A father is reaching out to the community for help after his son suffered brain injuries after a fall from the second story of a house.
Mike Bailey Jr., 41, walked out of a sliding glass door on the second story of a rental home on Shooting Star Road in Pollock Pines on Father’s Day morning, June 16, his father, Mike Sr., said. There was no balcony and the younger Bailey fell to the ground, landing on his head. He suffered damage to his orbital socket, cracked his skull and is bleeding on his brain, his father said.
El Dorado County Fire and CALSTAR 3 were dispatched at 7:36 a.m. “The victim vehemently refused to be transported by helicopter or medic unit to a hospital. The victim was transported by private vehicle to Marshall Hospital,” Battalion Chief Mike Pott said.
The younger Bailey, who works for Bailey Tree Company, would only ride in a car with his wife, Tina, his father said. “He was combative, but he followed Tina, they put her in a car. He wasn’t unconscious yet. They went to Marshall Hospital; he had serious injuries.”
Pott noted that “E(ngine)23 and M(edic)19 both followed the victim to Marshall because the crews believed the victim’s condition could worsen at any time and he would need immediate care if that happened.”
At Marshall, it was discovered that Mike Jr. had worse injuries than originally thought and he was transported to UC Davis Medical Center.
Now, he is out of the ICU but not out of the proverbial woods. “He’s out, but he needs a lot of therapy,” the elder Bailey said. “He’s talking, but he can’t put things together.” His son needs to work with a speech therapist, Bailey Sr. said. “He’s married, and his wife had to go on reduced salary” and reduced hours to take care of him.
“He’s always been willing to — and has — helped anybody at any time, friends or people on the side of the road,” Bailey Sr. said. “He’s very open with his wallet. We’re hoping in his time of need, his friends and the community will throw in a buck” to help him recover.
An emergency fund has been set up for Bailey Jr. at El Dorado Savings bank, account number 013248273.