Cecil Bays' Family Recovery Fund

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Raised by 80 people in 3 months
As with many spring break trips, Jennifer and her son Ryan’s road trip from Northwest Arkansas to Western Arizona was full of excitement.  After moving to Northwest Arkansas just a little over a year ago, they were on their way back home to visit friends and family for spring break.  Unfortunately, the excitement and joy of their nearly-completed trip was cut short. 

On Sunday, March 10th, Ryan and Jennifer were involved in an automobile accident shortly after entering Arizona, westbound on Interstate 40.  Although the details of the accident are still being investigated, it is believed that another vehicle caused Ryan to swerve and ultimately lose control of the family’s Expedition, rolling multiple times along the highway.  Jennifer was airlifted to a hospital in Flagstaff, suffering broken ribs, a punctured lung, a severely dislocated elbow, and various other injuries.  Tragically, however, Ryan was not so fortunate and did not survive the wreck.

Jennifer’s husband, Cecil, took the next available flight to Flagstaff so he could be by his wife’s side when she regained consciousness.  Jennifer is aware of her son’s fate and is absolutely devastated.  They have no family or contacts that live in Flagstaff, and Cecil is staying in a nearby hotel and renting a car for transportation.  The arrangements for Ryan’s funeral are still on hold until Jennifer is out of the ICU.  Although Jennifer faces a long and painful road to recovery, the physical pain pales in comparison to the emotional suffering from the loss of her child – a pain that can never be completely overcome.

If any of you know Cecil Bays, you will likely know that he is the first to drop everything to help someone in need – and would be the last to ask others to help him in his time of need.  On his behalf in the wake of this tragic occurrence, we have started this GoFundMe to help support our friend and his family.  They have a long, difficult road ahead of them – with more surgeries to come and a funeral to plan and fund.

Most importantly, we ask that you keep the family in your prayers and thoughts as they endure this trying time.  Secondly, we humbly ask for your contributions to help ease the burden for the Bays family.  If you can and feel compelled to do so, please donate to help them as they attempt to recover from this tragedy. 

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Jennifer Salminen-Bays
Update for tonight she is in room #3718 in 3 West at Flagstaff Medical Center if anyone would like to send flowers, if you would like to send cards it may be best to wait until she is moved to Rehabilitation Hospital of Flagstaff. They are getting her transitioned to oral pain meds and her PT is progressing well.
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Jennifer is continuing to improve today they removed the chest tube from the last surgery as Jennifer puts it she is slowly losing tubes. Jennifer was also able to stand and take her first step since the accident during PT today. Tomorrow they should remove the epidural and continue to reduce the IV meds to get her off of them all so we can get her out of the ICU. Currently, the plan is to get her to the hospital's rehabilitation facility where she will be for two to two and a half weeks. We have to contact Jennifers health insurance to check on coverage for the rehab facility tomorrow. We do not have any details yet for Ryans funeral other than it will be in Lake Havasu City, We will update as soon as we have more information.
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We would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support and well wishes. Last night was a little rough after the meds from the surgery wore off she didn't get much sleep. The afternoon today brought improvement and the pain has eased. The Respiratory techs have been working with her to help rehab her lungs and to avoid phenomena. Jennifer is still in the ICU but hopefully will be in a regular room by the beginning of the week. We are still looking at a long road to recovery but we have definitely started rolling in that direction. We are still working as a family to plan Ryan's final arrangements and will pass on the detail as soon as we have them.
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