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Spencer Stone’s injuries detailed in new account to help the injured airman

Another gofundme online account has been set up following the stabbing of French train hero Spencer Stone – this one detailing the wounds suffered in the midtown brawl that sent him to a hospital with near-fatal injuries.

The “Spencer Stone Recovery Account,” which lists Stone’s brother Everett Stone as its creator, provides more details about the severity of the wounds suffered by the airman during a midtown melee last week.

Text posted on the account page says Spencer Stone, 23, was stabbed four times during an attack that punctured his heart, liver and a lung. Stone suffered a collapsed lung and had to undergo open heart surgery, according to the gofundme account.

The account, created Thursday, had raised $1,595 by Friday afternoon. Included in the gofundme account was a picture of a bare-chested Stone in his hospital bed with surgical staples in a line from his midsection to his collarbone.

The fund page said the military is covering Stone’s medical expenses, but the money is needed to reimburse family members, including Stone’s mother and sister, for time they’ve had to take off work to care for him. It also cited some “very specific personal security issues” connected to Stone, but offered no further details.

Stone and two childhood friends from Sacramento became instant celebrities in August when they tackled and disarmed a gunman on a French train. Shortly before the midtown stabbing, Stone had been applauded by patrons in Sacramento’s Badlands nightclub.

Stone was released Thursday from UC Davis Medical Center. In a news release, he expressed thanks for the public’s support and for the expert care of emergency responders and the team at the medical center.

Police said Thursday that investigators were still working to identify Stone’s assailants. Surveillance video shows Stone fighting with at least two assailants in the intersection of 21st and K streets before he was stabbed.

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A separate online gofundme page called Midtown’s Stand Against Violence has raised $2,555 after a week. Money raised in the fund, administered by the Midtown Business Association, will go toward a reward for any tip leading to the arrest of those who attacked Stone.

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The Midtown Business Association, Faces Nightclub, Mango’s Sacramento, Badlands, Sidetrax, and Low Brau Bierhall will match up to $3,500 raised from the public through the gofundme page.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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