Friday, February 13, 2009

Serious Injury

On February 11th Victor was in a skateboarding accident and sustained serious head injuries. He is in ICU at St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma. The doctors’ emphasis at this point is to relieve the pressure in his skull. The injuries are causing his brain to swell so they have removed a section of the skull to allow this to happen without causing damage. With the bandages on his head, he looks a little like this photo. He is in an induced a coma to keep him still and to minimize brain activity while he heals and rests. We expect the swelling to begin to subside in the next 24 hours or so.
Thank you to all the family and friends who have expressed love and concern for Victor and for the many offers of tangible support. Victor is being well cared for and the family’s needs are taken care of for now. The medical staff tells us that “miracles happen every day” and we are praying for one for Victor. He is young, strong, and stubborn – all qualities we believe will work in his favor.
Please use this blog to post your good wishes for Victor. We treasure your friendship and continued prayers as he recovers.


  1. Dear Merrily: Received your e mail at 4:30 pm.
    Thanks for letting us know. We always pray for our families each day and we will especially mention Victor in our prayers amd I will enter his name in our prayers at our temple. Please let us know how he is doing. Your Mom is doing so much better amd we are grateful fpr your encouragement. We send our love. Ramon and Mary Lee.

  2. Dear Merrily,
    I just got your email. Will and I are so sad to hear about Victor's accident. We're praying for him and your whole family over here in Singapore. I wish I could be there to hug you and have a cry together. It sounds like Victor is in good hands--the doctors' and the Lord's. We'll check back for updates.
    Love and hugs,

  3. i love you victor . and remember that we are all praying for you and thinking of you everyday! we love you tons . Miracles do come true! we are praying for one for you on this. be strong!
    <3 love hannah

  4. victor---brother--i love you,i miss your smile.i cant wait for you to wake up and see all of are in so many prayers.we are all by your much family & so many friends.see you soon.

  5. Hey Vic,
    Be Strong. and know that your family loves you! I've got about half of Hawaii (Laie at least) praying for you.
    I love you and can't wait to get back and see you!

  6. OK VICTOR....




    W E L O V E Y O U,


  7. Dear Escalante family,

    We are thinking of you and praying for Victor. We believe in miracles. Let us know if you need anything.

    ~ the Schonlaus

  8. Victor,
    Be strong and pull thru this bro. your a blessing in disguise ill continue to keep you & your family in my prayers. God bless you.

  9. Look your mom gave you permission.
    Fight like you have never faught before.
    Make your mom proud.

    Joe, Michelle and Hunter

  10. Come on Vic you got this you jus gotta beat this like you beat up _____ .. dont trip its koo your mom gave you permission so you can beat it its ok bro ..

    Love you lots lil cousin ,
    Joseph C.

  11. I cry with my voice to the Lord, with my voice I make supplication to the Lord, I pour out my complaint before him, I tell my trouble before him, when my spirit is faint, thou knowest the way~ PSALMS 142 Victor, know that Jesus is there beside you and sees you and knows you and loved you even before you were born. Anything is possible with the Lord and nothing is impossible for Him whom all blessings come from. Fight!!!! Carrie, I will continue to pray for your son, Victor. Dianna

  12. I look forward to seeing Victor in my class every other week. I am so sorry to hear that he has been in an such a serious accident. I will pray and fast for him and your family. I will have his Sunday School class do the same. Please let me know if there is ANYTHING more I can do. God bless you and your boy.
    Abbey Spackman

  13. We will add our prayers for Victor and trust in the Infinite Power of Hope. As stated by President Uchtdorf, "And to all who suffer— —I say with love and deep concern for you, never give in. Never surrender. Never allow despair to overcome your spirit. Embrace and rely upon the Hope of Israel."

    The Merrells

  14. Merrily, I just got your e-mail. I am so sorry to hear about Victor's accident. I wish so bad I could be there to help out with the other kids and give you a shoulder to lean on. Our prayers will be with Victor and your family. I love you Merrily, and I know Heavenly Father is very aware of your family's needs. Love, Lucy

  15. Vic,
    You are sooooo loved. You are surrounded by your enormous,loving family and friends who can't wait for you to open your eyes. Your vibrant spirit and the angels surrounding your bed will help you and all of us through this.
    Love you,

  16. Dear Escalante family,

    We just found out about Victor. We will keep you in our prayers. We know miracles happen!

    ~The Grigg Family

  17. Vic,
    There is no doubt among thos that know and love you as to your incredible strength, courage, and obstinance. They say there is a time and a season for all things. NOW is the time to show those who don't know you how tough and stubborn you really are. I Believe in You! You are not alone, you are surrounded by throngs of friends, family and loved ones near and far who support you and your fight. There are prayers all over this world for you Victor, a tremendous abundance of Love and prayers pours out to you each moment of the day. I Pray that our Heavenly Father delivers you from this time of crisis.
    I Love you Victor Marcos Escalante Skywalker

  18. Well this is the 4th day that god has givin you and your family a blessing.
    How wonderful to read all the love and good thoughts that everyone is sending your way.My family and I,just like all of the rest will be on our knee's a little longer tonite asking GOD for yet another blessing,and we will do that every nite until you go back home with your family!With much love,The Gibson's