An Omaha couple is counting their blessings after a bad motorcycle accident nearly a month ago.
Mike and Mandi Sather are still recovering after a deer hit them on Highway 1, west of 54th Street in Murray, Nebraska. The crash sent both of them to the hospital.
Mike Sather is at home now, though bound to his basement in a wheelchair. The details of the accident are still somewhat of a blur. “I saw the deer, I saw my wife scream, and that's kind of the last thing I remember until there was somebody standing over me, saying, telling me not to move," Mike says.
Nearly a month later, Mike has several broken bones in his foot, a broken scapula, and several broken ribs. His two sons have to help him with some of his most basic needs.
His wife Mandi is still in the hospital recovering from severe head trauma. “If we weren't wearing helmets, I don't believe my wife would be here today, and best case scenario is I would probably be in her situation," Mike says.
Mike and Mandi took all precautions. They were both wearing DOT approved helmets. Mike's boots helped protect his feet.
If you look at the motorcycle, you'll find only a few scrapes. Mike and Mandi took the brunt of the force. That day, when the deer hit them and they slid 208 feet before stopping, it was something they had never prepared for. “We just never really thought about having both of us being incapacitated at one time; both of us losing our income, both of us losing the ability to take care of our children," Mike says.
Mike and Mandi are not eligible for temporary disability with their employer and just received their last paycheck. Mike thinks it could be at least a month before he can get back to work.
A benefit fund has been set up at Great Western Bank in Omaha under the name, "Mike and Mandi Sather."
Family and friends are also holding a dinner and silent auction fundraiser on Friday, August 1st from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Club, 1530 Avenue F in Council Bluffs. Dinner is a free will donation.