This fundraiser is to help cover the rehabilitation and recovery expenses for Dylan Escobar. The sponsors are his aunt, Liz Escobar, his grandfather, Charlie Wirtz, and his foster dad, Christopher Sabec. Dylan will receive 100% of the money to defray any uncovered medical expenses as described below.
Dylan was hit by a bus in Buenos Aires, Argentina in the early morning hours of January 24, 2018 apparently due to driver error. The poor kid never saw it coming. Dylan suffered severe injuries, including a broken right femur, a fractured pelvis, and a severely lacerated left knee, shin, and ankle. As bad as it all sounds, we know that it could have been much, much worse. For that tender mercy, we are grateful.
Dylan had emergency surgery to repair the damage on Friday morning, which included inserting a rod into his femur. We are not sure if the rod is temporary or permanent at this time. The surgery was deemed successful by his doctors and now Dylan begins a long, tough road to full recovery. It will be hard to accomplish, but we all know he can!
While it is still early for a prognosis, the doctors are confident he will recover well, albeit slowly. They predict a recovery time of 12+ weeks, with the first eight weeks the most difficult as he will have zero weight bearing ability in the right leg.
Dylan wants to remain in Argentina for his recovery and rehabilitation. He is in Argentina for the last half of a one-year study abroad program with Pepperdine University. The accident occurred on the second day of his spring semester. Dylan hopes he can recover and rehabilitate, while at the same time continuing his studies.
Of course, if Dylan came back to Marin, he would have family who could step in and help him heal and manage his recovery. He understands this, but his choice is to do this on his own in Argentina. We want to honor his choice.
His Aunt Liz (a nurse) feels this is achievable, but feels Dylan will have to hire medical assistance for a few hours per day (at least the first 8 weeks) in the morning to help him with getting dressed, getting to school, and getting situated for school. Then in the evening getting him home and transitioned to bed. During the school day, Dylan may also need some help initially, but should become more independent as he heals, plus he will have a lot of students around to help him with small tasks.
Because of Dylan's medical insurance situation, he was not covered for medical insurance for this accident, but a catastrophic care policy kicked in and is paying for his surgery and hospital stay. The costs of the rehabilitation and any hired medical assistance will most likely have to be paid for by Dylan. We are conservatively estimating $500 per week for 8 weeks to cover a few hours per day of hired medical care assistance, Ubers to-and-from his homestay, and incidentals.
We know you have all generously supported Dylan as he broke free of his challenging childhood, explored the world around him, and stepped boldly into adulthood, and we hesitated to come to the well again. But these are extenuating circumstances for an extraordinary young man. Please help if you can.
Finally, above all else, we believe in the supernatural power of prayer. We welcome and encourage you to pray for Dylan and his healing as he navigates this life-altering event.