Roatan Rallies to Aid Injured Youth
Friends, Benefactors Donate to Help Traffic Accident Victim Save Leg

October 1st, 2013
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A Sandy Bay youth badly injured in an August road accident still held out hope at press time of keeping his leg thanks to donations from friends and well-wishers.

Danny Bennett’s leg after an operation to repair damage from an August traffic accident that left it shattered into six pieces. (photo courtesy Maricella Welcome)

Danny Bennett’s leg after an operation to repair damage from an August traffic accident that left it shattered into six pieces. (photo courtesy Maricella Welcome)

Danny Bennett, 19, lay in hospital in Tegucigalpa undergoing dialysis and awaiting a third operation on the leg.

According to Maricella Welcome, a friend of Bennett’s, Bennett was returning home from West End with friends on three scooters about 3 a.m. when a car with no headlights came at them around a curve near Lawson Rock. Bennett, who had a rider on back, swerved to avoid the car but struck it. His bike flew into the air and came down on top of his left leg, breaking it into six pieces.

Bennett was rushed to Roatan Hospital, where he was given 12 pints of blood. Doctors told his parents they would have to operate on the leg immediately to save it. But the hospital did not have the necessary pins, plates and screws.

Welcome and Dale Rickman went on Facebook to seek contributions from friends. They raised $3,700, enough to pay for two surgeries. But Bennett’s kidneys began to fail, and he needed to be transferred to Hospital Escuela in Tegucigalpa. More donations came in, including from several island businesses and individuals from as far away as the US and Canada, many of whom did not even know Bennett.

As of late September, Welcome said Bennett was doing better, but doctors in Tegucigalpa said that the bone was not doing well, that the leg might have to be amputated below the knee and that he would need another operation.

“To this day it’s still up in the air if they’re gonna be able to save the leg,” said Welcome, who compared the ordeal to a “roller coaster ride.” But she said she was “thrilled” to have been part of such an “amazing cause” and hoped to build on the fundraising effort for Bennett by creating a permanent foundation to help others in similar circumstances in the future.

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