ST. GEORGE – Timothy Gee, an Intermountain Life Flight and critical care nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Dixie Regional Medical Center has rushed to the aid of many patients throughout Utah in their time of need. Now, his family is asking the community to come to his aid after an accident left him without sight in his left eye.
With the prospect of multiple surgeries and a chance he will not be able to continue working as a nurse, a GoFundMe page entitled “Save Tim’s sight!” has been set up to help raise funds to help Timothy Gee and his family with medical expenses during this difficult time.
On Oct. 11, Timothy Gee was working in his garage with a table saw when it kicked back a piece of wood he was cutting, throwing it into his face. Although he was wearing thick glasses, the force of the wood knocked the glasses from Timothy Gee’s face, smashed into his eye and sent him to the ground, his son, Trevor Gee said.
“His eye was bleeding, the glasses were smashed and he couldn’t see,” Trevor Gee said.
When Timothy Gee first arrived to the emergency room, the doctor told him to be prepared to have his eye removed because the damage was so extensive, Trevor Gee said. Further examination determined that he would not need his eye removed, but the severity of the damage was such that he is facing permanent blindness in his left eye.
The loss of sight to one eye will dramatically affect his ability to perform his job as a flight and ICU nurse, his co-worker, Kelsie Montgomery, said. Loss of vision will alter his depth perception and his ability to perform the delicate tasks required in his profession, Montgomery added.
He was told by doctors that he may need to change careers, Trevor Gee said.
In addition to his job, Timothy Gee loves to shoot guns, and the injured eye is his dominant eye for aiming, Montgomery said.
“He has to relearn how to do everything from his job to his hobbies,” Montgomery said.
Montgomery describes Timothy Gee as a happy guy who is always smiling, one who never hesitates to help others whether it be a patient in his care or a co-worker in need of help.
He is also not one to give up, Montgomery said.
Trevor Gee said that there is still hope to recover some sight in his father’s eye through treatment at the Moran Eye Center located in Salt Lake City at the University of Utah medical complex.
The center is widely considered one of the best eye institutes in the United States and, Trevor Gee said, it is miraculously located in Utah.
Still, Timothy Gee is facing an uphill battle that includes the potential for multiple surgeries and costly treatments that the family cannot afford to do on their own, Trevor Gee said. The family is asking for donations through the GoFundMe page to help with medical expenses.
(Timothy) has helped multiple people throughout Utah whether they realize it or not. He has been there for families during the most critical times in their lives and now we hope the community will help him.
Timothy Gee recently underwent the first of potentially many surgeries and is in good spirits his son said.
“We are very, very hopeful,” Trevor Gee said.
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- Save Tim’s sight! GoFundMe page
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