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Family and friends of Douglas Rachowicz are uniting to raise money to help pay for expenses while Doug recovers in the hospital. Thank you

As the families of four Indiana soldiers prepare to say their final goodbyes, one local family is preparing for a long road toward recovery. Pvt. Doug Rachowicz was the only survivor of Friday's explosion that killed four Indiana National Guardsmen in the Kandahar Province of Afghanistan. Doug Rachowicz, 29, of Hammond, was driving a armored vehicle clearing a combat route for the U.S. Army when an explosion blew the vehicle apart.

His fiancée’s brother and the company's medic were in the van behind his. When they saw him trying to climb out, that's when they jumped out of the truck to help him, he said. The medic attended to him, and he was rushed to a military hospital before being airlifted to Landstuhl, Germany. He arrived Sunday at a hospital in Virginia to be re-evaluated and prepare for multiple surgeries.

Although the soldier's 6-year-old daughter, Jenna Rachowicz, and son, 12-year-old Dylan Rachowicz, won't be able to fly out to see their father yet, other family members are being rushed to his bedside. The soldier's father and his mother, Kathy Rachowicz, are leaving Monday to be with him as he faces the reality of what happened.

We can’t change what has happened, but we can pray. Pray for the families that have lost their loved ones. Continue to pray for Doug that is in the hospital and is in need of care, as well as pray for strength for his family. I know it is going to be a long rough road ahead of them.

Thank you for all of your donations, support and most importantly prayers. We do believe in miracles and we thank God for what He is has done and is continuing to do in Doug’s life.

The Family & Friends of Douglas Rachowicz


Doug is probably having surgery tomorrow morning, starting out with repair of the pelvis, and ankle. Possibly some work on the spine.

Doug is resting more comfortably with additional pain meds. Too much respiratory distress to consider taking off the vent just yet. Our thanks to all of you, please continue to pray. The Lord is truly by his side.

Doug is much more alert and aware today. Tomorrow the plan is to do a tracheotomy and put in a feeding tube. Within time when he doesn't need the support of the vent it can be removed. This will make the surgery on his face easier. Moving forward, just very slowly. The emotional healing hasn't yet begun. Thank you all for prayers, please continue.

Change of plans again, no surgery today. Blood gas too low, waiting for more healing of the lungs. Keep praying the hand of God is surely with us.

The most recent update on Doug is slow progress on the lungs but still progressing. They showed us an xray from the first day and one from today, there has been a huge improvement. It's just slow and frustrating. This is a wonderful place for recovery. Keep praying, the healing hand of God has worked amazingly so far.

Here's the latest update on Doug. The trach is scheduled for tomorrow morning. This will allow the docs to reduce sedation and get the work done on his facial fractures. They put in a pic line and pulled his central line. Reduced the vent setting to 40% and lowered his peep to 14. All of this shows improvement in his lungs. Please keep praying for his recovery and please pray for peace of mind to his children. Thank you all....

The latest update on Doug is: Trach was placed successfully yesterday, no more sedation. Lots of pain meds, trying to get his days and nights acclimated again. He was able to tell the docs where the bulk of his pain is and it's his pelvis and back. He is tentatively scheduled for surgery friday to wire the fractures in his face. Keep praying, there is a long road ahead still physicall, mentally.

Doug had an amazing turnaround last night. He got out of bed to use the restroom, and asked to be shaved. Sleeping now, probably the rest of the day. Keep praying, there are many things in Doug's life that the good Lord will help him through. Thank you all for your continued support. God Bless

Today Doug learned the details of the incident that brought him to Walter Reed. He talked with with the professionals in length and knows how blessed he is. Physically he is doing remarkably well, and will adjust to this news also. Keep praying for all the soldiers, and for Doug and his children. God Bless...
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