Last Wednesday Ptah Dunbar, just a couple of days after attending WordCamp San Francisco, was involved in a near fatal motorcycle accident in Miami, Florida. He was pronounced dead on the scene, but was revived. For the last week he has been recovering at a hospital in Miami, but was allowed to go home this week to continue recovering there.
Dunbar’s friend and fellow developer David Bisset kept the WordPress community updated on his condition via a number of posts on Google+, where over 100 comments were left in support of Dunbar.
Earlier today members of the WordPress community organized GetWellPtah.com, a site dedicated to collecting money to provide financial relief for Ptah and his family. The site’s message includes:
As a freelancer, Ptah was without insurance at the time of the accident. Aside from his hospitalization, his future involves many specialists and recovery time. He’s currently being cared for by family, who describe the situation as “immediate”.
Donations can be made directly to the Dunbar family at GetWellPtah.com, and comments may be left there to show support as well. The goal listed on the site is $6,000, which I’m told will cover his expenses for three months. At the time of this posted (only an hour or so since the site went live) the amount collected is over $4,000.
Update: Less than two hours after going live, GetWellPtah.com has raised $200 more than the $6,000 goal, and the number is still rising.
Updated update: Until further notice, the donation form at GetWellPtah.com is disabled. When more information is know about Ptah’s needs, the fund will be looked at again.