Update on Jim Melvin; how to help; how to visit him at St. Anthony’s | SummitDaily.com

Update on Jim Melvin; how to help; how to visit him at St. Anthony’s

For your readers, he is an update on my brother, Jim Melvin.

Jim is still on full life support yet in stable condition. His natural oxygen levels have increased to more than 50 percent,which means his need for mechanical respiration has decreased. This is a great improvement since last week.

His breathing condition is best recognized as Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome. This condition was a result of his collapsed left lung and the embolism he had after the bone breakage and a result how the the body naturally redistributes fluids after a traumatization.

He was scheduled for surgery on Sunday for his tibia, yet it was postponed again due to a heavy backup of emergency room surgeries. That surgery should happen sometime this week.

Jim will then need a reconstructive surgery done on his shoulder and his upper arm. Hopefully those surgeries will all occur within two weeks and or after his breathing is closer to normal. He is still in the intensive care unit of St. Anthony’s and it is still unknown how long his recovery and hospitalization time will be.

The town of Silverthorne has generously set up an assistance fun for Jim at 1stBank and the Melvin family would like to extend our deepest gratitude to town public works director Bill Linfield and the town of Silverthorne, who made that possible.

Anyone who would like make a financial donation in lieu of flowers can do so by going to any 1stBank in Summit County or on the Front Range and making it to the Jim Melvin Assistance Fund.

Jim has received an uncountable and amount of well-wishes and support from all who know him and love him. The Melvin family would like to gratefully and humbly thank all of those who are keeping Jim in their best wishes, prayers and thoughts.

We have received so much support from so many people and we could not ask for more love, encouragement and hope.

For information about visits, call (970) 513-1410, (970) 485-0333 or e-mail anefocus@earthlink.net.

For those who cannot reach the Melvin family, visiting hours at St. Anthony’s are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., with a two-hour quiet period from 2-4 p.m. Only two visitors allowed in the room at a time.

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