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WRECK HAPPENED ON EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 23,2000. ON HWY 80 AND GALLOWAY IN MESQUITE, TEXAS

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WAS TAKEN TO BAYLOR UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER OF DALLAS, ON GASTON. DR. FREUDIGMAN PREFORMED EMERGENCY SUGERY TO REPAIR MY LEGS AND I WENT INTO A COMA AND STAYED IN IT FOR 3 WEEKS AND 3 DAYS ON A RESPIRATOR IN ICU.

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LIST OF MY INJURIES:
1. BROKEN RIGHT FEMUR WITH 1 INCH REMOVED BECAUSE IT WAS SHATTERED INTO PIECES. HAS MEDAL ROD.
2. BROKEN LEFT FEMUR JUST ABOVE THE KNEE. HAS MEDAL PLATE AND SCREWS .
3. PELVIS BROKEN IN 9 PLACES.
4. STERNUM BROKEN IN 2 PLACES
5. DEVELOPED HETEROTOPIC BONE FORMATION AT ALL BREAK SITES. NEEDS TO BE REMOVED BUT IS VERY DIFFICULT SURGERY AND REHAB.
6. HETEROTOPIC BONE FORMATION ON RIGHT LEG IS NOW THE SIZE OF A LARGE GRAEFRUIT AND WILL NOT ALLOW MY RIGHT KNEE TO BEND.
7. THE 1 INCH THAT WAS REMOVED FORM RIGHT LEG HAS CAUSED LOTS OF BACK PAIN AND PROBLEMS.
8. LEFT FOOT IS DROPPED AND CAUSES LOTS OF PAIN, DUE TO PRESSURE POINTS.
9. LEFT FOOT IS PERMANENTLY PARALIZED AND TURNED OUTWARD.
 

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JUNE 17,2000
WAS MOVED OVER TO BAYLOR INSTITUTE FOR REHABILITATION FOR EXTENSIVE PHYSICAL REHAB.

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JULY 8,2000
FINALLY RELEASED FROM REHAB IN-PATIENT. MUST GO TO OUT-PATIENT REHAB 3 TIMES A WEEK FOR 4 HOURS A DAY, TILL RELEASED BY DR. FREUDIGMAN.

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DECEMBER 19,2000
HAD APPOINTMENT WITH DR. FREUDIGMAN,HE
FINALLY RELEASED ME FROM GOING TO OUT-PATIENT REHAB.

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APRIL 3,2001
DR.FREUDIGMAN FINALLY RELEASED ME. I STILL NEED TO HAVE THE SURGERIES ON MY LEGS TO REMOVE THE HETEROTOPIC BONE FORMATION, BUT I AM RELEASED. I ONLY NEED TO COME IN IF I AM HAVING A PROBLEM.

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SEPTEMBER 21,2001
HAVE A PROBLEM WITH MY LEFT FOOT. MADE APPOINTMENT WITH DR. FREUDIGMAN. SENSE I HAVE LOST MY MEDICAID AND HAVE NOT GOT MY SSI YET. HE SET ME UP WITH THE ORTHOPAEDIC CLINIC IN BAYLOR. HE RUNS IT AND WILL BE THERE IF I NEED HIM. THEY HAVE TO MAKE APPOINTMENT AND CALL ME.

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SEPTEMBER 28,2001
HAD APPOINTMENT WITH THE ORTHO OUT-PATIENT CLINIC AT BAYLOR. THE PROBLEM WITH MY FOOT IS THAT MY FOOT HAS FLOPPED OR DROPPED. I HAVE NO ARCH ANYMORE. AND THE WAY I STAND ON MY BONES IS CAUSING PRESSURE POINTS AND THEY ARE MAKING SORES. HAVE TO COME BACK IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS.

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OCTOBER 12,2001
HAVE A RECHECK APPOINTMENT. FOOT LOOKS MUCH BETTER. HAVE TO KEEP PUTTING THE MEDICATION ON IT AND SOAKING IT. RECHECK IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS.

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OCTOBER 26,2001
RECHECK APPOINTMENT AT THE ORTHO OUT-PATIENT CLINIC. FOOT LOOKS GREAT. BUT THE SORES WILL PROBABLY KEEP SHOWING UP, IF SO DO THE SAME THING WITH THEM. NO MORE RECHECKS NEEDED.

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JUNE 28,2002
MADE APPOINTMENT WITH THE ORTHO OUT-PATIENT CLINIC BECAUSE OF A PROBLEM WITH SWELLING IN BOTH LEGS. MORE THE RIGHT THAN THE LEFT.  WAS SENT TO GET A SONOGRAM TO SEE IF I HAD A BLOOD CLOT. I DID NOT. I HAVE SEVER CELLULITIS IN BOTH LEGS. CELLULITIS IS A BACTERIAL INFECTION OF THE SKIN. I HAVE TO WAIT TILL JULY 1ST TO CALL AND SEE WHAT THEY WANT TO DO TO TREAT ME.

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July 5,2002
CALLED DOCTORS OFFICE TO SEE IF TEST RESULTS WERE IN YET ON MY SONAGRAM. THEY WERE NOT. I WAS TOLD TO KEEP MY APPOINTMENT AT THE ORTHO CLINIC AT 12:00pm ON JULY 12,2002. I WAS ALSO TOLD TO GET PLENTY OF REST, KEEP WEARING THE STOCKING ON MY LEGS, AND NOT TO BE ON MY FEET MORE THAN 3 HOURS A DAY... TOTAL!

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JULY 12,2002
WENT TO RECHECK APPOINTMENT WITH THE ORTHO CLINIC. TEST RESULTS WERE BACK AND I FOR SURE DID NOT HAVE A BLOOD CLOT. HE ALSO SAID I DID NOT HAVE SERVER CELLULITIS LIKE THE RADIOLOGIST THOUGHT. HE SAID WHAT THEY SAW WAS PROBABLY TRAUMATIZED TISSUE AND MY SCAR AND SKIN GRAPH TISSUE. HE SAID THE SWELLING WAS DUE JUST TO THE TRAUMA TO MY TISSUE AND SKIN. I WILL HAVE THIS FOREVER. IT MIGHT GET BETTER AT TIMES BUT IT WILL ALWAYS COME BACK. I HAVE TO LEARN TO GET USED TO IT AND DEAL WITH IT THE BEST I CAN. I WAS TOLD TO STAY OFF MY FEET AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AND KEEP WEARING THE STOCKINGS ON MY LEGS, DAY AND NIGHT, ALWAYS AND FOREVER!!! NO RECHECKS NEEDED UNLESS I HAVE ANOTHER PROBLEM...

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SEPTEMBER 10, 2002
 
TODAY I HAD MY SSI HEARING. IT WAS FOUND THAT I AM 100% DISABLED. I HAVE TO WAIT TO GET THE JUDGES LETTER SO I CAN START COLLECTING MY BENIFITS. NOW MAYBE I CAN GET MY MEDICATIONS BACK AND HAVE THE SURGERY THAT I STILL NEED.

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October 24, 2002
Got letter from Social Security Administration Judge that states that I have been approved for SSI. Should hear from them soon to get benifts going. Can't wait to get Medicaid back, so I can go to the doctor...

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December 19, 2002
Still have not received a call or anything from the SSI office. I am still waiting for my benifits to start.
Having trouble with very sever swelling again and pain. Could really use the Medicaid right now! Not to mention the check!!!

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FEBRUARY 5, 2003
Finally got a phone call from the Dallas SS office. We did a phone interview. I have to fill out another small form and send her in some papers within 10 working days. Then my case will be sent to be overlooked by a group of workers to figure out how much money I will get per month and in back pay. It should take a few more months. Can't wait! I want that Medicaid so I can go to the doctor without having to worry about how to pay for it...

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April 2, 2003
 
Called lawyer to find out if he had heard anything about my case, sense I have yet to receive my origianl papers back from them. He called the SSI office and was told that they never received the papers that I send to them over a month ago. He is supposed to call me back tomorrow after he finds out more about what is going on. He said they could find them, and that sometimes this happens. He also said if they don't find them I will have to do my phone interview and send the papers all over again. God I am so sick of all of this. It's like they are trying to get me to give up after all this time.
As soon as I hear something I will post it here.

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April 3, 2003
Just got a call from the lawyers office. They had just got a call from the SS office. They lady processing my case found my papers... I should hear something within a few weeks... Thank GOD!!

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April 19, 2003
My advocate Lisa at MADD found me a very special man that was willing to help me with my need to get a wheelchair. Now I can go to my childrens school and gymnastic events, as well as be able to go to the mall and everything else I have missed out on in the last three years...
THANK YOU SO MUCH to Lisa from Metroplex MADD chapter, Susan from Metoroplex MADD chapter and and A SPECIAL THANK YOU to John from THE HEALTHCARE STORE in Hurst Texas...

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SEPTEMBER 29, 2003
 
SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION FINALLY CAME THRU. I GOT MY PAPER WORK BACK. SHOULD GET THE FIRST PART OF MY BACK PAYMENTS SOON.
 

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NOVEMBER 1st, 2003
 
FINALLY GOT MY FIRST SSI MONTHLY PAYMENT AND MEDICAID CARD.

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