Monday, August 22, 2011

Archive photo of the day: Recovery

Recovery by The Bacher Family
Recovery, a photo by The Bacher Family on Flickr.
I'm posting this photo today because, and I still can't quite believe it myself, our family is featured on NBC's Today Show this morning, part of a story about the 5100 children every year who fall out of windows in the United States. This is one of our two most iconic photo from our own accident.

More than six years after the fact, this photo still brings a lump to my throat.

On the evening of July 5, 2005, unbeknownst to my wife and me, our sons David and Daniel were sitting on their second floor bedroom window sill watching the neighbors set off fireworks. One of them leaned against the window screen and they both went tumbling out, falling 15 feet to the concrete patio below. David, age 7 at the time, landed flat and was hospitalized for just three days. Daniel, 5, landed on his head and sustained a closed skull fracture and traumatic brain injury, was life-flighted, spent three days in a coma and three weeks in the hospital, and spent more than a year in physical and occupational therapy. He still struggles with minor impairments, including reduced dexterity in the fingers of his right hand, but overall made a remarkable recovery with the help of doctors at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma and Children's Hospital of Seattle. This photo captures his indomitable spirit about two and a half weeks after the accident.

Please, if you're reading this and have children in a house with second-floor windows, make sure they have child safety locks. They are so inexpensive, and such an easy way to prevent your own family from having to take photos like this -- or worse.

Here's the other "iconic" image from Daniel's time in the hospital, this one taken by my mother, of my father holding Daniel at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital shortly after he came out of his coma.

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