The Accident

On 4/16/2010 at approximately 10 to 10:15pm, my Lenny was involved in a serious boating accident. There were 6 occupants of the boat, all were injured. Both Lenny and his best friend Jakie sustained life threatening injuries and were airlifted to trauma centers, Jakie to Las Vegas, Lenny to Phoenix.

I received a call at 1:45am informing me of the accident. I then spent the next 2 hours trying to find him and find out what happened. After calling two hospitals I found Jakie, and then called his mom and she took it from there. I still couldn't find Lenny, so I called the Lake Havasu Police and they got back to me in about a half an hour telling me he was in Phoenix and that the social worker would be calling me soon. Next came the longest 20 minutes of my life. Waiting to hear....

Lenny sustained the following injuries - Completely fractured face from the upper jaw to above the eyes, broken neck, broken ribs, collapsed lungs, and severely broken legs. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I spent the next several minutes rallying friends and getting to YiYi (that is what Lenny calls his sister). We all headed to Phoenix and below I will update you on his condition, how we are holding up, and have a way to communicate with you to keep you updated and be able to answer your questions and be able to get the support we so desperately need from all the wonderful people that love him.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Update on other boat occupants

I have seen some questions on the conditions of the other occupants in the boat. The only one that I know 100% concrete information is Jakie, and the others I only know what I have heard about them, not their exact injuries, so I cannot update on them specifics. 

Jakie - Still in ICU in Las Vegas on a ventilator for his damaged lung. His injuries included a skull fracture, 9 broken ribs, collapsed lung(s), shattered right hand. He underwent surgery for his right hand, and has a chest tube and is on the ventilator for the lungs. Jakie is doing well, yesterday he stood up, he is communicating well and is very alert, and today they removed his catheter, and tomorrow they are going to try to remove the ventilator which is great news. He will require some rehabilitation in the hospital before they talk about releasing him.

Other occupants are all home and recuperating from various injuries including broken bones, stitches and staples, and bad bumps and bruises. As I sure they are all suffering from this horrible ordeal, we are so fortunate that they are home with their families and recuperating. I wish them all a speedy recovery as I am sure they are doing for Lenny and Jakie. If any of you are out there reading this, please post a comment as there are people out there wondering how you are.

I could never say enough how lucky we all are that all 6 of them are alive. This could have been much worse, and some of these guys have children that could have lost their fathers. All I have to say to all of you is that I hope you cherish that you are all alive, and that you need to enjoy every minute of every day for what it is. As much as I am hurting now, I could be hurting worse if we had lost any of you.

Until tonight, I love you all!



  2. I'm praying for the speedy recovery of Lenny. Both of you are in my prayers always and everyday. I miss going to your house getting my hair done beautifully and those silly cats of yours. Love Terri

  3. Hi,
    I am "Little Michealle". I dated Lenny many, many, many,... moons ago.
    I heard of the horrible accident and have been following his progress on your blog.
    I am glad Lenny has someone to be there for him. You seem very caring and dedicated. He is lucky to have found you.
    I will continue to read of his progress each day.
    Please tell him that my family and I wish for the best for him. I keep thinking of both of you and my heart breaks for the pain you each are suffering. I don't know you but wish I could do something for YOU as Lenny is being well cared for. Just know I pray for you both and hopefully you find yourself a restful sleep in the future.
    Best Wishes, Michealle

  4. Hey Nancy I have been praying for you guys since I heard At 11:30pm Sunday as I was driving to Phoenix. I hope things are getting better and I love you guys!

  5. We're praying for you guys in Chino, give Lenny a HUG for us. Bill & Marlene

  6. Nancy....words cannot express my sadness in hearing of Lenny's accident. From the brief times I had the pleasure of hanging out with Lenny his quick smile stands out even now in my head. I am praying for Lenny to have a speedy recovery and praying for you to have the strength to help carry him through it. I will also try to get something in the mail to you in the next few days.

    Stay strong............Bryce

  7. Hey Nanc,
    The girls and I just wanted to tell you we love you both!! Stay strong!!!

    With tons of love,
    Tina, Jordan and Aspen!

  8. Nancy,
    So, I've been thinking about some of the things we talked about last night... I tried to see about Dateline today, but got roadblocked.. I will keep researching until I figure out who to talk to.. Another thing I was thinking about is maybe some kind of legislature that would prohibit boats on the water after dark if they do not have a spotlight.. I think that if they did, this may not have happened... Otherwise, I think that someone would be interested in making an example out of this horrible situation you are all in.. I will keep doing my research and get with you about my discoveries next week.. I will see you on Sunday with movies and a DVD player... I loved the blog last night, made me cry because it was so sweet..

    Love you.. melisa

  9. Nancy,
    I think of you and Lenny everyday. I pray you stay strong and he has a speedy recovery. You are a HERO....You have so much compassion and love. I know it will take time for the healing, but you are a very strong woman. I miss your smiling face when you walk into work. But you are needed now by Lenny. He definitely is an inspiration for you. Everyday when I read your blog, I have tears rolling down my cheeks. I wish I could be there with you to hug, talk and just listen. But you and Lenny are in my mind and prayers everyday. I miss you. Love Liz

  10. Nancy,
    You and Lenny are in my thoughts and prayers. You are such a strong woman and you two will get through these tough times. I love reading your blogs daily and can't wait to read the one that says Lenny is coming home!!! Stay strong. We all love you and Lenny.

  11. Nancy,

    You are truly amazing and his guardian angel.

  12. Dearest Nancy, your love for Lenny will carry him through this hard time, he knows and feels that you are with him every minute of the day. You and Lenny are strong, you are an amazing person with a heart of gold it takes a strong person to get up every day put on a smile and be strong for another person. Take care of you so you can take care of him

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