A Mount Shasta man who was seriously injured in a hit and run accident Feb. 23 has been released from the hospital and will spend the next six months recovering at home.
Gabe Cashman, 24, was released from Mercy Medical Center Redding on Thursday. To help pay for his extensive medical expenses, a community fund has been set up at Tri Counties Bank.
“We are so happy to have Gabe back,” said John on Monday afternoon. He thanked the Mount Shasta community for their “incredible support” over the past weeks.
Gabe, a 2006 Mount Shasta High School graduate, is receiving physical therapy and is resting while his wounds heal, said John Cashman, Gabe’s father.
He suffered a broken leg, two broken vertebra, several broken ribs and a punctured lung in the accident.
Because he was dragged under the car, Gabe also suffered second and third degree abrasions on his chest and legs which must be constantly cleaned with a wound vac, John said. He must also wear a turtle brace for the next three months.
Gabe underwent surgery to stabilize his third lumbar vertebra on Feb. 29, said John.
At the time of the accident, Gabe was staying with his parents to help care for his mother, Patty, who broke her ankle in December. He was set to begin a new job at Green Diamond Resource Company in Blue Lake that week.
Patty is an RN who works as a hospice nurse at both Mercy Medical Center in Redding and Mount Shasta. She has been unable to work for the past two months. John owns a health spa in Napa Valley, and together the couple owns a non-profit Buddhist temple, Tara’s Refuge, in Mount Shasta.
Donations to Gabe’s medical fund can be made at any Tri Counties Bank location. Checks must be made out to Patricia Cashman.