A fundraiser has been launched for a Wilton man who faces months of recovery after a work-related accident.
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A fundraiser has been launched for a Wilton man who faces months of recovery after a work-related accident.

WILTON — A June 26 workplace accident left Jonathan Beaudette in the hospital for weeks and then months in recovery. One fundraiser has been started, and more are expected, to help him and his young family.

A fundraiser has been launched for a Wilton man who faces months of recovery after a work-related accident.A fundraiser has been launched for a Wilton man who faces months of recovery after a work-related accident.

Jonathan Beaudette of Wilton was recently seen at Maine Medical Center in Portland after a work-related injury. He will need months of physical therapy and rehabilitation before he can return to work. Fundraisers are being planned for Jonathan, who has a wife and two young children. Uploaded photo

Beaudette was previously with the Jay Fire Rescue Department. He has been doing on-the-job training for the past five years and is now a licensed arborist, his wife, Brittany Beaudette, told the Livermore Falls Advertiser last week. The couple’s son, Ethan, is 2 years old, and daughter Natalie was eight weeks old on Saturday, July 6.

Friend William “Bill” Axell started an online fundraiser. As of early July 8, it had raised $1,190 of the $60,000 goal to help with transportation, child care, medical treatment and other expenses.

On the morning of June 26, Jonathan was working on a tree in Yarmouth for Whitney Tree LLC, Brittany said. “He had installed an eyebolt in the leader and was going to attach a cable to the main part of the tree to stabilize it,” she noted. “After installing the eyebolt, he was moving the jack back toward the main part when part of the tree collapsed, caught the jack, and broke it. He fell 50 feet and hit the bucket when he hit the ground. He was strapped to the bucket at the time.”

His brother-in-law, Devin Stanley, was working with Jonathan at the time of the accident and was able to keep him still and call 911, Brittany said. He was immediately transported by ambulance to Maine Medical Center and placed in the intensive care unit, she noted.

“When he arrived at the hospital, he had a broken pelvis, femur, tailbone, vertebrae and multiple ribs,” Brittany said. “He also had a dislocated shoulder and internal bruising. He had two smaller surgeries to repair his shoulder and relieve pressure on his pelvis. Then he had a much larger surgery to insert plates and screws into the front and back of his pelvis. We weren’t given an estimated time to leave the hospital, only ‘at least a few weeks.’ Hopefully, he won’t need more surgery, but he will need extensive rehab and physical therapy.”

Jonathan will be in a wheelchair for at least three months, Brittany said. “At that time, if he can put weight on his leg, we hope to transition from a wheelchair to a walker,” she said. “He’ll need rehabilitation throughout this process. We hope it’ll be through a home rehabilitation company instead of a hospital stay.”

As Brittany noted, it will be many months before Jonathan is considered cured, and his return to work will largely depend on his level of mobility following rehabilitation and physical therapy.

She said Sunday Jonathan is now able to move around a little with assistance. “We’re working on that,” she noted. He’s now able to drink clear fluids, nothing else, she added.

Brittany said there isn’t much information about other fundraisers, but Axell is organizing them.

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