First Baptist Church in McCloud has volunteered to help a local family following the Dec. 23 vehicle accident that has required Bram Porter to have numerous surgeries in Redding.
First Baptist Church in McCloud has volunteered to help a local family following the Dec. 23 vehicle accident that has required Bram Porter to have numerous surgeries in Redding. The church is accepting food, medical supplies or monetary donations to help Bram, his wife Tara, and their two children, ages 7 and 3. Donations may be mailed to PO Box 395, McCloud, CA 96057. Contact Anne Mero at 530-964-2313 to make donations or to volunteer. Bram Porter had recently been laid off from his seasonal job and was driving back to McCloud on his birthday, Dec. 23, after applying for unemployment at the EDD office. He lost control of his truck and hit a tree near the pass on Highway 89, near the area known as Ice Alley, a few miles from his home in McCloud. Porter was airlifted from Mount Shasta to Redding due to his injuries. He has undergone several surgeries and is scheduled for more. His wife of 10 years, Tara, said her husband “coded twice on the flight down to Redding from compressed lungs. He dislocated and fractured his pelvis and shattered his knee cap, which the doctors completely removed at this point. He also fractured his femur, ankle and big toe all on his right side. He lacerated his kidney which they immediately fixed.” Skip Johnson of McCloud, who notified the churches and others in the community to help with the young couple, said he helped Bram’s mother, Becky, when she was sick, and when she died she left him her car. “Now that Tara and Bram do not have a vehicle, I loaned them their mother’s vehicle so Tara can get down to Redding to be with her husband,” Johnson said. “That car has made full circle.” Johnson said he his taking over checking on Bram’s father, Scott. “He looked in on his dad every day,” Johnson said of Bram. “I will make sure that his dad is okay and cared for since Bram can’t do that now.” Bram and Tara have a 7 year old son, Dathan, who is autistic. Ani, their daughter, is three years old. Kara Page, a friend of the family who has taken the children so Tara can travel to Redding and back, said, “Dathan has been very emotional. He is worried about his mom. He has not been home in three days since the accident and he is out of his routine which is turning his life upside-down.” Bram will need more surgeries. His doctors want him to continue his care after the hospital in a rehab center. But the Porters have no health care insurance. And even though the hospital is helping them apply for Medical, this will not cover specialty hospitals, explained Tara. She said that she will leave her job to care for her husband, who will be immobile and is expected to have a long recovery. They are in need of many medical supplies, and they are turning to the local communities for support. “Gosh, there is so much we need. We need transportation to and from Redding now. We will need a wheelchair, hospital bed, kerosene, food, and anyone willing to help with our children or with Bram when he comes home, I would be so thankful,” said Tara.