Ashley's Medical Fund
Alert 1 flighted her to Kalispell Regional Medical Center, where she was stabilized and found to have an atlanto-occipital dislocation (also called internal decapitation), lung contusion and facial trauma. Alert fixed wing flighted her to Harborview Medical in Seattle Washington last night. Ashley wasn't stable enough for surgery during the night but is headed in at 12:30 p.m. today. The surgery has high risks and the outcome is unknown. Hunter has a severe concussion, but is expected to make a full recovery.
Ashley is the oldest of eight kids, is twenty-seven years old and a single mother of a sweet baby boy named Paxton who is just over one year old.
Funds raised will help pay for Ashley's medical bills, and support her recovery and son. We would like to raise as much as possible soon, by tonight we will know wether she made it through the surgery and what her recovery will look like.
These last twenty fours have been incredibly hard for my whole family, we are all very heartbroken and trying to stay strong for her. Her team of doctors and nurses are taking this one step at a time because even though they are a major trauma center, they don't see this injury very often due to the fact that it's very uncommon for anyone to survive beyond the accident itself. Immediate death is the normal outcome for what she has, so everyone needs to know how God has had his hand of protection on her from the start. Please keep praying.
From all of the Gilbert family, thank you for your donations and support. We will be updating as we know more about Ashleys condition.
Latest news, Ashley was transferred to KRMC on Monday into rehab-and today will be released home!
I am in awe of how strong Ashley is, and the support we have gotten from the community.
Although this is amazing news, Ashleys journey is far from over. She will have to be periodically re admitted to KRMC for surguries. The name a few Ashley will need to have her nose re broken and set properly now that the swelling has gone down, she will lose at least three of her front teeth and will have metal posts put in for fake ones eventually, and a hematoma will need to be cut out of her cheek. All these things will come with new difficulties and healing time.
Please continue to share, donate and keep praying! Ashley's journey is far from over and although the road ahead is long-she will have her family and all of you amazing people standing next to her!
Please continue to share and spread the word!
Also if you are wanting to, a private donation can be made in person to us and will be added into are total as an offline donation. Thank you all so much! We will continue to let you know more about Ashley as we hear from our mom in Seattle.
Although it seems hardly enough, I want to express my most heartfelt thanks to Sarah Gilbert for setting up Ashley's fund and for everyone that has contributed. The fact that Ashley is alive is nothing short of miraculous and the fact that she isn't paralyzed is equally a miracle. We, however, have a long road ahead of us. Her recovery will be long and slow.
Ashley is strong and has worked through so many obstacles in her life and I have such respect for her because of that. Although she lives with me, her goal was to be back out on her own early this spring. Her car accident a few months back was devastating to her plans, but she and Paxton survived and she was so thankful. She worked tirelessly to finally get her new car just a few weeks ago. It took weeks and weeks of 25.00 here and 50.00 there from her tip money at work to finally get herself back on the road.
She will be off work quite awhile during her recovery. The money that has been donated to Ashley's fund will enable her to focus on her recovery and complete healing. Every dollar that is so graciously given will help her and Paxton so much. I will never be able to express my gratitude enough but all I can say is thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I just wanted to update everyone that because Ashley is unable to withdraw funds I will be be doing so on her behalf if she needs any before she has recovered enough to do it on her own. Once she is able I will pass the title of beneficiary on to her.
Thank you all so much!