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Sherry & Don have been together since they met in Fort St. John in 1994. In 1995, Don was in a car accident where he sustained a spinal cord injury and was left a paraplegic. He was flown to Vancouver where he was in the hospital and rehabilitation for 4 months. After rehabilitation, they lived in southern BC for many years as it is close to medical care for Don and also easier for him to live life in a wheelchair without the harsh winters we get here. In 2009, they moved back to Fort St. John to be near family.
In 2010, Don contracted a life threatening infection and was sent to Vancouver for treatment which included several surgeries and skin grafts. The surgeries were only partly successful and he was left with an open wound. Doctors thought it would heal but it never did. This open wound affected his overall health and he has been unwell for periods of time since then and has had many infections. He continued to work during this time but had to reduce his work schedule. Last year, he suffered another life threatening infection due to the open wound and was in the hospital again. Doctors finally decided they needed to do another reconstructive surgery to try and correct this. This time, it was more extensive than the first.
On Feb 17th, 2015 they received a call that his surgery was scheduled for the following day in Vancouver. They scrambled to make arrangements for him to go, but decided that she would stay and continue working as they cannot afford to lose her wages or to cover the expenses for her to go and be with him right now.
He has been in the Burn & Plastics Unit for 1 month and just recently transferred to GF Strong Rehabilitation. He is very weak and needs to build up strength. He has an active infection which they are having a hard time to get rid of. Being in this place brings back memories of when he was first paralyzed in the car accident 20 years ago. This is the same place he went for Rehabilitation at that time also. I really need to be there to help him through this.