Father of 4 crushed by truck fights for life; family looks for help

A horrible accident leaves a husband and father fighting to survive.

The Commerce Township man was crushed while working on his truck and is now fighting to survive.

Richard Natin loved working on his F-150, and knew how to get his truck to fire. What he didn't know this time, was that the truck was still in gear.

The truck leaped forward and a tire rolled over his neck pinning him the ground without oxygen. Firefighters freed him but he'd gone so long with oxygen that he is now in grave condition.

Kim Natin sees her husband at Botsford Hospital and says he's not breathing on his own.

"Not very good, he's got severe brain swelling," she said. "They are saying his brain is going to swell so bad that it is going to drop on his spinal cord and he'll be gone instantly."

Richard's mother Babe Natin also visits him every day.

"I know as a mother, that he knows I'm there," she said. "I ask him to come back to me, and tell him his girls need him, Kim needs him."

Richard and Kim have four daughters ages 6 through 18. Richard ran his own one-man landscaping business, he wanted Kim to stay home with the daughters. 

But with no medical insurance the family is suddenly in an emotional and financial panic.

"I have a car payment, I don't know how I'm going to make that," Kim said. "I have $1,850 a month in a rental house, I don't know how I'm going to pay that. My daughter was supposed to get braces tomorrow and I had to call and cancel that appointment." 

A family friend helped kim set up a GoFundMe page to help for transportation, housing and the growing girls are going to need clothes.

"Mackenzie, the oldest one is having a very hard time," Babe said. "Carly is the second one, Kayla, the third one, does a lot of crying - her and her father were very close. Mya the youngest one, knows but doesn't know.

"All we have is each other and the help of anyone who would help us with this load."

Richard left the house  just to pick up a ham for the family's Easter celebration, and no one has been able to speak with him since.

"For any mother or father out there, hold them in your arms," Babe said. "You never know when they're going to go."

If you would like to help the Natin family CLICK HERE to make a donation on their GoFundMe page.

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