Elizabeth's Recovery Fund
Elizabeth needs our help now - and ongoing, as her recovery will be long and difficult. She suffered massive injuries to her leg, hip and back and is still in critial condition. There is no remaining skin on her back, leaving her muscles and spine exposed. She will continue to have daily debridement surgery on her back and legs in order to keep her wounds clean before skin grafting can begin. Due to Elizabeth's strength and instincts during the trauma of being dragged beneath a car, her spine and muscles are intact. Still, Elizabeth has months of surgeries, physical therapy and other procedures ahead of her in the healing process.
Despite this tragic event, Elizabeth remains positive and upbeat - concerned more for her family and friends than for herself. Elizabeth is the type of person whose smile and sense of humor is infectious. She's ambitious, strong and intelligent - someone with a very bright future. Help us bring her back to health so that she can continue living fully and vibrantly - postively affecting even more lives around her.
She is at University Hospital Brackenridge in Austin, Texas and is in great hands with the hospital's phenomenal trauma team.
The driver who hit Elizabeth was thankfully apprehended the following day by the Austin Police.
Elizabeth needs all the support that her community can provide. Medical and personal expenses are piling up quickly, and her journey to recovery has just begun. Please help in any way you can. No donation is too small.
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Donations are still necessary and welcomed for offsetting the millions of dollars of medical costs that Elizabeth has accrued just being alive and getting back on her feet. Please help by giving in any way that you can. Thank you so much for your support!
Thank you to everyone for all of the loving comments and support!
Elizabeth successfully completed treatment at the rehab clinic, and she returned home a few days ago!
She's been settling in to regular home life; watching Netflix and eating pizza, but still maintaining her workout regimen ;)
Her progress has been AMAZING and swift because of her unbelievably positive attitude, and because of all of the encouragement and support she has received.
She is using a combination of a wheelchair, crutches and a walker to get around. But already, she wants to go faster than these vehicles even allow! Despite her lingering injuries, Elizabeth is encouraged by her fast progress and healing, and she continues to move forward each day! She is so happy to have returned to her home, to her loved ones, and her pets who put a smile on her face every day!
Signing out for now! Catch Elizabeth on the news this evening for a full update! :)
Thank you all so much for your amazing support and well wishes!
Elizabeth and her trauma team have been hard at work over here at Brackenridge! In fact, tomorrow she leaves for a rehab facility closely associated with the hospital. This facility maintains the close personal medical care she requires, combined with a minimum of three hours a day for physical and occupational therapy. This is a BIG step, and one she had to jump at when the bed opened up.
Words cannot describe the first day she walked. Literally WALKED down the ICU hallway. The whole staff cheered her on, and her personal surgeon even stopped by on his time off for a fist bump.
Please keep sending the positive energy. Honestly, anything at all, even warm wishes, have really kept her going and have truly kept her motivated to stay optimistic, even during the darkest of days. Optimism and support are really the most important things she needs right now.
There is so much I could say... but three days out of surgery I think these videos say it all. She loves all of you <3
To anyone in Northeast Ohio that is interested: We will be hosting a get-together at Colonial Beverage in Chesterland next Saturday April 9 from 6 til 9pm to auction off some wine-related goodies and provide a venue for fundraising. Feel free to invite friends and family and we hope to see you!
I can't remember how I came across your story, but holy crap are you ever an inspiring champ! To read along as you not only keep pushing physically, but especially mentally and emotionally... It has been so incredible. Thank you for sharing your journey! Endless positive thoughts and well wishes your way!
Checking in and looking for an update. Please let Elizabeth know we are still praying and sending healing thoughts her way. Blessings!!
If Elizabeth is still in Texas, I don't know if anyone has suggested them, but DARS helps people with the medical and disability access things they need to get along in school or in the job force. http://www.dars.state.tx.us/
Really glad you're doing well, Elizabeth. Welcome home!
Love the videos and Progress!! This Girl is on Fire!!! Go Beth and thank you Charlotte for your LOVE and updated!!
It's so inspiring to watch you working hard and continuing to improve. You are Austin's true rockstar and we are still thinking about and rooting for you!
Little One - so proud of you. All of us out here in Facebook Land are the invisible wings under your arms when you walk up and down the hospital halls. God bless you, and keep up the wonderful progress.
Wow, remarkable update! Keep it up!
Amazing to see you smiling still and hoping your recovery is going as well as possible!
I had a dream about you las night! You were very happy and everything was all better again, seems like my dream came true! You look great and am so proud of you
We've never met but I'm a cyclist in the area - keep on keeping on :)
Prayers are on there way
My brother and I both went to UT. We are praying for you!
Beth, I haven't seen you in such a long time but an Austin friend shared this and I couldn't believe I was staring at your picture. I am so angry for you but I'm glad you're still here. It looks like you are in good spirits and it excellent company! Thinking of you. Next time I'm in Austin I'm looking you up!
You have been one of the strongest and toughest girls I've known your whole life. Sending you so much love and hope for your recovery. If anyone can get through this you can.
Hearing that this happened to you broke my heart Beth. I miss your smiling face and we all know you can get through this!!!