Victoria’s Bryan Oakley is in Vancouver after a job accident in Metchosin as friends rally for support of the father and his fiance.
It’s been less than a week since Caitlin Ross’s life was turned upside down. Caitlin has been by her fiance’s side at Vancouver General Hospital since a construction accident Tuesday afternoon that saw Bryan Oakley rushed to Victoria Hospital.
“He was in and out of consciousness, laboured breathing at that point, that’s all I knew,” says Caitlin Ross.
“Once we got there, they did the xray and ct scan and it confirmed the extent of his injury.”
Ross adds “it said he had a c3 & c4 spinal fracture with spinal cord damage.”
Oakley was flown to Vancouver and underwent 5 hours of surgery to remove a bone from his neck and reduce swelling on the spinal cord.
Oakley was unloading windows of close to 250 pounds each in Metchosin when as Ross says, the freak accident happened.
“The footing shifted, the truck shifted, and about 3 or 4 windows all just kind of fell on him and he was just kind of pinned.”
The pair, who have a 2-year-old son, were planning to be married in November.
WorkSafe BC is investigating and a report is expected sometime next week.
While expenses rise, friends like Katie Hannah have as well, starting a GoFundMe page that has already tallied more than 22-thousand dollars in three days.
25% of the funds raised will go to a Registered Education Savings Plan for Ryder.
“Thank you to everyone in Victoria who is reaching out and all the friends all the family, people have been amazing,” says Hannah.
“And that’s what these guys are going to need, a lot of support in the next year and so on.”
“He’s the sole provider,” says Ross.
“He doesn’t know what’s going on, he doesn’t know at this point if he’ll work again, it’ll be all on me in the long term, so he was so relieved and grateful.”
Ross adds, “you could just see it on his face.”
Oakley’s recover is a long one and while friends and family hope for a miracle, right now it’s one hurdle at a time.
“Because his injury is so significant and so high up, the c3, c4 is significant in regards to breathing, hand movement, leg movement,” says Ross.
“It’s almost a guarantee he’ll never walk again, but we’re taking it one goal at a time and our goal is to get him off the ventilator.”
Caitlin is hopeful Bryan is well enough for a wedding in November.