Cyclist Ryan Brown severely injured in Spring collision
This is an update to this post. Alexandria, Virginia resident, MacArthur parent, and cyclist Ryan Brown was severely injured in a crash on Thursday, May 5th. A YouCaring page was setup to help the family with medical expenses during Ryan’s recovery.
Now, a new update from Mr. Brown’s wife Jessica. Ryan has now been released from the hospital and faces a LONG road ahead. A new crowd funding page has been setup to help the family with the cost of Ryan’s recovery.
I wanted to give you all an update on Ryan Brown, the cyclist who was hit by a car at Duke and West Taylor on May 5, 2016. You donated to the initial fund set up to help with medical expenses and I wanted to let you know how much your donation is appreciated and how far Ryan has come since then as there were only a few updates to the donation site earlier in May.
After the crash, Ryan was taken to GW University Hospital and remained there for nearly four weeks as he gradually emerged from his coma. He suffered a traumatic brain injury involving bleeds in multiple areas of his brain along with a broken upper right arm, broken right leg, and broken neck. He was admitted to National Rehabilitation Hospital early in June where he began receiving daily receiving physical, occupational, and speech therapy to help him regain lost skills. Upon entry Ryan was barely able to speak, could not feed himself, could not walk or hardly move his own body, and could not perform any self care tasks. Ryan was released from the hospital this past Friday, September 2nd. He can now walk with assistance as he still lacks some balance and his vision is impaired, though improving. He speaks clearly and as well as can be expected while still having issues with breath control, intonation, and organization. He can perform most daily self care tasks with assistance and supervision. Overall, he has made great gains in the past four months and is doing exceptionally well considering the severity of his injury. He started outpatient therapy today at Mount Vernon Inova Rehab and we are still hopeful that he will be able to return to many, if not all of the things he loved to do, though it is expected to take many more months.
To help with his ongoing recovery costs, the family has set up a new donation site at https://www.youcaring.com/ryanbrownrecovery You can see photos of Ryan’s recovery process on this site as well as get continued updates on his progress. Please spread the word by sharing it!
Thank you again for support in Ryan’s recovery journey. We could not do this without the outpouring of support we have had from family, friends, and the community!
Ryan, Jessica, Peter, and Ned Brown
If you can, please consider donating to an injured fellow Alexandrian. I did, and I hope you will too.
(PHOTO of injured cyclist Ryan Brown and his family from the YouCaring page set up by friends and family.)