The Range talked with Moises Orozco's partner yesterday about an accident the Tucson artist had this week on Friday, Sept. 27, falling off the roof of the two-story Sculptors Resource Center and landing on a jagged metal sculpture below.
Phoebe Jenkins told us Orozco was in serious condition when he first arrived at UMC, but is expected to do well despite the serious nature of his injuries. Orozco had to have titanium rods placed in his face because when he fell on the sculpture he landed face first and he had to have a second surgery on his leg.
To help pay for his medical expenses (Orozco does not have health insurance) and expenses during what Jenkins said will be about a two-month recovery, she and other friends launched an indiegogo campaign to raise $5,000 and more. There remain 46 days on the campaign, and so far, as of this writing, more than $7,000 is pledged.
Jenkins said she was "thrilled" by the response to the campaign.
"Right now the focus is on the surgery and healing," she said. "But of course, I feel blessed."
Jenkins said there are some short-term memory issues and Orozco was having difficulty speaking and does not remember the fall. But the prognosis so far is good, despite the injuries from the fall to his upper body and head. He's expected to be out of the hospital in the next day or two, and then head home to heal.
"He's super healthy and positive," Jenkins said. "His spirit now is very strong as well, and he's even managed to crack a joke."
Here's the most recent update from the campaign's indiegogo page:
[UPDATE (9/29): We have almost reached our goal!!!! (OMG thank you!) But we will NOT STOP THERE! The reason the goal was set so low ($5,000) was to ensure that we would reach it (IdieGogo takes a higher percentage of the proceeds if we do not reach the goal than if we reach it). In reality, OUR GOAL IS $25,000 or more. Moises is getting intense surgery, titanium implants and many days in a hospital plus is going to need major oral surgery/work at a later date. We cannot stop at $5,000. Even $25,000 will be a small contribution. Please reach out to everyone who know in any way who can help donate, auction, raise funds, etc, etc,. ] Thank you from our hearts.
Jenkins said a benefit in the works at Hotel Congress with a lot of local bands. A date will be announced soon. The Range will keep you posted.