CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The neighborhood is rallying round an worker of a Charlotte family-owned enterprise, who suffered a life-changing accident on Easter Sunday.
Thang Sum, a refugee from Myanmar, labored for 3 years at Pasta & Provisions because the assistant pasta maker.
He labored alongside head pasta maker Agustin Ortes.
“He’s an excellent worker, and I miss him rather a lot. God prepared, he’ll return quickly,” Ortes stated.
Proprietor Tommy George stated Sum fell on a trampoline and broke his neck on Easter Sunday, which left him paralyzed from the neck down.
“The day he had the accident, he was leaping on the trampoline together with his nieces and nephews,” George stated. “He was only a actual fun-loving man.”
George has recognized the household for a couple of years. Sum’s brother, Pau, was an worker on the pasta firm and specialty retailer earlier than Thang Sum began working there.
Tommy George, proprietor of Pasta & Provisions in Charlotte, helped arrange an internet fundraiser for Thang Sum, who was paralyzed in a trampoline accident. (Picture: Estephany Escobar)
When George heard concerning the accident, he helped begin an internet fundraiser to pay for Sum’s medical bills and help Sum’s household.
“Figuring out Pau and understanding Thang, and the hardships they’ve already been by and like I stated all people cherished [Sum] right here. He was an excellent worker. You’ll be able to’t simply abandon somebody like that. I might need somebody to deal with me the identical method,” George stated.
In someday, folks donated $20,000. As of Saturday, the GoFundMe effort had raised over $58,000.
“Thanks for the neighborhood for the outpouring of help,” George stated.
He’s additionally grateful for the ideas and prayers of the neighborhood as Sum continues his lengthy street to restoration.
George stated Sum can’t breathe on his personal proper now and was just lately moved again to the intensive care unit as a result of he developed pneumonia once more.
In accordance with the U.S. Shopper Product Security Fee, in 2014, medical doctors handled greater than 104,691 accidents associated to trampolines within the U.S.
Kelly Moriarty, a nurse who’s a Novant Health harm prevention specialist, stated Charlotte kids and adults additionally go to the ER for some of these accidents.
She stated to make use of trampolines safely, you need to use all of the items the trampoline comes with, together with the guard nets as a result of they forestall folks from touchdown on the metallic surfaces of the trampoline or off of the trampoline.
She doesn’t advocate kids below age 6 to make use of giant trampolines.
Moriarty additionally stated the most secure solution to leap on a trampoline is to do it alone.
“You must at all times have adults supervising kids as a result of plenty of accidents additionally occur when you’re horseplaying, so when you’re taking part in with any individual else or making an attempt to do flips and methods and stuff like that, the place you might have the potential of doing a summersault after which land in your head or your neck,” Moriarty stated.
She stated accidents could be minor, like a sprained ankle or a wrist. They may also be extra critical involving the pinnacle, neck or spinal twine.
Moriarty added accidents in adults will not be as widespread however are usually extra critical.
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