Man in coma after celebrating Seahawks win
PASCO, Wash. - "Freak accident" seems so overused these days. But it doesn't seem like there's a better way to describe what happened to Javier Gutierrez.
His celebration of the Seahawks' NFC Championship win has left him in a coma. Before you jump to the conclusion that he was drunk, his family insists that was not the case.
This father of four is now on life support after a simple fall.
Gameday was never supposed to end this way. One minute Javier Gutierrez was celebrating the Seahawks' big win. The next minute, someone was calling 911.
His wife, Virginia Gutierrez, said, "It can't be that bad. I was just talking to him. We were just walking together. What happened?"
What happened is that this active father of four, now has a severe brain injury. His wife, Virginia, is by his side as Javier lies in a medically-induced coma.
Virginia tells KEPR it's hard to go back and relive those moments that led up to her husband's accident. It's important to the story for you to understand just how this freak accident occurred.
It was the end of the NFC Championship Game and the Seahawks just got their bid to go to the Super Bowl. Everyone was excited, including Javier. Everyone was cheering and having a great time. In one step, Javier tripped and landed right in the middle of the street, smacking his head on the asphalt.
CPR was started and the ambulance was called right away. Virginia says nothing tragic happened, he didn't run out in front of a car. It was just a simple accident. It could have happened to anyone.
The 42-year old has massive swelling on his brain. Parts of his skull have been removed. He's on life support and has suffered a stroke.
Virginia brings the kids to see him every day. She's trying to help them understand their dad's condition is grim.
"We've been able to do hand prints with Dad. We traded hearts with Dad," she said.
At best, Virginia expects Javier could be in a long-term care facility for the rest of his life. At worst, Virginia doesn't want to think about.
"We would like to have a father. I would like to have a husband and so that is our hope and dream. We're letting God's will be done," she said.
The family has set up an online account to help cover his medical expenses. You can donate here.