Last Saturday the family hosted a fundraiser for Bosch at Surrey Tap House, where they were able to raise $11,154 – getting them closer to their fundraising goal. (Submitted photo)

Aldergrove family rallies for father’s recovery after being paralyzed by car crash

Bryan Bosch is ‘lucky to be alive,’ but still has long road of support needed ahead

An Aldergrove family will never be the same after a devastating car accident left their husband and father paralyzed from the chest down.

Bryan Bosch was on his way home from work at Coast Mountain Bus Company on March 11 when his vehicle veered off the road and crashed head-on into a tree.

Bosch, 50, was an avid motorcyclist and mountain biker prior to the accident. A “humble” bus driver – the father is described as a “kind, fun-loving guy who would do anything for anyone,” said his sister-in-law Cheryl Bosch.

“All Bryan remembers is feeling a loss of control while driving,” Cheryl said. Others have speculated that his car hit a patch of black ice, she added.

When the ambulance found him, only half of his heart was working, she said.

After a 35-minute extraction from the vehicle, Bosch was airlifted to Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) where he underwent an eight-hour surgery and was placed on life support.

During this time, doctors identified a host of injuries including shattered and broken ribs, damaged vertebrae, a broken shoulder blade and collarbone, a severe concussion with fractures in his head, as well as damage to his heart and lungs.

“He’s been in a lot of pain and it’s taking him so long to heal,” Cheryl said. “But Bryan is quick to acknowledge he’s really lucky and grateful to be alive.”

Upon gaining consciousness, Bryan had to wear a neck brace because “doctors were concerned if he turned his head the wrong way he might become a quadriplegic,” Cheryl said.

A debilitating fracture occurred between the T8 vertebrae, and nerve damage was done between T2 and T4 on his spinal cord.

“His T8 was completely broken and they had to reset it during surgery,” Cheryl added.

Bosch was transferred to VGH’s spinal cord injury step down unit a week later, where he stayed for the next four weeks. Over time, Bosch began eating whole foods again and had the ventilator, which assisted his breathing, removed.

After Bosch’s fifth week in hospital, he was transferred to the aftercare and rehabilitation centre at GF Strong in Vancouver.

His wife Becky – his “childhood sweetheart,” commutes to Vancouver every day to be with Bryan – “she’s right by his side,” Cheryl emphasized.

“It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to experience myself,” the sister-in-law added.

“It’s a lot,” she mouthed between exasperated pauses. Cheryl noted it’s taking its toll on the entire family, including his children Brayden (26), Brooklyn (23), and Bailey (18) – all who attend(ed) Aldergrove Community Secondary and remain local.

Bosch’s care team (an occupational therapist, physiotherapist and physicians) at GF Strong project a release date near the end of the month or early July.

Upon his release, Bryan will need a wheelchair to get around which can cost an upwards of $30,000.

“Modifications to their family car so that Bryan would be able to get around have been estimated at $40,000 to $60,000 by third-party companies,” his brother, Tracy, explained.

Other expenses – specifically upgrades to the family home – include a lift needing to be purchased and installed to transport Bosch between floors in their Aldergrove home.

“We are all trying to figure this out. We’ve heard from people who have been through this that there are a lot of ongoing costs that do not get covered,” Tracy added.

Including “pain management – managing his pain is something that nobody really thinks about,” Cheryl added.

“Bryan is probably one of the most positive people that I know. There are still days that he has a tough time though,” Cheryl said, choking back tears.

“You just never think it’s going to happen to you. But you know what – it can,” she emphasized.

A GoFundMe has raised nearly half of the family’s $50,000 goal, but will not cover long-term costs the family will incur, Cheryl admitted.

The family recently hosted a fundraiser in Surrey where they were able to raise $11,154, getting them closer to their fundraising goal.

“They are a close family who need the help of this community to get through this,” Cheryl concluded, grateful for support already received.

 

His wife Becky – “his childhood sweetheart,” commutes to Vancouver every day to be with Bryan. (Submitted photo).

After a 35 minute extraction from the vehicle by emergency services, Bosch was airlifted to Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) where he underwent an 8 hour surgery and was placed on life support. (Submitted photo)

Bryan Bosch, 50, was an avid motorcyclist and mountain biker prior to the accident, described as a kind, fun-loving guy who would do anything for anyone. (Submitted photo)

Just Posted

Suspects sought in Langley crimes

Langley RCMP have released surveillance photos of a number of suspects

UPDATE: ‘Mortifying smell’ alerts local employees to fire inside the Alder Inn

The inn was evacuated before fire crews extinguished flames in an upstairs room

Prospera and Westminster credit unions approved for proposed merger

Abbotsford- and Surrey-based companies now take matter to membership vote

Climate Strike protesters gather in Langley

A small group of mostly TWU students gathered at the Township hall

Canada bests U.S. in day 1 of international lacrosse championships in Langley

Read the results of the action on day 1 of the 2019 World Lacrosse Men’s Indoor World Championship

PHOTOS: Young protesters in B.C. and beyond demand climate change action

Many demonstaers were kids and teens who skipped school to take part

Walmart to quit selling e-cigarettes amid vaping backlash

U.S.’s largest retailer points to ‘growing’ complications in federal, state and local regulations

Former B.C. lifeguard gets house arrest for possession of child porn

Cees Vanderniet of Grand Forks will serve six months of house arrest, then two years’ probation

Student arrested at South Delta Secondary for alleged assault

The alleged assault occurred between two SDSS students on Wednesday, Sept. 18

Crown alleges resentment of ex-wife drove Oak Bay father to kill his daughters

Patrick Weir alleged in his closing arguments that Andrew Berry is responsible for the deaths of his daughters

‘I’d do it again,’ says B.C. man who swam naked, drunk in Toronto shark tank

David Weaver, of Nelson, was drunk when he went to Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto on Oct. 12 2018

How to react to Trudeau’s racist photos? With humility, B.C. prof says

‘We are now treating racism as a crime that you cannot recover from’

Victoria man spots online photo of his totem pole 11 years after it was stolen

Mark Trueman restored the pole himself before it was stolen off of his property in Duncan

VIDEO: Fire destroys Williams Lake strip club targeted by past arson attempts

Diamonds and Dust Entertainment Lounge destroyed by fire, as well as New World Tea and Coffee House

Most Read