Southington family seeking support after teen injured in ATV accident

Southington family seeking support after teen injured in ATV accident

Record-Journal


SOUTHINGTON — Family and friends of a local teen are hoping to raise money for ramps, a wheelchair-accessible van and other medical expenses after he suffered a spinal cord injury in an ATV accident.

Ryan Catlin, 15, was injured while on vacation in Maine on July 29. He’s being flown from Portland, Maine to a hospital in Atlanta, Georgia this week, according to his father, Ken Catlin. Doctors are still evaluating what the teen’s recovery will be like and how much he’ll heal.

Jennifer Beaudoin, cousin of Ryan’s mother Amy Catlin and a former Southington resident, said Ryan lost the use of his body from the chest down. He’s working to regain the use of his arms and recovery is expected to take months.

“It’s a devastating thing. He’s keeping positive,” she said. “He knows that he’ll never probably walk again. His main goal is to get his arms to move again.”

Ken Catlin and his wife Amy have been traveling back and forth from Maine to their Southington home and will soon be flying from Atlanta to Southington on a regular basis. Beaudoin said a fund set up for the family intends to pay for some of the travel.

The fund can be found online at https://www.youcaring.com/ryancatlin-894036. As of Wednesday afternoon friends and family had donated nearly $60,000.

Ken Catlin said people have helped in a host of ways, including taking care of the house during absences.

“The love and support from family, friends and complete strangers has just been overwhelming to us,” he said. “The fact that all of this has been going on is just amazing.”

The family’s $200,000 goal is to make accessibility changes to their home for Ryan upon his return. Donations will also go toward purchasing a wheelchair accessible van.

Beaudoin called Ryan an extraordinary kid and “an all-American.”

At Southington High School he played a number of sports including rugby. The Southington Rugby team’s Facebook featured a post on Ryan, wishing him well and urging people to support his fund. Ryan enjoys fishing, boating, water and snow skiing as well, and hoped to attend the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

Amy Catlin has taken a leave of absence from her job while Ryan recovers.

“It’s whirlwind for them,” Beaudoin said. “Everything is at a standstill now.”

Beaudoin is helping plan a fundraiser for September. Details are still being finalized.

jbuchanan@recordjournal.com 203-317-2230 Twitter: @JBuchananRJ


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