Yesterday, Pundit Arena brought you the story of a young Tyrone man named Aaron Elliot, who was badly injured when struck by a car in Philadelphia on August 26th and was not only facing a long road to recovery but also the prospect of a huge medical bill.
In an attempt to remove some of the weight of that latter burden, Aaron’s friends set up a GoFundMe page and reached out to a couple of local celebrities via Twitter – former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and two-weight boxing titlist Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia – in order to help the campaign gain some traction.
Alvarez was quick to respond and inquire about the possibility of visiting Aaron, who plays for Kevin Barry’s GFC in Philadelphia and is described as an influential member of the GAA community in ‘The City of Brotherly Love’.
where is he when can I go see him ???
— Eddie Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) August 31, 2017
A man of his word, Alvarez stopped by the hospital on Monday and posted the following snap to his Twitter account.
— Eddie Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) September 11, 2017
“Finally got a chance to go see Aaron Elliot , this kid’s a walking miracle and testimony to pure will and toughness,” the classy Alvarez wrote alongside the picture.
Alvarez’s description of the young Irishman is certainly an apt one.
“Aaron was found unresponsive without a pulse [at the scene of the accident],” according to the aforementioned GoFundMe page. “With the help of the local police department, who provided CPR until the paramedics arrived, he started to breathe while still unconscious. He was taken to Abington Memorial Hospital where he was rushed in for emergency surgery because he suffered a severe compound fracture leaving the elbow shattered. Once this was cleaned and covered, he was taken to the neuro critical care unit (surgical trauma) where he stills remains. Because of a blood clot, leak in the brain, and a fractured skull, he was placed under high sedation. Initially, after a number of CT scans and speaking to various doctors and surgeons, it was found the bleeding got worse leaving him in extreme critical condition.”
Thankfully, the bleeding subsequently subsided but a brain bruise and a clot remained. Aaron’s condition became more stable, however, after a number of medical procedures, the first of which cleaned the area around the compound fracture and second of which involved the insertion of a chest tube in order to alleviate the stress on his right lung caused by the collapse of his left lung.
“The current focus is stabilizing Aaron’s breathing and assessing his brain function,” reads the story on the crowdfunding platform. “The reconstruction surgery for his elbow is planned for September 1st.”
Aaron’s neurosurgeon has recommended that he stay in hospital for a minimum of six weeks and a period of intense rehabilitation will follow. Thus, his friends are hoping to raise $100,000 from their campaign.
At the time of writing, they had raised just over $48,000. Please donate whatever you can to help them continue on toward their goal.
After Alvarez’s visit, Aaron’s friend Declan Goodfellow, who had made contact with the fighter in the first place, added another photo of the meeting.
“Thanks again [Eddie Alvarez], you’re an absolute gentleman,” he wrote alongside the snap.
— Declan Goodfellow® (@Goodfellow_11) September 11, 2017
Eddie Alvarez is expected to fight former WSOF lightweight champion Justin Gaethje at some point later in the year. In the meantime, Aaron Elliot will continue his own fight at the Abington Memorial Hospital. Support him if you can.