A pastor who slipped on snow and ice outside his church was paralysed after breaking his neck.
David Kent from Minnesota, USA, immediately knew “it wasn’t good” when he realised his hands were in the snow and he could not move.
He was seen by some tree-cutting workmen who he had been approaching when he fell. They called an ambulance.
The 64-year-old, who had to have immediate spinal cord surgery, is nevertheless full of faith and told a local TV station: “I serve a mighty big God. He’s able to do exceeding, abundantly, above all that we’re able to ask. So, I have total faith. My God is a healer.”
His family have launched an online fundraising campaign to pay for the rehabilitation that Kent will need, raising more than $36,000 (£29,000) in just over three weeks.
Kent and his wife Susan’s daughter Amy Kent Thacker who set up the GoFundMe site said: “We are asking for medical funding assistance so that David's recovery is not limited by his ability to pre-pay for the services that he will need. The Kent family
typically would never ask this type of request from friends, family and the community; however, David has given so much of himself that we are now asking the community to give back. We do not have the resources required, but we know that anything
is possible when we all band together.”
They believe the inpatient rehab that Kent will require may cost $3,900 (£3,100) a day for 90 days, adding up to more than $350,000 (£286,000), and that they will have to pay in advance of having the treatment.