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Arwen and Violet' s Journey

$25,686 of $200,000 goal

Raised by 425 people in 19 months
Created June 4, 2017
Arwen Violet
on behalf of Melissa Bargeron
Arwen and Violet were in a terrible car accident Friday June 2, 2017, along with 4 other children (1 of the other children was their brother Matt) and 1 adult that was not related to Arwen, Violet, or Matt.
The accident was not good at all and has caused a life changing experience for this family.
Arwen who is 11 years old, remains unconscious. The most concerning thing now is the injuries to her brain. She has what's called a DAI. We won't know just how severe the damage to the brain is until she wakes up though. That goes along with the breaks to the sternum, ribs, finger, etc. The laceration to the liver seems to be healing.
Violet, who is 6 year old, has some major concerns. She has a level 5 laceration to the liver, but seems to be healing without any need for surgery so far. She has several fractured ribs, clavicle, sternum, wrist etc. The most concerning, and honestly the most heart breaking, is the damage to her spinal cord. We won't know the severity of that until she wakes up but so far it appears she has lost the use of her legs at this time. Time will tell, along with lots of tough rehab.
Matthew had a nasty cut on his forehead that unfortunately was down to the skull and is a few inches long. He also has fractures to his pelvis bone, other small cuts, bruises etc. He is doing much better though and has been released.
All of this to these bright and full of life babies. The family will face many financial challenges as bills begin to flow in. Please donate what you can to help the family with less financial  worries.
I am Jaime Nairn, a friend of Melissa, Arwen and Violet's mom. I was also Arwen' s teacher.  I currently live in Evans, Georgia which makes it possible for me to visit the girls often. I have started a Facebook page for the girls, Arwen Violet if you would like to follow their progress.  All money donated is going directly to the family as Melissa being named the beneficiary. Money raised will be used to assist with medical bills that will not be covered by insurance and family needs while Melissa stays by her daughter's side. The girls have a long road ahead of them. Violet will need extensive physical therapy and a wheelchair to fit her awesome style. Arwen, when she wakes, will need therapy as well. We will not know the extent of the damage to her brain until she wakes.
We thank you for any and all donations.

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Update 5
Posted by Arwen Violet
18 months ago
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Thank you for your continued support.
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Update 4
Posted by Arwen Violet
19 months ago
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These girls are fighters!
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Update 3
Posted by Arwen Violet
19 months ago
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Prayer changes things.
Violet is resting right now. We had a long night. I try my best to comfort her while she fights the pain, and you can definitely tell when her pain medication is due! The nurses moved her over some so I can get cuddles in bed with her when she's upset. She's much more awake today, and we are still working on keeping her comfortable. The good news is she was able to maintain her oxygen sat levels without the B-pap, so no more big scary mask on her face! She has a nose cannula on, just to give her a little boost. Her liver has improved enough that she can have Tylenol around the clock, in addition to her other pain meds. This is great news, considering how bad her liver was when we arrived. She has some "junk" in her lungs, and coughing is painful. She has wanted to watch some movies today for a few minutes at a time, which helps distract her from the pain a little bit. She has spoken a few times. We know she's sore from being intubated, and groggy from all of her medications.

Arwen is.... awake. And what I mean by that is she is conscious, but she can't communicate with us. I think she knows we're here though. She opens her eyes and tracks us occasionally, she reacts to us talking to her, and she is trying to vocalize a tiny bit. If you think of her brain as a map, all of the connecting roads were erased. We have to teach her those roads again, make those connections again. Only time will tell how much rehabilitation she will need. Her neurologist can't guarantee she will recover, but he is optimistic based off of what he saw on her MRI. She has a long, long road ahead of her. She is making a lot of progress right now, as the swelling and injury to her brain slowly heals. She will have an evaluation soon to test her baseline cognitive ability. Her body is doing wonderful. She will be moved out of the ICU very soon, maybe as soon as tomorrow, and to a regular room. I'm so, so happy she is doing so well, it just means our family will be doing a lot more traveling between the 3rd floor and the 5th floor!

Today an occupational therapist, a speech therapist, and a physical therapist visited Arwen. They will be visiting Violet tomorrow. They are writing up reports, and if all goes well with the insurance side of things, we will be meeting with someone from the Children's Hospital of Atlanta on Monday, to speak about rehabilitation plans for both girls.

The girls also got to visit with therapy dogs today! Service dogs are something I will definitely be thinking of for both girls, in the future.

I had a visitor today, a wonderful man named Donald, whose spinal cord injury is in almost the exact same spot as Violet's. He has been following our story on the news, and wanted to visit. He plays tennis everyday, he has two grown children, and a healthy and happy life. He gave me a lot of hope for our future.

I couldn't do this without all of you. The support and kindness we have received from family, friends, our MES family, this hospital, bystanders, and strangers has been overwhelming, and I could not possibly be more grateful. Keep my girls in your thoughts, as I know you all will. Think of my son too, their brother. He is going through a lot emotionally right now, in addition to his physical injuries. Think of me as well, if I may selfishly ask. Seeing their pain, and their struggle is heart wrenching, and also fills me with a rage like I've never felt before. We are going to get through this together though, I will be their rock, until they have their strength back. Because if my girls are anything, they are FIGHTERS.

You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice. - Bob Marley

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Update 2
Posted by Arwen Violet
19 months ago
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Keep praying!!
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