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Cristol Cares

$18,800 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 125 people in 5 months
Created July 2, 2018
Love4CristolCares
on behalf of Jeffrey Morgan
31032718_1530646657447976_r.jpegFriends, Family and Fellow Good-Doers,

Help Cristol recover!
 

My name is Michelle, a cousin of Cristol's and here is her story:
On June 22nd, Cristol was involved in a 4 wheeler accident in the Dominican Republic (her home) while in her driveway.  She was a passenger on a friend's 4 wheeler that appears to have had something go wrong.  The exact cause of the accident is unknown.  Cristol has not been able to recollect the event.  Cristol and Jeff, as well as many other people in the area use 4 wheelers as a form of transportation rather than an automobile.  The terrain is rugged and difficult to navigate.  Cristol's spinal cord has been severed between the C5 and C6 vertebrae.  Medically speaking, Cristol will never walk again and will have use of her hands only after intense therapy.  She also has damage to C2 and C3 limiting her ability to breathe on her own.  She has undergone one surgery thus far to place screws in her vertebrae.  Cristol has also been intubated as she has had an infection in her lungs and challenges with breathing.  Another surgery is planned later this week to place more screws and to perform a tracheostomy. 
Cristol has no health insurance.  She remains in ICU.  Doctor's prognosis is that Cristol will never walk again.  Medical bills are already adding up to insurmountable amounts.  I cannot begin to imagine the overall costs of her care, but what I do know is that together -  WE CAN HELP!       
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For those of you that know Cristol, you know she is a God loving woman that is always willing to help anyone, anywhere.  While in the Dominican, she has been giving back by caring for animals throughout the local communities... a true heart for serving.  Now she and Jeff need us  -   The hospital she is in requires PRE-PAYMENT for surgeries etc., so immediate help is needed.    Although the doctors say Cristol may not be able to do certain things again - I know, Jeff knows, and Cristol knows we serve a miracle working God!  Please pray for Cristol and Jeff as well as the medical professionals that are caring for Cristol.  We are believing for healing and God's touch on Cristol and Jeff as they walk through this together.31032718_1530646774499036_r.jpeg

Thank you all for your help. 
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Long time overdue...

It seems life has continued going on for all of us, myself included. Busy with the day to day mindless things and the freshness of Cristol's accident somehow has worn off? Is that even possible to say? Meanwhile, Jeff and Cristol are still paralyzed by the mere shock of the turn their lives have taken. I know, this is just what happens. Time passes, we think to ourselves - I cannot imagine...
I too have thought the same thing. I have put off updating all of you because quite honestly I don't know what to say.
Jeff and Cristol are currently staying with Cristol's sister, Tootie in Texas. The hospital in Dallas donated a bed, a wheelchair and a few other necessity items to get them going. Tootie has been gracious in opening her home not only to them, but also their beloved pups Mocha and Mia. Jeff stays quite busy caring for Cristol on a daily basis. Jeff has learned all of Cristol's basic caregiving and nursing needs so he may take excellent care of her. Her having her voice back has been a tremendous blessing not only to her, but also to those around her! Cristol is also able to be moved from the bed to the chair with assistance.
Just this week, they purchased a vehicle with capabilities of transporting Cristol in her chair. Up until now there has been public transportation available at minimal cost that would not only pick up Cristol, but also Jeff with a simple phone call. Their own vehicle will give them more freedom! Jeff says they won't do much because of expenses - I am working on convincing him to at least go to a park and feed ducks stale bread!!! :)
Cristol has not had any therapy since her release from the hospital. Medical insurance will activate 1/1/19 allowing them many more options in her care and therapy. As you all know, up until now and through January, Cristol's medical expenses are 100% self paid by Jeff and Cristol. They have been blessed in countless ways by all of you and many many others. There are still many bills to be paid and many more coming in. Each time I speak with them, their motto is one day at a time. This seems to apply to every area of their lives now.
As for living arrangements, they are exploring many ideas. Assisted living may be a great option so they can have privacy, yet medical back up if needed. It would also allow Jeff to leave Cristol on occasion and still have peace of mind that she is okay. This is all in the one day at a time phase, so it is still premature.
Cristol and Jeff both have good and bad days, as we can imagine. They are handling this the best they both can and like champions (in my opinion). Cristol enjoys the visits from friends and family - these have not slowed down! She also likes video chatting on the phone for those of you long distance...
Please be sure to keep Cristol fresh in your thoughts and prayers - keep sharing her story - it certainly is not over yet! God has amazing things yet to be done! Cristol has such an endearing way to warm everyone's life she comes in contact with, this is so evident by the number of people that have reached out during this time. Let that warmth be felt by others through you - you never know the impact you have on someone.

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A 5 part video blog - please watch each segment to see what is happening with Cristol directly shared by Cristol!
And a special thanks to Shelley for the editing and recording!❤️

https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/cristolmorgan/journal

May Cristol inspire each of us...
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Day 85:

Home at last

https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/cristolmorgan/journal/view/id/5b9c6f7e4e2c8c621a5107b3

Cristol is out of the hospital! She was released yesterday to Tootie’s house with Jeff. Please click on the above link for photos of the journey.

Jeff says all is well today!

More info to follow once they settle...

Please keep Cristol in your prayers! Continue to share her story.
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Miracle Day 79:

It’s been awhile since I last updated. Cristol has been in rehab in Parkland Hospital in Dallas for sometime now. The doctors have done an ASIA exam on her 3 separate times, each time showing the same results. Cristol’s injury is at a C6 level, as far as where the actual cord was severed, but her nerve damage is more in correlation with that of a C4 level injury. What this means - medically speaking- Cristol is not expected to gain any use of her right arm, either leg, fingers etc. She can lift her left arm at her deltoid muscle only. She cannot bend her wrist, control her fingers etc. The therapists have been teaching Cristol to use a special splint that holds a fork, stylus etc on her left arm so she may do some things on her own. Cristol is expected to be released from rehab this week! It seems so fast, but the doctors are doing everything necessary to prepare her for leaving. There are a lot of details to be worked out such as living arrangements and so on. A lot depends on financial assistance and availability. Cristol will need 24/7 care. Cristol’s breathing is improving and she is able to use her voice and speak entire sentences- even conversations! I was blessed to be a part of a video chat with her Thursday evening and what a wonderful sound that was!
As you can imagine, the future is uncertain in our eyes. Yet, our God knows the plan! He has every detail worked out before we know it is even a concern. Please pray for guidance for both Jeff and Cristol as they make some very big decisions this week. Pray also for peace over their entire situation!
Thank all of you for your continued love and support! Without it, this journey wouldn’t have been bareable.
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Raised by 125 people in 5 months
Created July 2, 2018
Love4CristolCares
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