Summary of Ed Towle's recent accident.
- For many of you, this may repeat information that you've already
gotten from other sources, but I wanted to make sure that all of our
friends, members and associates had received word about this latest
accident for Ed Towle. Most of you know Dr. Ed Towle as the founder
and former President of Island Resources Foundation. Even in
semi-retirement, Ed has been active as Chairman of Island Resources,
in spite of increasing disability as a result of the loss of both
legs to diabetes -- but he suffered a major setback last week.
On Monday, 28th August, Ed Towle drove his electric wheel chair to
his usual dialysis treatment appointment just off of DuPont circle.
On entering the small elevator that is used to take people with
mobility problems down to the main lobby, he fell, with the wheel
chair on top of him, the 4+ feet to the bottom of the shaft, because
the elevator was NOT at the top level. [Obviously, a malfunction in
the door interlock system, compounded by the fact that the elevator
shaft and the elevator box itself are all painted black, so you can't
really even see the floor when coming indoors from a sunny outside,
They took him quickly to the MedStar Emergency Unit at Washington
Hospital Center, where he was diagnosed with:
o Right arm broken in three or four places, mostly
around the elbow;
o Broken nose;
o Several cuts and scratches on his face, some
o A "badly broken" left hip (his right hip was
"slightly broken" I think during the last trip to the BVI).
Since then, he has been treated at Washington Hospital Center, where
he has continuously suffered a lot of pain, and periods of confusion
from his reaction to the pain medications. Over the past eight days
his condition has somewhat stabilized, and Judith is now looking
forward to being able to bring him home to the P Street apartment for
home care assisted by the Washington Hospice program, perhaps as
early as Wednesday, the 6th of September.
Judith has been assisted in coping with all of the multiple demands
and issues of this recent crisis by a corps of friends and relatives
(of both her and Ed) who have been there with help all along the way.
None the less, it has obviously been an extremely stressful, and
occasionally physically exhausting time. Because of all the
logistics that need to be coordinated on a day-to-day basis, we ask
that friends refrain from calling directly, but encourage people to
send snail mails or e-mails to Judith <jtowle@...> or Ed
<etowle@...>. That way the messages can be printed out, and
Judith can read them to Ed during quiet times.
Thanks for your prayers and best wishes, and we will try to keep you
informed of updates in Ed's condition.
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