Help Chung Lee Get Back on Her Feet

Chung Lee, a happy, outgoing and amazing person had her foot run over by a bus in New York City. While the bus is at fault, it may take years for them to be found guilty, if at all. 

Her medical bill is super high. She's been through over 4 surgeries, and she has no medical insurance.

I was thinking if we could raise a small amount of money for her, it'd brighten her day, her life like she always does for us on a daily basis. She can't work thus can no longer afford to live in her apartment, her family may need to take out loans to pay medical bills. As Chung's friend, anything you can offer would be appreciated and will go directly to her and her family for expenses. I know we probably can't raise all the money but any amount, or a share or a get well card would go far, mean a lot and yield you good karma later in life.

She + we all would do the same for you!

 

Status updates

August 9th, Chung's message to you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOK_fQ1EOxk 

August 8th, "I have no words. And all I can say is thank you ~ Everyone's generosity and heart overwhelms me, and if love was all I needed to heal me, then I'd be back on my feet this second."  Today is her birthday. $6000 was raised in one day :)

August 7th, "There's too much wrong with my foot. It's not one broken bone. It's all 5 toes and the heel. They have to take out the 50 staples holding my skin together too. It was 100% the bus's fault. We hired lawyers but this case will take years. We may need to take out loans."

July 18 "it gets more and more difficult to stay encouraged at the hospital with each passing day. Last night I was crying to myself when my nurse came in and held me, telling me everything was going to be ok. But that road's so far to see. I just want one day without pain, one day where I get to keep all of my toes, one day where I can go to the bathroom without help, one day where I can walk. I feel useless and less of a person. I keep my eyes closed when I wake up, hoping that this is all a giant nightmare. I know these thoughts don't come from God, but they're there. This is hard. Please pray for me, guys ):"

July 13 "Headed soon into surgery #3 - plastic surgery to use fake skin and real skin (grafting) for my foot. Please pray that it all goes well - that they don't have to shave off too much skin from my thigh/butt, haha.. I still need my booty Many, many thanks to each of you who've visited by taking time out of your day or waking up even earlier to stay by my side ♡ My darling Mina has decorated my room with lights and a beautiful nightlight. She and Hyejin 언니 got creative and washed my hair for me Hyejin 언니 brings and feeds me homemade food daily. Caleb would stay here "working from home" while being the best company a friend can be. Matt would faithfully stay and be the last person to leave, with always a prayer at the end. So at the end of the day, I'm not only grateful for everything and everyone, but I'm also happy. I'm happy because I have everything and everyone I need, and I don't need anything more. And how everyone loves me here is only a fraction of how much God loves me (: How comforting it is to dwell on God's goodness and love! Please pray for this surgery and the rest of my foot's healing! I love you guys ~ So much. Thank you for everything ♡

P.S. Mina got me a friend. We named him Zebra b/c one of our favorite nurses was so out of it that she thought it was a zebra :D It was the most fitting name for a confused giraffe!"

 

July 11 "Going into surgery #2 soon to fix my broken heel bone, wash out my foot to prevent infections and maybe repin my toes. Please pray that it all goes well and that my toes look better! I don't want to lose any ): And that my skin looks better too so that they don't have to take too much off another part of me. Waking up from surgery will be hard b/c no amount of meds will suppress the incredible pain, so pray that my threshold for pain will be even higher! So thankful that I'm in the best hospital with the best and sweetest doctors and nurses. So thankful you guys love me so much that I almost feel at home here with everything you've brought me. So thankful for a boyfriend who can't stand the sight of blood but will hold my hand as they take out staples that held my skin together. And he brushes and ties my hair for me So thankful for an 언니 who does the same, feeds me such yummy Korean food and makes sure I still look like a girl :D So thankful for all of you! I'll be here for a bit sadly... I'm at New York Presbyterian (Cornell Medical Center) under Andrea Lee. Please let Matt or me know so that I'm here and not having surgery or tests done. The love and prayers you guys send me are overwhelming. Thank you (:"

July 10

"Thank you so much for your prayers, everyone ~~ And thank you also for visiting me and distracting me from the endless pain. I'm really sorry to those of you who've held my hand as the pain would cross into unbearable territory. I'm really sorry, Elise ): Long story short, a bus ran over my left foot, leaving it mangled and skinless. It broke all 5 toes and then some. The first surgery was 6 hours long and more are expected. Please pray for rapid healing and that my body would accept the skin that's left on my foot, though grafting is likely. Pray for the bus driver, who of course did not mean for this to happen. And pray for my family, who feels helpless b/c they're all in CA. Pray for Matt, who's been taking care of me all day and night at the hospital - feeding me, comforting me, praying for me, being silly to make me laugh. And Hyejin 언니, who has also been doing the same but in a more Korean manner with homemade porridge and face masks ♡ :D I've been saying that when I cry, it's not b/c of the pain but b/c of everyone's kindness and love. Thank you ~ I'm so grateful for all the nurses, doctors, all of you guys and the pain meds, hehe ^^~"

 







~~Words to Live By From Chung~~


"Whether you're having a good or bad day, can you guys do me a favor? As you walk out or drive or bike or dance or do anything that involves using your feet, consciously enjoy the beauty of your feet. 28 bones, 30 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments make up one of your beautiful feet. I've been on bed rest for more than 3 weeks now. It's been the worst 3 weeks of my life with entire nights of pain that's so intense that I think I'm going insane and I'd rather die. I don't know what normalcy is anymore. And I'm tired of screaming to God. Please continue to pray for me ~ And as you go about the rest of your weekend today, enjoy that next step a little more. It's something small for you that would be a miracle for someone like me ~"

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Drew Todrys 
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New York, NY
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