Em/Hex's Head-On Car Collision

$7,240 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 108 people in 1 month
On March 23rd, I was in a catastrophic car accident. I was driving when another driver, going more than 100 MPH, lost control of his vehicle, crossed the median, and slammed into my car head-on. The effective combined speed of our cars was over 170 MPH. The other driver died instantly; my car saved my life.

I was pinned for two hours before they were able to extract me. I was LifeFlighted back to Austin, where I underwent several surgeries. My jaw was snapped in three places. I have plates there, several plates throughout my arms and legs, and about a dozen pins in various joints. I also lost half my spleen, had a lacerated diaphragm, broke several ribs, and dislocated one rib. My right leg was pinned and partially crushed.

I spent a full month in ICU. I had a tracheotomy and was on tube-feeding. I spent another month in the regular part of the hospital. I've had to relearn how to eat, drink, and generally look after myself. I've only recently started learning how to get in and out of a wheelchair. While the wheelchair is (probably) a temporary measure, it is an aid I'll be using for the foreseeable future. 

The other driver was not licensed. He was uninsured. The car was uninsured. My car insurance will not cover the medical expenses I am facing. While the hospital took me as a charity case, not every doctor that treated me is part of that agreement. My insurance is limited, as well.

Donations will go towards:

- mobility and accessibility aids not covered by insurance
- copays and prescriptions
- wheelchair-accessible transportation
- living expenses, such as rent and food, since I'm unable to work at the moment
- helping pay medical bills
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More than 40% of the goal raised in the first 24 hours! I'm so incredibly moved by y'all's generosity and kindness. THANK YOU.

Yesterday, I finally asked to see photos of my car at the tow lot. When I looked at them, I started weeping. I cannot imagine how I survived such a brutal car wreck. I've attached a few of the pictures to this update so folks can see. My car folded around me and held me in a bubble. (Huge shoutout to the engineers at Subaru for making a seriously safe car!) I've attached some of the photos for y'all to see and appreciate.

It's absolutely sobering to look at these photos. They send a chill through my body.

Your shares, your caring, your compassion -- they all help so much. Thank you!
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$7,240 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 108 people in 1 month
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