Little Fort musician Bill Fowler (r) is shown with friend Franz Friesinger performing during a North Thompson Communities Foundation public event held a few years ago in Barriere. (Jill Hayward photo)

Little Fort musician Bill Fowler (r) is shown with friend Franz Friesinger performing during a North Thompson Communities Foundation public event held a few years ago in Barriere. (Jill Hayward photo)

Outpouring of generosity helps Little Fort man to recuperate

Bill Fowler’s healing journey has been made easier thanks to family, friends and a Go Fund Me page

Bill Fowler of Little Fort was severely burned on his legs and hand in an unfortunate incident on Oct. 12, 2020, while lighting an outdoor fire on his property. As a result he received second and third degree burns to the majority of his legs and left hand. He was home by himself at the time, but luckily was quick to respond and do what he could to put out the fire on his burning clothes. Bill was immediately transported to hospital where he spent over a month heavily sedated to help manage the pain and receive regular dressing changes. He returned home from the hospital in mid-November and is now well into a long road of recuperation.

Bill’s daughter, Angelina Gibson, does not live in the immediate area, but spent some time with her dad when he returned home. Seeing what the financial impact due to his injuries was going to be Angelina started a Go Fund Me page on Nov. 19, with a goal of $10,000.

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“I have been up to see my dad again twice now over the past few weeks to help out with some of his care,” said Angelina in an interview with the Star/Journal on Dec. 22, “It has been great to spend some time with him after all that has happened. He is doing well, but is still in quite a bit of pain as can be expected.”

She says the family is very thankful for the amazing outpouring of generosity that has come through the Go Fund Me page, and all the loads of firewood dropped off from Paul Faessler and the Barriere Lions Club.

“To date we have raised $9,350 of our $10,000 goal,” said Gibson, “Through the funds raised we have been able to purchase some special equipment that dad requires to make it easier for him to remain at home for dressing changes. The funds have also been used for supplements to help regain his strength, and are also helping with the cost of snow removal from a recent snowfall.”

She tells that Bill is now managing to get up and walk around the house on his own a bit each day, and his dressings are changed every three days. “His burns are healing nicely with no sign of infection.”

“Dad has also been picking up his guitar and attempting to play a bit. Although this is still quite painful to do because of the burns on his left hand it is also good therapy for the hand.”

Bill’s journey of healing will take a considerable amount of time before he can get back to a more normal life. Angelina says that for now he is watching a lot of Christmas movies, and in the spirit of the season just can’t resist playing a few Christmas carols on his guitar.

“We certainly have a lot to be grateful for this Christmas.”

You can find Bill Fowler’s Go Fund Me page at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/bill-fowler-burn-recover-fund