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Community update on Zack Meland

PARK CITY, Utah. — After suffering a severe brain injury and fractures to his leg in a motorcycle accident on May 26, local Zack Meland is continuing to make slow progress each day. While his leg is healing well and the swelling in his brain has decreased, the future is uncertain as he still remains in a coma-state.

In the latest journal entry on caringbridge.org, Meland’s aunt Robin Savageau shared a few specific updates on his current state.

“Swelling continues to come down everywhere. Leg wounds are healing well. Zack was able to stay off fentanyl for 24 hours – and have less sedating pain killers. More movement in both arms (however, left more than right) he hasn’t yet moved his right leg. Neurostorming brought up his fever again. More updates with doctors on next steps. Testing breathing on his own, with vent for back up. He’s staying on ventilator.  Still in a coma state. Discussions underway about when it will be ok to move Zack out of ICU. Not until he’s past ‘storming’.  Sometimes he seems like he’s moving through it … then he bumps back … then a baby step… ‘wait & see’…” Savageau wrote.

As Meland continues to make slow progress, individuals can support him and his battle in multiple different ways. To help with his medical bills and the relocation of his mother Heidi from Minnesota, individuals can donate to a GoFundMe that has already raised over $35,000.

Additionally, on June 21 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Summit County Gardens, several of Zack’s friends will be hosting a fundraising event to raise more money to support his recovery. The event will feature food, beverages, live music, silent auction and a raffle in order to help Zack and his mother Heidi. For those interested, they can visit the official Facebook event for more details.

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