DELPHOS — A community is coming together Saturday evening to support one of its own who is dealing with a serious head injury after a fall Aug. 16 at Michigan International Speedway.
Scott “Worm” German, of Delphos, has been recovering for the past month and a half. He is now at Dodd Hall at the Ohio State University Medical Center.
The benefit, “SCOTToberfest: Diggin’ Deep for Worm”, will kick off at 1 p.m. at the Delphos Recreation and Bowling Center, 939 E. Fifth St.
German fell from an RV at the the speedway shortly after arriving at the NASCAR track for a guys weekend. He was flown to Toledo Hospital, where doctors did brain surgery.
His wife, Carrie German, has remained by his side since the day of the accident. She reflected on what she called “the worst day of her life.”
“A few of us were first ushered into a private consultation room where we were told that Scott was in the operating room and that he was very critical,” she said. “We were then all taken to another, larger waiting area where we could all be together. Shortly, the surgeon came out and said that he had finished and he’d had to remove a large portion of Scott’s skull to let the brain swell. He said that Scott had slipped into a coma after the surgery and that he was a ‘very, very sick boy’ and that ‘if there are any other family members, you should call them in.’
Carrie German said the doctor told her that the following 72 hours would would be critical.
But Carrie German said his fight didn’t stop there. He made it through those 72 hours and then underwent a second brain surgery for another bleed on his brain. At that point, he was transferred via ambulance back to Lima.
His feeding tube had become dislodged from inside of his stomach and all of the liquids that were being run into it, including his medicines, were being deposited into his abdominal cavity. There were two more emergency surgeries at St. Rita's Medical Center where surgeons had to cleanse his inside organs.
After his third emergency surgery, he developed blood clots in his arms and legs. Because of his recent brain surgery, he wasn’t able to receive normal doses of blood thinner and doctors were figuring out how to treat him once again.
“Less than 24 hours after getting to Lima, Scott was once again fighting for his life,” she said. “It just seemed like we’d take a step or two forward and three backward.”
Since then, he’s remained at Dodd Hall for continued recovery and rehabilitation. His personality and long-term memory is intact, but he has issues with short-term memory. But he’s not done fighting yet. He will still need to go back to Toledo Hospital to have the skull bone that was removed put back into place. The bone has been stored in a nutrient-rich solution in Toledo since the accident, and the surgery should take place sometime before Christmas.
Scott German has been a volunteer firefighter for eight years and is an Iraq War Army veteran. He is also a licensed journeyman pipefitter, employed through the Lima Plumbers and Pipefitters Union.
Until then, Delphos residents are invited to help Scott German’s family and friends by attending SCOTToberfest Saturday.
There will be a cornhole tournament at 1 p.m., $30 per team to pre-register. Bingo will be at 2:30 p.m. with $15 tickets and 20 games each ticket. Bowling at 3 p.m. at $10 for three games. Steak dinners will be available from $10 from 4 to 7 p.m. An auction starts at 8 p.m.
There will be multiple bands, including The Rednecks, 6 Strings and The Gunz, performing from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. and a 50/50 drawing at midnight. There will also be a “large opportunity” raffle at midnight.
On Oct. 13, there will also be a golf outing to raise money for accumulating expenses.
“It’s great to live in a small community where everyone knows everybody else,” said Margie Rostorfer, Carrie German’s mother. “The out-pouring of support is almost beyond comprehension.”