Killian and Brandy's Recovery Fund

$32,603 of $100k goal

Raised by 752 people in 11 months
Brandy Dorn Oliver
on behalf of Brandy Gonzalez
 BOULDER, MT
Brandy and Killian were in a high speed head on collision on her way home from Idaho. There was a really bad hail storm that hit at the top of a hill that had a turn in it and when she got to the top the road turned and her car didn't and she ended up in the wrong lane. Both her and the other driver were pinned in the cars. The other driver is ok and it took them an hour and a half to get brandy out... of the car. They are both in hospitals in Boise and doing as good as can be expected what we know is that Brandy. has an open left lower leg fracture both bones, a right upper leg fracture and a left lower arm fracture both bones.
Killian has a right upper arm fracture, several broken ribs a fracture at the base of his skull where the brain stem connects to the spinal cord. He has a spleenic fracture that is no longer bleeding. He bruised both lungs but is holding his own
Killian has been sent to Saint Luke's as they have a better pediatric wing then Saint Als does
Here is her update
Update: Brandy is pretty broken left knee was tore off and sewed back on. Left ankle is pinned with a cage around it. Right leg femur set concerned about right knee and concerned about lower right. Left arm is not set yet. On blood thinners for injury to artery on neck Killian is doing good and we were told if they can keep him calm he won't need a halo just a brace
Brandy also got her brace off and they need to get the swelling down in her arm before they can operate on it. Killian is doing good and is just ready for the Drs to fix him so he can sit up and have lemonade
5-24-16
Brandy is doing good they elevated her left arm changed the brace on Her right leg and have changed the dressing on her left leg the rn here today is not nice
she has two surgeries tomorrow one on her arm and one on her right leg
Killians
Neurosurgeon is pushing for just trying the collars. They have a couple of different ones and for now they will switch them out every 24 hours to change the pressure points. They work by a committee here and are waiting for the other surgeons to weigh in. By not fusing the spine they are working outside the box so to speak. Anything you read will say to fuse. But his neurosurgeon has been 3 for 3 in just wearing the collar. They retain full range of motion and better quality of life. He got to sit up for little bit this afternoon and that took it out of him this evening if everything is still going good he can finally have his lemonade
Killian got to pull the NG tube out his nose!
I want to thank you all for prayers and thoughts!!! We have been in contact with their guardian Angel Leah Kaupanger-Woodward who was first on scene with her husband and held Killian's cspine the entire time!! She is the reason Killian is doing soo amazing!!! 
So we are hoping to raise funds to help with the medical expenses that are coming and to help with all the recovery that will be needed. We appreciate all the thoughts prayers and anything that can be donated to help while these two are recovering.

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Update 41
Posted by Brandy Gonzalez
3 months ago
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Ok everyone heres the newest update killian is still doing awesome at school and is still perfect other then a little cold he had last week. Yay! I have to have surgery on my left leg to get it straightened out. It has an extreme valgus (which means it is not straight). So that is a bummer but it will help in the long run. If I don't get it done I would shortly need a knee replacement but they say I'm to young and the longer I can put that off the better. So here we go again at least this time I will only be on crutches no wheelchair yay. Thank you for the continued prayers. You guys are awesome I will keep everyone posted as things happen. Love and God bless!
My crazy leg kind hard to see with jeans on
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Update 40
Posted by Brandy Gonzalez
4 months ago
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Hey everyone just an update and a merry Christmas and Happy new years. But killian got his tonsils out and teeth all fixed up. He had a great Christmas and is going amazing he is doing great in school and is making friends. I found a new physical therapist and am getting a little better all the time I'm know longer using a walker stairs and down hill are still very difficult and I half to find a happy medium for sitting and standing. To much of either one kills me. I want to thank everyone again for all the love and support that you have all given us this year. It's been a rough life changing year that I'm ready to see go and pray that next year is better for us. Again I can not thank you all enough I am not sure what my family and I would have done without all your help and prayers so again Merry Christmas and or whatever holiday you celebrate! And here is to a new year I hope that this next year brings you all joy and happiness. Love you all!
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Update 39
Posted by Brandy Gonzalez
6 months ago
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Alright update we thought we were going to get killians tonsils out today but he didn't react well with the meds to put him under he had some weezing and kinda weird sounds in his lungs. So now we are waiting to get him in to see the doctor. And we will see If we can try again next monday (Halloween) so that sucks je was so excited to be a dragon. I'm still having insurance problems so at the moment am not going to pt just working on what she had me doing before so we shall see if that. I will keep you all posted with killians stuff as we go thank you all again for the love and support through this all! Have a great day!
We thought we were ready
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Update 38
Posted by Brandy Gonzalez
7 months ago
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Hey everyone longtime no up date. Killian is doing great today is his last pt!! He has to get some teeth worked on and his tonsils out :-( but other then that he's doing amazing. He's in preschool now and is loving it couldn't ask for more with him. I'm walking a little better my left ankle kills me but they say I'm very lucky to still even have it. So we are all good there lol. I also have pt today no where close to done for me. But I can't complain I'm alive. The only other problem I'm having is that people keep taking there donations back. I don't have the money to give back I'm not working since the accident. I'm hoping it's just people don't know what the charge is so they try to get it back cause they think it was not them. But I just don't have it to give they people whom charged the accounts is wepay so if you see that it's from something like this. Me or someone else you helped. Thank you all again for the love and support have a wonderful day and be safe!
On our way to pt
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Leah Kaupanger-Woodward
10 months ago

Thank you everyone who has donated. Brandy is a very special mom. I'm so glad to have met her and her little boy, Killian.

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Dawn Fitzner
10 months ago

Leah is his guardian angel. I am so thankful Killian and his mother are going to be ok. As a side note I think it's horrible that people are leaving comments that her child should have been in a different car seat. Unless you know this family personally you do not even know what car seat he was in. It just said booster type seat. They make booster seats with high backs that have full restraints in them. It does not always go by age it goes by height and weight. He looks like a good size 4 year old. Also Do not cast stones upon this mother without first looking in the mirror and know you are not perfect. please just send this family encouragement and prayers and be thankful they are alive.

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Jessica Morse
10 months ago

Omg. I was a passenger in a car accident in December of 2014. I was internally decapitated. Ruptured spleen and broken ribs. We have the same exact injuries. I proved all my doctors wrong. Did not require surgery. I cried reading the experience article about Killian. I am so incredibly glad that he is doing so much better. I would love to keep in touch. I have been unable to find anyone who has survived these injuries. Your son is amazing

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Leah Kaupanger-Woodward
10 months ago
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Dawn, that's correct. Besides which, the team of neurosurgeons who have seen their fare share of brain trauma noted that a 5 point harness seat would have held his body tightly against the back seat allowing for ONLY his head and limbs to move forward. They believe this would have killed him for sure. Because his body was able to have SOME forward movement, his neck/head did not take the full force of impact. It was distributed over more of his body. There are many instances of this very thing happening. I don't advocate one type of seat over another. We are all doing our best as parents. There is someone out there who will always be a better wife, mother, sister, friend. We don't need anyone thinking they know better than others.

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Jerrie Barclift Crider
10 months ago
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I just read this story and am sending lots of prayers your way. My son and hubby were in a car accident on March 5, 2016. My son Zach was severely injured as well. He also had an internal decapitation, his C1 and C2 were fractured and had to be fused together (spinal cord was completely preserved). He is being released from the hospital to go home 14 weeks post accident. This past Sunday, he graduated from HS. From one mom to another, don't give up and don't take no for an answer. They said Zach would never be the same again...He proved them wrong. By the power of God and the prayers of all those who have read his story, Zach is doing extremely well. If you didn't know he was in an accident, you would never know the difference. God Bless!

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Katie McGarry-May
10 months ago
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Prayers to the family car accidents are scary

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Tammy Palyo
10 months ago
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Thank goodness he is going to be okay. Both of you are in my thoughts in this difficult time. As a mother, I can't image what it would be like to see my child in such a state and my heart breaks for you to have gone through that. Car Seats for the Littles is a Facebook page that has helped me understand the importance of car seat safety. This isn't my first time hearing about internal decapitation because there are, unfortunately, other stories out there like yours and they don't all have a happy outcome. Check out the page to learn more about how important it is to have your child in the right seat. I wish you both well!

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Jessi Ginn
10 months ago
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Praise God you are both safe!! I pray you both have a smooth recovery and that the doctors do their absolute best for both you. It truly is a miracle that you are both safe. I pray that the doctors continue to do all they can to get you both well :)

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10 months ago
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Sending prayers for a speedy recovery

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Karen Jones Dallas
10 months ago
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Somebody has written in the comments that this is a scam.... I am dumbfounded. This 'story' is reported on every major news site around the world. Do you not think this family have suffered enough without cruel comments like that? Anyway, moving on... My sister lost her little boy and he should have been 4 now so this story has hit me hard. Leah, you and your hubby are amazing. Brandy and Killian, I wish you a full recovery as quickly as possible. I will continue to donate little amounts as I can. I am enjoying reading the updates on the little guy so keep them coming xxx

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Caper Brown
10 months ago
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I've got my own fund page and I'll try to help when I can but good luck raising funds. It's amazing and i'm happy for him that he wasn't paralyzed. Children need to be children. Not live in a hospital or bedridden for life.

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Mary Elizabeth Foster
10 months ago
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I can't even imagine something like this happening. I wish I could help. Stay strong mama and baby boy you guys are doing great and I'm so so glad that the cop and his wife were there to save you and your little boy you guys are in my thoughts

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Mark Iles
10 months ago
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Having to make a public appeal to pay for medical bills........thank god the UK has the National Health Service!

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Alan Smitty
10 months ago
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This is nothing but a big scam!!

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Meghann Parrott
10 months ago
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I'm sorry to hear. Prayers for your family. 6 or 7 years ago my brother was hit on a four wheeler and also had an internal decapitation and lost his left leg. I look forward to reading about his recovery process

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Elver Gazuelta
10 months ago
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Will this little angel have full function of his legs?

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Debra Oliver Light
10 months ago
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I hope mom and son can be reunited very soon..they both need to see each other very soon. Hoping you both recovery fast.

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Stephanie Salvatore
10 months ago
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as so i am paid again i will fund your family .. i am so greatful to god watching over both of your family memebers letting the little man surive this accident ...

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Kerry DeGrasso Marsh
10 months ago
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Praying for Killian and Brandy. Here's to a smooth recovery and brighter skies.

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Vivian Jackson
10 months ago
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Sweet baby boy. I will send him something real soon!! Good Bless.

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$32,603 of $100k goal

Raised by 752 people in 11 months
Created May 31, 2016
Brandy Dorn Oliver  
on behalf of Brandy Gonzalez
RN
$100
Robert Novasel
2 months ago

Good Luck.

$20
Anonymous
4 months ago
AD
$30
Alexandra Dominguez
6 months ago

Glad to see he's doing so well! Praying for a full recovery.

EC
$20
Emily Calbes
6 months ago
1
1
CM
$50
Constance Maurer
6 months ago

I not only don't want my donation back I am giving more. Best of luck to you both.

$10
Victor Martinez
6 months ago

I hope you guys recover 100% soon. You're a cute little family and it's a shame that you live in such an unfair society where only rich people are able to pay for medical services. That wouldn't happen here in Europe. I'm a father of a 19 months old baby and your story really moved me. All the best and take care of yourselves!

$20
Anonymous
6 months ago
JH
$20
John Herron
7 months ago
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Greetings again Brandy from your fans in Australia

$10
Anonymous
7 months ago
ET
$50
Erin Tangen
7 months ago
1
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So glad to hear you guys are healing up - I'll keep praying for your ankle. I can't believe people want their donation back - that's terrible. Keep the Faith - there are lots of us on your side! God's not done - we are all a work in progress. Take care, and thanks for the updates!

Leah Kaupanger-Woodward
10 months ago

Thank you everyone who has donated. Brandy is a very special mom. I'm so glad to have met her and her little boy, Killian.

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Dawn Fitzner
10 months ago

Leah is his guardian angel. I am so thankful Killian and his mother are going to be ok. As a side note I think it's horrible that people are leaving comments that her child should have been in a different car seat. Unless you know this family personally you do not even know what car seat he was in. It just said booster type seat. They make booster seats with high backs that have full restraints in them. It does not always go by age it goes by height and weight. He looks like a good size 4 year old. Also Do not cast stones upon this mother without first looking in the mirror and know you are not perfect. please just send this family encouragement and prayers and be thankful they are alive.

+ Read More
Jessica Morse
10 months ago

Omg. I was a passenger in a car accident in December of 2014. I was internally decapitated. Ruptured spleen and broken ribs. We have the same exact injuries. I proved all my doctors wrong. Did not require surgery. I cried reading the experience article about Killian. I am so incredibly glad that he is doing so much better. I would love to keep in touch. I have been unable to find anyone who has survived these injuries. Your son is amazing

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Leah Kaupanger-Woodward
10 months ago
8
8

Dawn, that's correct. Besides which, the team of neurosurgeons who have seen their fare share of brain trauma noted that a 5 point harness seat would have held his body tightly against the back seat allowing for ONLY his head and limbs to move forward. They believe this would have killed him for sure. Because his body was able to have SOME forward movement, his neck/head did not take the full force of impact. It was distributed over more of his body. There are many instances of this very thing happening. I don't advocate one type of seat over another. We are all doing our best as parents. There is someone out there who will always be a better wife, mother, sister, friend. We don't need anyone thinking they know better than others.

+ Read More
Jerrie Barclift Crider
10 months ago
4
4

I just read this story and am sending lots of prayers your way. My son and hubby were in a car accident on March 5, 2016. My son Zach was severely injured as well. He also had an internal decapitation, his C1 and C2 were fractured and had to be fused together (spinal cord was completely preserved). He is being released from the hospital to go home 14 weeks post accident. This past Sunday, he graduated from HS. From one mom to another, don't give up and don't take no for an answer. They said Zach would never be the same again...He proved them wrong. By the power of God and the prayers of all those who have read his story, Zach is doing extremely well. If you didn't know he was in an accident, you would never know the difference. God Bless!

+ Read More
Katie McGarry-May
10 months ago
4
4

Prayers to the family car accidents are scary

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Tammy Palyo
10 months ago
3
3

Thank goodness he is going to be okay. Both of you are in my thoughts in this difficult time. As a mother, I can't image what it would be like to see my child in such a state and my heart breaks for you to have gone through that. Car Seats for the Littles is a Facebook page that has helped me understand the importance of car seat safety. This isn't my first time hearing about internal decapitation because there are, unfortunately, other stories out there like yours and they don't all have a happy outcome. Check out the page to learn more about how important it is to have your child in the right seat. I wish you both well!

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Jessi Ginn
10 months ago
3
3

Praise God you are both safe!! I pray you both have a smooth recovery and that the doctors do their absolute best for both you. It truly is a miracle that you are both safe. I pray that the doctors continue to do all they can to get you both well :)

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10 months ago
3
3

Sending prayers for a speedy recovery

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Karen Jones Dallas
10 months ago
2
2

Somebody has written in the comments that this is a scam.... I am dumbfounded. This 'story' is reported on every major news site around the world. Do you not think this family have suffered enough without cruel comments like that? Anyway, moving on... My sister lost her little boy and he should have been 4 now so this story has hit me hard. Leah, you and your hubby are amazing. Brandy and Killian, I wish you a full recovery as quickly as possible. I will continue to donate little amounts as I can. I am enjoying reading the updates on the little guy so keep them coming xxx

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Caper Brown
10 months ago
2
2

I've got my own fund page and I'll try to help when I can but good luck raising funds. It's amazing and i'm happy for him that he wasn't paralyzed. Children need to be children. Not live in a hospital or bedridden for life.

+ Read More
Mary Elizabeth Foster
10 months ago
2
2

I can't even imagine something like this happening. I wish I could help. Stay strong mama and baby boy you guys are doing great and I'm so so glad that the cop and his wife were there to save you and your little boy you guys are in my thoughts

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Mark Iles
10 months ago
1
1

Having to make a public appeal to pay for medical bills........thank god the UK has the National Health Service!

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Alan Smitty
10 months ago
1
1

This is nothing but a big scam!!

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Meghann Parrott
10 months ago
1
1

I'm sorry to hear. Prayers for your family. 6 or 7 years ago my brother was hit on a four wheeler and also had an internal decapitation and lost his left leg. I look forward to reading about his recovery process

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Elver Gazuelta
10 months ago
1
1

Will this little angel have full function of his legs?

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Debra Oliver Light
10 months ago
1
1

I hope mom and son can be reunited very soon..they both need to see each other very soon. Hoping you both recovery fast.

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Stephanie Salvatore
10 months ago
1
1

as so i am paid again i will fund your family .. i am so greatful to god watching over both of your family memebers letting the little man surive this accident ...

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Kerry DeGrasso Marsh
10 months ago
1
1

Praying for Killian and Brandy. Here's to a smooth recovery and brighter skies.

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Vivian Jackson
10 months ago
1
1

Sweet baby boy. I will send him something real soon!! Good Bless.

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