On Thursday, November 17, Paul and Susan had only driven their Prius 2 blocks from their home when they were crashed into at high speed on a residential street. The Nissan Altima causing the crash was involved in a rolling gun battle with an SUV. The Prius took most of the impact, critically injuring Paul and seriously injuring Susan. Emergency responders used the Jaws of Life to extract Paul from the car. His heart had stopped and he was crushed from the neck down. Susan suffered broken bones and torn ligaments in the arm, leg, ribs, and spine. Both victims were rushed to Highland Hospital in Oakland where Paul received emergency surgery to save his life.
Paul is hanging on by a thread in the ICU. He was placed in a medically induced coma due to the extent of his injuries. The doctors have spared some the horrifying details, but we know his heart has stopped at least twice. So far, Paul has had two major surgeries and has had pins or rods installed in his legs and hip to stabilize them temporarily until they can be operated on. We know he will need at least one more surgery to repair damage in the chest and abdomen. Fortunately, his brain appears to be uninjured.
Susan is in fair condition. Her right arm is broken in 2 places and is in a cast. Her right leg and ankle are broken and will require surgery to repair in the next few days. The broken ribs cause difficulty breathing.
On Saturday, Susan was wheeled down to see Paul for the first time since the crash. Paul was temporarily removed from sedation and was able to squeeze Susan's hand. Paul cannot speak due to intubation. He could hear Susan's voice and knows that she is ok and family is by his side.
However, Susan's medical insurance wants to move her to a Kaiser hospital in another city. Family and hospital staff have had to fight to keep Susan near her husband. Kaiser has confirmed that they will refuse to cover 100% of the medical costs, including the upcoming surgery on her leg and the entire hospital stay since being moved from the ER to acute care if she wants to stay near Paul. We are all shocked by Kaiser's callousness and total disregard which is causing Susan severe distress. This could also cause life threatening distress for Paul. It is unconscionable to force Susan to move away from her husband and family over money. If she were in another hospital during this critical time, she could not communicate with her husband and would not be able to be by his side if his condition turns for the worse. Kaiser has expressed zero sympathy for the situation.
I told Susan not to worry, I will figure out a way to cover the expenses. I am the daughter in-law of Susan and Paul. When I married their daughter last year, they were full of so much love and happiness for us. I have never felt so accepted and loved in my life. They warmly welcomed me into their family. I love them dearly and will do everything in my power to protect and care for them.
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