Finding Theo: A Father's True Story of Loss, Courage, and Discovery
Timothy Krause, author
Theo Krause gains speed as he drops into a ravine on a remote Colorado mountain biking trail. As he rounds a bend his bike hits an awkward bump that catapults him head first into a loan aspen tree, splintering his neck. Staring at the sky, paralyzed, he thinks, “This is where I will die.” A mountain rescue team races in while a helicopter crew positions for a dangerous airlift. Hours later and five hundred miles away, Theo’s mother takes a phone call. The news is devastating. Her son will never walk again. Finding Theo is a father’s raw account of his son’s courageous battle for life. It is also a deeper story of discovery about the people whose lives became interwoven with Theo’s: the son of an Iranian immigrant who found him beside the trail, medical professionals—one, the sister of a Columbine High School massacre victim—and the cast of friends, family who guarded his soul. This is a story that lingers long after the last page turns provoking potentially life-altering questions about the meaning of “miracle” and how the world comes together to help. It is a story about humanity. It is a story about a young man's grit, determination and refusal to give up, regardless of the projected diagnosis.
Krause delivers a stirring account of his son Theo’s severe spinal injury and recovery. On Sept. 17, 2013, just a few weeks after he turned 25, Theo Krause was mountain biking in Crested Butte, Colo., when he lost control of his bike and launched headfirst into a tree. After being evacuated to a hospital by helicopter, Theo was told his neck was broken, he needed immediate surgery, and he probably would not walk again. In candid prose, Krause recounts his son’s struggle to walk, as well as Krause’s and his wife’s feelings of helplessness as parents. (“Emotions soared with each sign of progress and then plunged at every disappointment, slamming us back and forth between exhilaration and fear, hope and despair.“) Krause is repeatedly grateful and amazed as Theo makes remarkable strides in working toward living independently. Krause’s philosophizing is a bit tedious at times (“All of us, including me, are still in some stage of ‘finding Theo,’ in the sense of understanding our gifts, in understanding our place in the world”), but readers will root for the dogged Theo and all the friends, family, and medical professionals who supported him. (BookLife)