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"Bedford" suffers tragic accident

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I am sorry to have to break the news that "Bedford", my brother, has suffered third degree burns to 30% of his body as a result of trying to remove a flaming pot of oil from his house. He is currently in Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto in a medically induced coma while the doctors start the process of healing him and skin grafting.
There are numerous posts on Facebook (search on Richard Mitchele) and his Fiance Hailey Unterman is reporting daily on his progress. Richard is a fighter and we all hope and pray that he will recover quickly and that we will see him sailing again.
As sailing was his life and the people on SA knew him well I thought it appropriate for you all to know.

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Best of luck in his recovery

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Whoa. That's rough.

 

I hope he can make a full recovery. Seems like Bedford has been on this board forever and, although he and I have never met as far as I can determine, he always struck me as a decent enough bloke whose heart was in it for the betterment of the sport.

 

Get well fast Bedford!

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He was nice enough to get me on a CM1200 in the basin while I was enjoying Halifax's Port Days.

Positive thoughts out to him while he recovers.

 

Heal Well Bedford !

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Great dude, great sense of humor, and a real asset to the sailing community. Much hope and thoughts go his way from Mer and me and all of us here at SA.

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Whoa. That's rough.

 

I hope he can make a full recovery. Seems like Bedford has been on this board forever and, although he and I have never met as far as I can determine, he always struck me as a decent enough bloke whose heart was in it for the betterment of the sport.

 

Get well fast Bedford!

 

 

+1

 

Hoping him a Quick recovery

 

knew a guy who was 80% burnt

 

IT SUCKS, But it's better these days as they can grow skin for you in the Lab and That takes Much time off the recovery !!

 

Oh Guy I knew Recovered pretty much Just fine - Still a Long Road to Travel :(

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Sorry I don't know the gentleman.. But I hope for the best and a speedy recovery.

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"Bedford" AKA Richard, or Dee as he is known to some, went through the first of many skin grafting operations yesterday. (5+ hours) The doctors were able to use his own skin for the grafting which is a good sign. Procedures were done on his legs and arms. I have not heard how he is doing this morning but the prognosis after the operations was positive. I understand that they are keeping him under for longer than they originally thought but this is also a good thing as he will not be in pain, or at least conscience of it.
All of us who are close to Richard are amazed at the outpouring of thoughts and prayers that have been coming his way. His fiancé is remaining strong and as Richard is being looked after by the best trauma team in the world Hailey is the one who needs our support. She is on Facebook (Hailey Unterman) and let her know that you are a friend of Bedford from Sailing Anarchy. I know Richard would appreciate it.
Again, on behalf of my family, thank you for your kind words, prayers and support through this time. We will see him out on the water again.

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The thought of my family and I are with Dee and his family.

 

Dee is always a great guy to hang out with and one of my most enjoyable regattas in recent memory was doing bow with him at the 36.7 NA's in Toronto a few years ago.

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No..... god..... no....

 

I did the Halifax race with Bedford this past year... he couldn't have been a nicer, more fun, kind person. We spent most of our time on watch telling dirty canadian jokes (he, being one, had loads) and shooting the shit. When we got to Canada the canadian hospitality showed through and we spent 2 days drinking, telling war stories (his were better) and eating KFC... Truly a one of a kind personality who had an awesome outlook on life and, to boot, was supposed to be getting married soon to a beautiful fiance. Just the other day he was having a great time having fun at Chester Race Week. I can't believe that this has happened to him and he's in my prayers...

 

Fun memories from the race...

 

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Edit: And I took this photo myself.... sorta speaks for itself and the kind of guy Bedford IS.

 

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Terrible news. Burns are never good. Here's hoping for a full recovery.

 

Of course, if you do happen to come across a combination of pharmaceuticals that...err...render one particularly unsuitable to operate heavy machinery, it would only be anarchist-like to share that information with the community...

 

Kidding of course....really. Our thoughts are with and feel free to pm me or Ozzie adventure (both have some medical experience with burns) if you think we can be of any help.

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  • I have been told that Richard's condition is improving every day. They are keeping him under so that he will not move and rip or tear the skin grafts that were done a couple of days ago. He had procedures done to both legs (below the knee) and his left arm and hand and a bit on his right arm. I will make sure that he hears that the SA members and sailors worldwide know about what happened and are pulling for him to make a speedy recovery. Hopefully in a few weeks he can access the site and give you updates himself. Even though there will be physical and visible body damage we are told that he will be fully mobile and that his wounds will not affect his ability to carry on a normal life.

    Thank you again for all the support, pictures and prayers, Dee will definitely feel humbled when he reads this thread in the future.

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Strangely enough, I was looking at his Facebook page yesterday, as I also share a love of metre boat sailing. My prayers go out to him, that his pain is eased and his recovery swift.

 

RD

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Burns are horrifying injuries. From what you describe, it sounds like this happened while he was trying to save his family from an even more horrifying accident.

 

Full sympathy and best wishes from here too

 

Being a hero leaves scars

 

Sincerely, Doug

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Here is hoping for a speedy recovery. A terrible injury, but it sounds like he is getting good care

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Whoa. That's rough.

 

I hope he can make a full recovery. Seems like Bedford has been on this board forever and, although he and I have never met as far as I can determine, he always struck me as a decent enough bloke whose heart was in it for the betterment of the sport.

 

Get well fast Bedford!

 

Well said. I feel the same way.

 

I am glad to hear that the recovery is underway even though it sounds like it will be a long process. I hope you are mended and back on the water soon.

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sounds like hands and feet - burns are brutal

 

my brother in law fell with hot french fry oil and it landed on his lap

 

central body burns - was in the hospital for many weeks, but is fine now

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sounds like hands and feet - lots of nerves in the hands - not so much in the feet

had a brother in law fall with French fry oil in the lap - was in the hospital for weeks

he is fine now, but the burn ward is no fun

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sounds like hands and feet - lots of nerves in the hands - not so much in the feet

had a brother in law fall with French fry oil in the lap - was in the hospital for weeks

he is fine now, but the burn ward is no fun

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I am happy to report that Richard is slowly being brought out of unconsciousness and this past weekend even tried to open his eyes. He had another surgery on his left hand today and is suffering a bit of a fever but the prognosis is that he will make a complete recovery, with a few scars to show for it. I showed his fiancé how to get to this site and she has read and is passing on directly to Richard all of your comments. I am sure that Richard will be on this forum in no time now and will thank you all personally. On behalf of my family thank you again for the outpouring of prayers, thoughts and best wishes, I know it made a difference.

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Good morning. I am very happy to report that Richard is now on the road to recovery. He is awake, breathing on his own and has even taken a few steps. I hope to see him today but his stalwart and amazing fiancé Hailey has been by his side and has been keeping the families updated this past week. Richards first words were "water, Ipad" so I expect that he will be on this site shortly and can thank you all for your thoughts this past week. On behalf of the Mitchele family I thank you all again for the support and positive energy that was sent Richard's way.

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sorry to hear of the accident, like someone else said he's one of those members who's been here so long you feel like you've already met them.

 

glad to hear the recovery is going smoothly. Go the bedford!

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Good morning. I am very happy to report that Richard is now on the road to recovery. He is awake, breathing on his own and has even taken a few steps. I hope to see him today but his stalwart and amazing fiancé Hailey has been by his side and has been keeping the families updated this past week. Richards first words were "water, Ipad" so I expect that he will be on this site shortly and can thank you all for your thoughts this past week. On behalf of the Mitchele family I thank you all again for the support and positive energy that was sent Richard's way.

 

 

:):wub:

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Just now saw this thread, and am glad to hear he is on the road back!

 

Brings back memories of the old SA Americas Cup entry thread. Lots of funny stuff from Bedford in that thread.

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I'm humbled and proud to be a Sailing-Anarchist right now. Thanks for all the support.

 

Fear - not we got your back

 

Not saying any of us could bear your burden,

 

But you have the Thoughts and Prayers of us Anarchists Pulling for YOU !!

 

Your Odds are "WAY" Better than those of ORACLE Racing at this point :o:o:o:)

 

Soooo Glad to see You are Back

 

"You Can Pull through This" & Somehow for it You WILL be a Better Person !n - I just know it !!!!

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I'm humbled and proud to be a Sailing-Anarchist right now. Thanks for all the support.

Cheers mate (our) friend that you are well enough to say hello! :)

 

Rock on dude!

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I'm humbled and proud to be a Sailing-Anarchist right now. Thanks for all the support.

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.....Yayy!!!..........GO THE BEDFORD!!!

 

 

........don't know you,,but your story has touched MANY!

.......and for once,I'd say +1 on woody's post above,,,but don't tell him-it'd go straight to his head!

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Bedford we continue to look forward to racing with you again ASAP.

 

Remember,

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.

 

Heal safe!

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I'm humbled and proud to be a Sailing-Anarchist right now. Thanks for all the support.

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.....Yayy!!!..........GO THE BEDFORD!!!

 

 

........don't know you,,but your story has touched MANY!

.......and for once,I'd say +1 on woody's post above,,,but don't tell him-it'd go straight to his head!

 

I'll say +1 on this, which would be +2 on Woody's post, and yeah it will go straight to his head. B)

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Dee?

 

WTF r u doing playing with hot oil? Needs to be warm oil - remember, slightly above body temperature is best.

 

Miss you brother, get well soon.

 

Still need you and skinny brian to kleen up the empties on the green boat.

 

cheers

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Bedford, I went through hand and face burns this spring in a stove incident so I know exactly how you feel. Follow ALL the rules the doctors and nurses give you about dressing changes and antibiotics. And dont try to "bounce back" too fast, this shit takes time.

 

Get well fast and completely, see u on the lake.

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It only hurts when you're awake.

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.....yer might look into something like 'mindfulness meditation'......it might help with the pain and healing process.

 

edit........I'm not sure if you're chuckling much yet ,,but this MM site starts with...''Are you burned-out......'' :huh:http://www.theravada.ca/mindfulness-meditation-for-stress-reduction/

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Richard is now at the St John's Re-hab hospital and is starting the physio and other rehabilitation procedures. He is walking unassisted, able to move all the fingers on his left hand, and give the nurses a hard time. Visitors are welcome, but only two at a time and when he is not doing physio. He has is IPad but the wifi in the hospital is not the greatest and he tries to use the computers in the common room. He is expected to make a full recovery and will come out better than he went in. (sort of the point isn't it?) The Wedding has been rescheduled for December and everything else is going well. Bedford will be back on the water next year!

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I once had a serious burn accident but was nothing like an oil burn described here. It was 1977 or so and I had Fiat 128 that was overheating and needed water. I thought the radiator cap would do a 1/4 turn and stop but it didn't. Yes, I'm the idiot at 15yo who thought I could get away with it. My upper body was sprayed with extremly boiling water. Mostly my chest, neck and arm. I had a long sleeve cotton shirt on at the time and quickly took it off. My skin came with it. Now mind you this was only the top layer of skin much like a sunburn so mostly 1st degree and some 2nd degree burns but very much instantly. I felt zero pain and was basically in shock because I felt no pain. I was thinking this should hurt really bad but I didn't feel a thing. I was at a gas station in Dallas and it was 5pm and probably August and it sure as hell didn't have air conditioning. I got back in the car and drove home to my house in traffic all the while stomping the floor as the pain came on and on. Nobody was home when I got there and all I could do was get in a cold water bath and try to make phone calls. Amazing how we survived without a cell phone. Finally my sister showed up and took me to the hospital where they immediately gave 2 shots of morphine. The pain was the most unbearable thing I have ever experienced and the morphine just made it fade away. I came home that night and was in zero pain and very hungry. I got a triple at Wendy's and an order of fries. A few months later my parents moved from that house and when we moved the bed, we found the order of fries. I never ate them and was probably hiding them from an imaginary unicorn. The other thing I remember is the cream I used to heal the skin had silver in it and it worked very well. I had little scaring. I'm sure today's technology is way better and I really wish the best for Richard!! Hopefully it gets better every day!! I can't imagine the his ordeal at all but mine was most painful thing ever!

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Richard is now at the St John's Re-hab hospital and is starting the physio and other rehabilitation procedures. He is walking unassisted, able to move all the fingers on his left hand, and give the nurses a hard time. Visitors are welcome, but only two at a time and when he is not doing physio. He has is IPad but the wifi in the hospital is not the greatest and he tries to use the computers in the common room. He is expected to make a full recovery and will come out better than he went in. (sort of the point isn't it?) The Wedding has been rescheduled for December and everything else is going well. Bedford will be back on the water next year!

Good news - thanks!

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Posted best wishes simply feel inadequate but they are truly genuine.

 

Looking forward to continued reports of success and the day when Bedford again hoists a sail.

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Congrats on recovery. Push the rehab especially hands. A little pain now will go a long way preventing contractures and limitation on range of motion.

 

Godspeed

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