“A guy turned his car in front of me and I hit his front bumper,” Grunstra says. “I flew over his car and landed on the pavement about 50 feet away.”
Grunstra says he injured his back in two places, his pelvis, his hip and both legs. The health care facility where he was initially treated was able to take care of most of his injuries. But Grunstra would need surgery to repair a compound fracture of his left leg. The femur had been split into multiple pieces through to the knee joint.
That’s where his story took a problematic turn.
“The hospital where I was originally taken said they would not do my surgery without using donated blood,” Grunstra says. As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Grunstra has a faith-based objection to blood transfusions. “This stand didn’t seem to sit well with the surgeon at that hospital.”
Grunstra was given an external fixator, essentially a metal brace that’s attached by screws to the bone, to stabilize the joint. Sexton says it’s usually meant as a temporary solution.