A Cleveland man involved in an ATV accident says medical complications have turned his life upside down. More than 10 years after, he's now losing his mobility, his job, and possibly his home.
It's a tough realization that Michael Truelove is coming to terms with."We've drained through all of our savings. We've exhausted all of our efforts of being able to do it on our own." He says his problem began ten years ago when an accident changed his life.
He and his brother were parked on their ATV when a minivan veered off the road and collided with the 4-wheeler. "It threw us both over the window and the roof of the van on impact and shattered our helmets."
Truelove landed almost 50 feet away on the other side of the road. "I was looking for my brother and I noticed that I had a weird feeling in my foot and I looked down and my right foot was still sitting in my shoe beside us."
Truelove was life-flighted to Erlanger. Doctors were able to re-attach his foot with pins. After his recovery, Truelove says he was determined to follow in the footsteps of those that rescued him that fateful day. "I was determined to repay what had happened to me and the help that I had recieved."
But after getting his EMT license this year, Truelove got some unimaginable news after a MRI. "They had a two page long details about what was wrong with my ankle. It's now down to 40% circulation in my right foot and I've got multiple stress fractures and tendon ligament damage."
Truelove lost his job because of the diagnosis and is now faced with the decision of possibly having to amputate his foot.
"He's helped me in anyway possible.. He's always been there if I needed anything to get by he's always helped me," says Truelove's brother, Chris.
As the someone that's always supportive. He and his family are now the one's in need. "We're at the point right now that without any help we're going to lose our home," adds Michael.
Truelove's attorney says it will be the middle of next year before he can receive any possible disability money. By then Michael and his family will have lost their home.
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by Mikaya Thurmond