The family of Duncan Moffat, a North Island man who spent perhaps five days trapped in a smashed truck near Sayward, has launched an online fundraiser to help pay for expenses related to his recovery.
Moffat’s injuries include a “smashed femur, broken ribs, broken clavicle, broken back and a number of internal organ injuries,” according to a write-up on GoFundMe.com, an online fundraising platform.
His cousin Molly Fraser said that he remains in the Intensive Care Unit at the Victoria General Hospital, “and will stay there for the foreseeable future.”
“I want to be able to help Duncan with physiotherapy, medical equipment and counselling services after the trauma he has suffered,” Fraser said in a Facebook message to the Mirror.
By Monday morning, the campaign had raised more than $2,200 toward its $5,000 goal. Readers can donate by navigating to the URL www.gofundme.com/help-duncan-moffat-recover.
Moffat was rushed to hospital on Nov. 13 after a hunter found him in a smashed pickup truck at the bottom of a steep cliff off Hwy. 19 south of Sayward.
The 23-year-old man had been out of contact with his family for more than a week, and family members have said that he was pinned inside the truck for five days.
The GoFundMe write-up notes that Moffat was only able to survive because of an old crate of apples that was in the truck when the incident took place.
The cabin of the pickup was reportedly littered with apple cores when Moffat was found by a passing hunter on Tuesday.