Bus crash victim fights for city to pay medical expenses incurred by injuries

Chad Plante was struck by a city bus in 2016 and suffered traumatic injuries

SIOUX CITY, Iowa - "It's a miracle. I mean it really is a miracle to look at Nov. 15th, 2016 and February 14th, 2018. I mean he's come a long way. There's still a long way to go, but he's come a long way," Elisabeth Murdach, family friend. 

At 5:30 in the morning on Nov. 2016, Chad Plante was hit by a city bus, causing multiple broken bones and a traumatic brain injury. Two years later, he's still recovering. 

"His face was very beat up. He had bruises on him. He was full of tubes. He was not the Chad that I had known in the past," says Murdach.

The city has agreed to pay for many of Plante's expenses along his road to recovery, until a recent dispute at Monday's city council meeting was brought to the public eye, now in the process of litigation. 

(From Monday Council Meeting):

"I am here specifically today requesting answers as to why the recent request for treadmill and the software for Mr. Plante's computer that were requested by his physical therapist, occupational therapist and Dr. Durwood were denied," says Murdach.

"First of all let me just interrupt you right there. It is in litigation. Once you hire an attorney, we are advised by our council and not only this council, but the council that's representing us that we cannot, should not, and will not speak on or off the record about this case," says Mayor Bob Scott. 

"Well I would just like to know what the protocol would be if it were a member of your family, sir. How would you react?" asks Murdach.

"I'm not going to go there but the protocol would be if the city asked for something I would do it. I would clarify it," says Scott. 

"I was told by Bob Scott that they had asked for more information or clarification on the matter, which is simply not true,"says Murdach.

Plante's wife Rosanne, took to Facebook stating her frustration with the city saying the city did not ask for clarification on why they needed the equipment, but says they simply denied her request as outlined in this email. 

"I guess I went to city council really looking for some answers. I don't feel that they are qualified to make a decisions as to what Chad needs and doesn't need. So I think if three medical professionals are requesting this, let's get it for him," says Murdach.

While Plante is still making his way towards recovery...

"Chad is still not able to be left alone...It's very hard to watch him learn how to swallow again, learn how to lift his leg again. The speaking wasn't there at first; it was only a whisper. Chad still struggles every day knowing he can't do the things he used to do," says Murdach.

Council member say they cannot comment about this case, nor can the Plante's until the situation is solved. 

"With the management of the city of Sioux City right now, across the board, I've lost a lot of faith in this town," says Murdach.

 


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