He’s still struggling to move, and his house just isn’t equipped for his needs.
It’s taken months of physical therapy for Lajoie to take a few steps.
“When they first wanted me to stand up (which was months ago), I couldn’t even stand for a second.”
The Macomb Township man was hospitalized with COVID in January and spent 105 days on life support.
“At first, I was just numb,” said Lajoie. “But then the realization kicked in, and I was like, ‘what’s going on? Is my life over?’ I couldn’t move. I can’t speak. It’s terrifying.”
While he’s made remarkable progress, Lajoie regrets not getting vaccinated against COVID-19.
“This was a thought that came across my mind a lot of times during the hospital, and I would say, ‘yes, I 100% would of gotten vaccinated if I knew all of this would’ve happened.’”
In June, the 32-year-old was finally released from the hospital, but he didn’t know if he’d ever walk again.
Insurance has only covered a portion of their mounting medical bills, and the family hopes you can help.
“You scrimp, you buy things you really need,” said Chris Lajoie’s mother, Kathy Lajoie. “Instead of spending $100 a week, I’m spending between $200 to $250 on groceries, and that’s hard.”
The family spent $8,000 alone to buy a used ramp for their home.
“That’s a used ramp,” Kathy Lajoie said. “If I got a new ramp, it would cost $10,000. Who has that kind of money?”
Doctors tell Local 4 that Chris Lajoie should be able to walk independently in about a year. But in the meantime, he’s got months of therapy to go.
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