Upon getting a phone call that his girlfriend’s stolen car had been spotted on Mathews Drive, Chris Roach headed out to find the car and recover the keys. Little did he know this would be the day that changed his life. Chris and his girlfriend, Christine, rushed out of the house and headed towards where the car was last seen. They spotted the car leaving the Bi-lo parking lot and blocked the vehicle with Chris’ car. They both approached the car which had two men inside. There, Chris reached into the car through the passenger window to take the keys out of the ignition. When he did this, the passenger punched Chris in the face and held his arm in the car while the car sped off in reverse dragging him through the parking lot. When the passenger dropped him, Chris was run over by the vehicle’s tire and his face was crushed by the transmission under the car. Christine was right there and had to watch all this happen.
At the hospital he was put into an induced coma for three days, ICU a week, intermediate care for 2 days and in a regular room for 5 days. He had collapsed lungs which required tubes in both chest cavities. Chris was unable to breathe on his own for a week so was placed on a respirator to breathe; was fed through a tube for a week. Additionally an epidural was placed in his spine for pain but slipped and left his right side paralyzed for 3 hours so it was removed. He had a catheter placed in his penis and a tube to pump stomach contents, but both are removed now. He is still on a soft diet because his teeth are maligned. Follow-up surgery on his mouth once trauma on chest heals is likely. He is looking at 3 months’ minimum recovery time. Chris will need counseling and physical therapy within those 3 months.
In total so far, Chris has over $350,000 in medical bills in addition to his personal bills as well. Chris has 23 broken bones total: five bone fractures in his left eye orbital and three in the right. He also broke both sinuses and his nose. Every rib on the left side of his body is broken and three ribs on the right with 2 flailed. He’s looking at months of recovery and surgery but is going to make a full recovery once all the procedures are completed.
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