Amber's Medical Expenses
This life-changing accident occurred during a volunteer trip to the Best Friends Animal Society in Utah. Since childhood, animals and the outdoors have played a vital role in Amber's life. As a nurse in the Cardiovascular Surgical ICU at the Mayo Clinic, Amber's dedication to caring for others is apparent to anyone who meets her. This trip gave her the ability to combine these passions and give back to the animals that she cares so much about.
With such significant injuries, it is unclear when she will be able to return to her loving family in the Midwest to heal and rehab. Certainly, it will be many months before she can return to work. All donations received will be used for medical, travel, possible rescue fees, and any other unexpected expenses she may encounter. While she is a Mayo employee, she on her parent's insurance, which will not cover transport home.
She is far away from her family, friends, and her beloved animals. With this campaign, we hope to lessen the financial burden faced by both Amber and her family. Thank you for your donation.
So to sum up my experience, I fell May 20th and was rescued at 0200 on May 22nd. I had surgery on my pelvis that day; 6 pins placed that I will need to have surgically removed in about 9 months. The 3 fractures in my back are stable so I'm wearing the TLSO brace for those. I was discharged from the hospital in St. George, Utah on May 31st. I don't have insurance through Mayo Clinic (under my parents due to my age) so I couldn't afford the medical flight. However, my mom and I managed to fly commercial once my surgeon approved it! So June 1st I was admitted to Mayo Clinic and the process began again. I saw multiple medical teams, had a lot of X-rays and CT scans, myelogram, and surgery to fix my broken nose (that was a horrible one! Very painful!). With the help of the social worker, PT, OT, rehab, and psychologist, my new surgeon decided I was ready to go home June 7th . I will be back in 4 weeks for more x-rays and another CT scan. I'm basically bedrest for 10 weeks (minimal activity), then hopefully can begin rehab. BEING HOME IS WONDERFUL! We are in the process of getting home health because I need 24/7 care. I also have some complications due to my nerve damage that I'm tolerating. Either way, I'm still at the beginning of a long recovery. However, given the horror of my fall, I am extremely thankful and blessed. I'll get through it thanks to prayers and encouragement! I hope this helps make sense of a lot. Again, I can't say thank you enough to you all. Much love!
Mayo Medical Transport will come get you and bring you back..no charge...It needs to be a MD to MD transfer. Have the local MD caring for you call 507-255-2910. Our transfer center will take it from there. They transport the most critical of pts and would love to get you home.
I'm so sorry to hear of your accident. I pray for your speedy recovery & that the nursing staff is even half as good and caring as you were caring for my mother (Valerie "Joanie" Hoffman) last summer. I could not have made it through her 7 week hospital stay and death had it not been for you and Shelly (Bond). You will remain in my thoughts and prayers
Hi Amber, I was similarly injured in a fall. I sent you a message on FB, but since we're not FB friends you may have to click on messages --> more --> filtered in order to find it. We're in a small club of people that have fractured their back, and I wanted to offer some support and encouragement.
I donated when this first happened. I'm so glad you've recuperated as well as you have. What a blessing. I wish I had seen the other 18 updates, but never did. So happy for you and the future looks great!
Hard to believe it has been a year already. I'm happy to see and hear you are almost completely healed. Best of everything in your new ventures. Thanks for the update.