June 4th was the day Carley had been looking forward to for months. It was the first day of her trip to Belize. Instead of a relaxing day of vacation, June 4th ended up being the day Carley nearly died.
Carley, an elite swimmer, dove into the ocean, just like she had a thousand times before. This time was different. Her head struck a sandbar and she broke her neck. She floated to the surface and couldn’t move. While her friends quickly swam to retrieve her, all she could think about was her 4 year old son, Jonny.
She was in a third world country where even basic medical care is hard to come by. She was placed on a beach chair with a towel around her neck for support and taken by open air cab to San Pedro.The care offered in San Pedro would not be sufficient, so while still on a beach chair with her neck supported by a towel, she was flown from San Pedro to Belize City. Once in Belize it was determined that surgery there would not be an option. Twenty hours after her accident she was finally back in the United States receiving medical treatment.
The next day she underwent surgery. An opening was made in the front of her neck to access her spine where a metal plate was inserted to fuse her C4 through C6 vertebrae. Word came; she made it through surgery and was alive. Alive, but with paralysis in her legs and very limited movement with her arms. Carley needed to be home, in Denver, close to her son, family and friends. Her parents arranged for a medical transport from Miami to Denver where she could get the best care possible. The $20,000 flight however was not covered by insurance.
She is working daily with occupational and physical therapists while at Craig Rehabilitation hospital. Her doctors say she needs a minimum of 90 days of rehabilitation but her insurance only pays for 60 days. The 30 days insurance won’t cover will cost $90,000 and after her stay at Craig, the bills don’t stop. This will be a lifelong challenge. She needs your help, your strength, your positivity and your faith. These will help Carley keep up the good fight, but more importantly, she needs financial support.
Carley is a fighter, and she is determined to walk again, but the prognosis remains uncertain. Carley’s mind and spirit are as strong as they come and she will face the challenges head on as she has with everything else in her life. Her determination and positive attitude will help but she needs your support.
Carley is a single mom of an adorable four year old boy named Jonny. She also is at the front end of an amazing career in medical devise sales and is coincidently the product manager for their spine division. She needs the crucial therapy she is receiving at Craig Hospital so she can get back to her son and her career as they were before her accident.
Money is needed for:
* The $20,000 medical evacuation flight insurance wouldn’t cover
* The $90,000 of care needed at Craig Rehabilitation Hospital (one of the best spinal and brain injury rehabilitation facilities in the world),
* Wheelchair ramps and other modifications to her home
* Required, extended outpatient care.
* A vehicle modified to support wheelchair access
The list goes on and on.
Every dollar helps her continue her quest to walk again. Every dollar signifies a better future for Carley, a future where she will soar.
Carley thanks each and every one of you from the bottom of her heart.
Direct donations can be made to:
P.O Box 631562
- Kelly Himmelberger
- Patrick Perkins
- Alaina Kirkpatrick
- J F
- Gary Read
Organizer and beneficiary
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