Resident artist / sculptor/ painter Don Wood, suffered a terrible fall on December 14 while painting the roof of his house in Bahama Palm Shores. He had to be airlifted to Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau in critical condition.
There, he was stabilized and kept in ICU with two broken vertebrae, three broken ribs and internal bleeding from a lung puncture by one of the ribs. He subsequently developed pneumonia and after nearly three weeks in ICU, he was finally transferred to a private room on December 31.
A relay of friends in Abaco and in Nassau kept each other updated on his condition and on January 7, we learned that he had been released from the hospital and was resting comfortably at a friend’s house, Melissa Maura, another artist. On January 10 he started to take a few steps with a walker and was able to eat and talk normally (his throat had been damaged during the recovery process.)
As of January 13, he was not quite ready to come back to Abaco yet, but according to emails from Ms. Maura, he was improving steadily.
Upon learning of his accident, some of his artist friends, notably Mrs. Marjolein Scott and Mrs. Lori Thompson, decided to organize a fund raiser to help Don Wood with his medical expenses. Local artists and artisans readily agreed to give some of their best pieces to be auctioned at the Jib Room on February 7.
The event will start at 3:00pm and will comprise a silent auction, a live auction and a raffle.
We are hoping that by then, Mr. Wood will have returned to Abaco and will be well enough to attend the function.