As many of you know, Ben Wing was in a serious car accident on Saturday, July 16, 2022. He was life-flighted to the hospital in critical shape. Ben suffered a traumatic brain injury, a broken femur, a broken hip, and several injuries to his liver and spleen. He was taken to surgery within 20 minutes of arriving in the emergency room to stop the bleeding in his abdomen. Ben has received 28 units of blood. That is more than enough blood to replace your body’s supply five times!!
Since the night of the accident, Ben has had another abdominal surgery that was very successful, as well as a successful femur repair surgery. He has been weaned off sedation, and we are now praying for his level of consciousness to increase. On Thursday, July 28th, the doctors were able to extubate Ben, and he has been able to breathe on his own ever since! He was also able to give the nurses a thumbs-up on command! The nurses and Doctors have reminded us over and over again that this is a marathon, not a sprint.
One thing to know about Ben is that he is passionate about giving blood. When our Grandma died, Ben made it his mission to donate enough blood to replenish the 12 units she had received. We are hearing from lots of people, asking about ways they can help Ben. Given his desire to help others, we want to organize a campaign to get as much blood as possible donated for people in need in Ben’s name. Our family would LOVE to tell Ben when he wakes up fully that not only have the 28 units of blood he received been donated back, but many more units have been donated in his honor as well!