swallowed water or lost oxygen to his brain. Through the quick reactions of registered nurse friends Sarah Jane and Jen, Brian was rushed via ambulance to Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colorado, a hospital renowned for trauma and spinal cord injury.
After the CT scan and MRI revealed several fractured vertebrae, Brian underwent an 8-hour emergency surgery to relieve the pressure from his injured spinal cord, remove the damaged vertebrae and stabilize and fuse together his spine. Kristin, her mother Sharon, Brian’s parents, siblings, and friends rushed to his side.
Since the surgery, there have been many positive steps forward. Brian regained partial feeling in both arms and chest just hours after the operation. He was breathing and talking without medical assistance within one day. With the help of daily physical therapy, his arm movements and grip have been rapidly improving. His determination is relentless, and he is on a regular food diet. However, his lower body has been slower to respond.
Although medical staff are highly encouraged by Brian’s fast paced progress, they are quick to emphasize that Brian still has a very long road to recovery and his difficult journey will continue at Craig Hospital - a rehabilitation center providing specialty care for spinal cord injuries. With Kristin, friends, and family by his side throughout his treatment at Craig, Brian will receive rehab that focuses aggressively on working both physically and psychologically. During his time in the facility he will maximize his neurological recovery, to return home as independent and productive as possible, prepared to resume his life. There will be a tremendous amount of medical expenses as Brian adapts to his new lifestyle, medical equipment, medications & supplies are just some of the costs and for that reason, we are starting a YouCaring Campaign. Our goal is to raise $100,000 as a start.
Brian continues to impress us and the hospital staff with his strength and positive outlook. Of course, this should come as no surprise to anyone that knows him, as he has always faced each day with courage, kindness, and adventure. Brian grew up in Oswego, New York. In 2008 he achieved a B.A.S degree in Music & Entertainment Industry Studies from the University Colorado, Denver. At age 35 he currently lives in Denver with Kristin, their roommate Patrick, and their 3 pups; Carlos, Chloe, and Remy. He plays percussion in the band Dirt and works as a Project Manager for Renewal By Anderson. Brian is the kind of person that would drop anything to help a friend no matter what the situation. He’s got a smile that continues to light up the room and an unwavering sense of humor. For these reasons and many more, let’s come together and show this unbelievable man our love and support.
YouCaring donations to Brian are made through WePay. If you'd like to send a check directly please click "Contact The Organizer" for the P.O. Box address.
Thank you in advance for your contributions, prayers, and encouragement.
- With Love -
Brian’s Friends & Family