Wildfire pilot badly injured when a moose hit his motorcycle, community rallies to help
VANCOUVER, BC, Canada (BIKER DAD) — A Canadian wildfire pilot who was enjoying a well-deserved day off was nearly killed when a moose hit his motorcycle. Now the community is rallying around him. According to a Go Fund Me account set up for him and his wife, Ted Fischer is a firefighting pilot who has been battling devastating fires out west.
He was enjoying only his second day off in nearly a month by taking a ride on his bike. He was badly injured and in a Vancouver hospital. His wife, Robyn, saw the devastating aftermath firsthand. “Robyn and Ted were traveling together and she was minutes behind him in the truck. Once she came around a corner she swerved to miss hitting an injured moose on the road and then quickly had to swerve to miss running over her Ted ! Obviously in shock & powerless she knew she couldn’t move him & she couldn’t tell if he was breathing through his armoured jacket & helmet,” The Go Fund Me post reads.
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Ted and Robyn have four kids. The accident and the long road to recovery will be very expensive for them. So far their friends have raised nearly $50 thousand dollars. But the expenses will surely be much higher than that. “Ted is currently in Vancouver & has had spinal surgery, he does have full mobility in his arms and legs, thankfully. He has broken orbital bones, broken ribs, broken right hand, a small brain bleed, broken sternum. They fused T1-T6 during spinal surgery. They are watching for clots & bleeds & for now he is all pinned & plated together. There is a large blood clot forming behind his right eye, doctors aren’t sure if it’s from a torn eye muscle or his fractured skull or brain bleed. He has two floating pieces of skull, the plastic surgeon sees him tomorrow to make sure it isn’t the bones pressing the eye down and forward causing the development of his double vision,” the post goes on to say.
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Through it all, his friend says, he’s kept a positive attitude, still smiling and cracking jokes, “they just need some help to get them through this tough time & help Ted recover properly & not be worried about getting back to work like he already tried to say he needed to do !! “