America's Next Top Model Contestant Bello Sanchez Severely Injured in Car Crash
Bello Sanchez has sustained facial abrasions, a right shoulder injury, and is experiencing anterograde amnesia
“It’s a miracle that reality TV star Bello Sanchez is alive, doctors say, following near-fatal head-injuries that he received during a car accident in metro Los Angeles,” a representative for Sanchez, tells PEOPLE in a statement.
According to the statement, “the accident occurred in the suburb of La Crescenta while Sanchez was driving home after walking in a fashion show. Sanchez was driving his Infiniti G37 when he fell asleep at the wheel due to exhaustion and over-work following an intense schedule of appearances in fashion shows in Los Angeles and Atlanta.”
“The car was totaled and he was found lying unconscious on the ground next to the driver’s door after attempting to flee from the smoking car. Doctors say that, had the airbags not deployed, the accident would have been fatal. Sanchez’s head would have burst through the windshield.”
“He was alone in the car.”
“With his face covered in blood and suffering from a concussion, he was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.”
“Sanchez has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and anterograde amnesia, a condition that causes an inability to create new memories, though long-term memories remain intact.”
“He’s expected to make a full recovery.”
The model, 26, has set up a Go Fund Me page set up to help pay his medical bills. According to the page, he has also sustained facial abrasions and a shoulder injury. He is hoping to raise $30,000, since he currently does not have health insurance.