Antoinette & Dylan Richardson - Cop fighting for his health after accident on duty
- By: Ashleigh Stanley
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/dylan-and-antoinette-richardson
UPDATE 28 JUNE:
Thank you to everyone who has supported this worthy cause so far. You have really made a huge difference in this family's day-to-day life. They have been able to make payments to many monthly bills, which were piling up dangerously, as well as allowing Antoinette and their daughter to visit Dylan during his hospital stays. You have also assisted in transporting them back and forth to the hospital for check-ups.
The last check-up was on Wednesday, 22 June 2022. The doctor has reported that, finally, Dylan is free of all signs of infection. Since the start of the campaign, he has had 2 more surgeries, during which more infected bone was removed and replaced with a surgical "cement" like substance in order to try to keep the leg proportionally correct.
The cage remains on his leg and needs to be adjusted regularly to encourage bone growth, and the goal is for the bone to regrow as such onto and around the cement insert. As you can imagine, each adjustment is massively painful for Dylan. Forgive me if I am not using all the medically correct terminology. To date, no significant bone growth has been achieved, but the fact that he is now infection free is in and of itself massive progress.
Dylan is likely to need a great deal of rehab and about another 4 surgeries potentially. They also found a spinal issue on 22 June, for which he needs a CT scan within the next month or so.
Again, a huge thank you to all who have assisted so far. Every single cent means the world.
Hi, I am Ashleigh, I am doing this for an amazing family of 3 who has been through hell back. Update 11th June 2022, we would like to thank each and every single person who has assisted so far, from the bottom of our hearts. Every cent raised has helped more than you know.
An update on Dylan's health, he has had two more surgeries since the first writing of this plea. He faces another 4 (minimum) to go, as well as physio & rehab at the end of that. He now has a cage around the leg and screws and cement supports, due to the amount of infected bone the doctors have had to remove. Thankfully the infection seems to be clearing up at long last. There is little bone fusion at the last check up this week, so we have a long way to go. The cage and wounds are cleaned and dressed daily by Antoinette and adjusted to encourage the bone to grow, this as you can imagine equates to excruciating pain for Dylan. Antoinette has also been told she needs to have spinal surgery urgenly, but that is just not possible at this point.
Dylan, a policeman for the SAPS Motorbike Unit in Pietermaritzburg. A man always putting his life on the line day in and day out for us all. In July 2020, he was involved in a massive accident, on Roberts Road. A vehicle came to a sudden dead stop in front of him, with no brake lights or warning.
Subsequently, he hit the back of her car and flew over the car landing around 50m up the road into oncoming traffic. A bystander ran to help Dylan.
Who was bleeding out due to a broken bone protruding through the leg, used his belt as a tourniquet to slow the bleeding and likely saved his life.
Dylan asked for his wife and lost consciousness. Antoinette was at this time still recovering from her last knee surgery, they managed to get there, crutches and all.
Dylan was unconscious but when he heard his wife shouting his name managed to open his eyes briefly. The paramedics stated that his shoulder was broken and dislocated, his forearm was broken and his elbow dislocated. His hip, knee and left ankle were also dislocated and obviously broken due to the bone sticking out of his leg.
He was taken to the Mediclinic. Due to Covid, Antoinette was unable to go in with him, she completed forms along with a police report with Dylan's then-partner from the motorbike unit.
Dylan having x-rays and awaiting the doctor. She was allowed 5 minutes with him and was so unbelievably grateful for him being conscious.
He went into a coma for a few days. The Orthopedic doctor on Duty operated on the leg, adding pins, plates and screws. He said it was a very severe injury and had done what he could. However, the bone was still
sticking out of his leg just below the knee.
Antoinette saw her Orthopedic doctor for a follow-up and begged him to take over Dylan’s case, which thankfully he did, as he found the first doctor had missed a number of breaks, which had been left untreated.
The bone was debrided of debris, and a part of his left shoulder bone that was not binding was removed. Further complications arose as Dylan’s leg became heavily infected.
He remained unable to walk, stand or do anything for himself. There was a real danger of amputating the leg. The surgeon did as much as he could to control the infection and manage Dylan's pain.
Dylan went for the next surgery in February 2022, which is a cage and metal pins into the leg to keep the bones stable. This is his 4th major surgery to keep his leg. This was a 6 hours surgery due to more complications.
The cage is to realign the leg and assist with bone fusion and stability of the leg. They had to remove 5cm of bone, which was too badly infected to be saved. Swabs were taken and sent for testing.
He is able to move around in a wheelchair now, but is in a great deal of pain and is still unable to do the basics for himself, like bathing/dressing and using the bathroom. He has 5 more surgeries to go
During this time the family have had very little support, bar a few close friends, which they hugely appreciate. Their main support is one another. They are living on his very reduced Injury on Duty salary, which is not sufficient for their monthly needs.
Antoinette is unable to work due to her injuries as well as her being
Dylan’s primary and only caretaker 24/7
Thank you all!
- Jul 01, 2022 - USD $ 40.05
- "Love you guys! <3 Stay strong!" - Holden
- Jun 24, 2022 - R 200.00
- "Stay strong and will keep the faith" - Shane Cox
- Jun 22, 2022 - USD $ 31.40
- "Wishing you a speedy recovery" - Steph
- Jun 03, 2022 - R 200.00
- "Thinking of you guys." - Gina Bower
- May 27, 2022 - R 500.00
- "We are praying for you to get better soon. The world needs heros like you. God Bless" - Wendy
- May 21, 2022 - USD $ 105.66
- "Big love to you both. Trusting for happier & healthier times ahead." - A
- May 21, 2022 - USD $ 40.00
- "Love you guys please get well" - Holden
- May 15, 2022 - R 200.00
- "I will donote monthly to assist until we reach the target" - Shane Cox
- Apr 22, 2022 - R 200.00
- "All the best with your recovery." - Edouard de Villiers
- Apr 22, 2022 - R 5 000.00
- "Get well … from an ex biker" - NP
- Apr 20, 2022 - USD $ 6.68
- "Love From Germany and a speedy recovery! I know KZN , got relatives there! May God bless you! " - Michael Wiebe
- Apr 20, 2022 - R 500.00
Praying for a full recovery" - Patrick
- Apr 18, 2022 - USD $ 34.12
- "May you both have a quick and complete recovery " - Jake Shepherd
- Apr 17, 2022 - USD $ 13.66
- "God bless you " - Rael
- Apr 16, 2022 - USD $ 136.56
- "Stay strong Dylan ... I'm so sorry for all you and your family are going through ... wishing you a speedy recovery so we all get to see you at our "Class Reunion" next year!" - Debbie Warr
- Apr 16, 2022 - R 200.00
- "Stay strong. This too shall pass xxxx love Inger" - Ings
- Apr 16, 2022 - USD $ 100.00
- "Thank you for your service" - Rob Zeilinga
- Apr 16, 2022 - R 1 000.00
- "Get Well soon!" - Nicola Krause
- Apr 16, 2022 - USD $ 125.00
- "Get better, brother. " - Sean Quirk
- Apr 16, 2022 - USD $ 130.39
- "Hope the little I can give can help. " - Fabian - Woodelf
- Apr 15, 2022 - USD $ 99.88
- "I know the amount is weird, but it’s the conversion from US dollars. Hope this helps your family. Much love! " - Rachael
- Apr 15, 2022 - R 200.00
- "Wish I could do more to help your family Ants thinking of you all xx" - Mandy
- Apr 14, 2022 - R 100.00
It's so litte bt I hope it helps. All the best with your recovery and backabuddy" - Lelane
- Apr 12, 2022 - USD $ 102.80
- "Tough times. Thinking of you and hope this helps somewhat." - John Blakemore