A Go Fund Me camapign has been set up for a Vernon man who suffered a serious head injury. But the circumstances surrounding how he was injured are not currently known.
Around 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27, Darrell Moulsdale was walking home with groceries when something happened to him that resulted in a smashed skull, seizures, bleeding and a major brain injury.
Some speculate he was attacked, others believe it was caused by a fall. A passerby found him and called for help.
“We are grateful for this kind stranger who pulled over to help. She and a few others are why he is alive right now,” said Pam Fraser Grimm, a friend of Moulsdale. “We have set up a Go Fund Me (campaign) to help cover costs for him and his family who are trying to get here from Ontario.”
According to Grimm and the Go Fund Me page, Moulsdale does not recall what happened. He moved to Vernon from Kelowna about six months ago to work as a welder. Friends said he won’t return to work until his head and injuries are healed and he hopes his memory and abilities return.
It has been more than a week since the incident occurred and friends of Moulsdale said their main goal is to seek witnesses of the incident, which took place in the 2500-block of 32nd Ave. Anyone with information is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I should really state our hope is for an appeal for anyone who might have seen what happened,” said Grimm. “We have no idea how he got such a severe head injury. Medically, it would be helpful to know if he passed out or was having a seizure prior to falling, or did the fall cause the seizure?”
Moulsdale is still currently being treated at the Kelowna General Hospital.
“He is out of (the) life-threatening stage but has a long road to recovery ahead. He is struggling with his walking and speech, deaf in his left ear and his vision is impacted. He won’t be able to live independently or return to any kind of work for some time,” said Grimm.
She also noted donations from the camapign will cover his living expenses to keep his home, for travel expenses for his family to come from Ontario, as well as upcoming medical expenses that won’t be covered by benefits.
As of Tuesday, May 7, the Go Fund Me had raised more than $2,600 towards its final goal of $6,000.
Anyone interested in donating can visit, gofundme.com/zdefvy-help-darrell-recover.
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