Alethea's Amputation

My name is Marilynn Huff, speaking on behalf of my daughter Alethea Watson, along with her husband Chuck and daughter Samantha. I am starting this GoFundMe

Let me give you a snapshot of my daughter Alethea. She is a natural caregiver, has a huge heart and believes disabilities of any kind are not something to stop you from living a happy, full life.

The Back Story
During a family out at Red Feather Lakes recreation area, my daughter Alethea accidentally rolled her side-by-side 4x4 crushing her left arm, pinning her beneath the vehicle.
42171444_1569014395224610_r.jpegFortunately, there were people in the area, who rapidly and willingly rendered emergency assistance, a tourniquet was applied to keep her from bleeding out, blankets were supplied to keep her warm and transport was provided to a location where the flight-for-life helicopter could lift her to the hospital.

Alethea told me she never lost consciousness, throughout this whole ordeal. I can’t imagine the extreme pain and terror my daughter must have endured through this plight.

The entirety of our families declares a huge “Thank You!” to those who assisted Alethea in her time of greatest need.

The Surgeries
Alethea arrived at Medical Center of the Rockies and was taken immediately into her first surgery; it was at least ten hours long. Her arm needed a thorough clean up, repair, clamps, rods, plates, screws, and I have no idea what all. She also required blood transfusions and a vein was taken from her leg and grafted into the arm in the hopes of restoring blood flow to the hand.

Over the following week, through two more surgeries and more uncertainty, Still, Alethea faced the likelihood of amputation.

The next Tuesday the fourth surgery, amputation, was completed removing the hand and arm just short of the elbow and executing some unexpected repair to the elbow.

The doctors discovered an infection in the arm that they’re watching closely and giving her intravenous antibiotics to fight the corruption.

The Expected Expenses
My husband, Mike, is still recovering from a broken ankle and a serious back injury, so we have our own medical bills to pay.  We are waiting to fly to Colorado until Mike is off crutches and Alethea is home and settled, though we would very much like to be with her and the family right now.

The Watson family is currently struggling financially from previous medical bills and these new requests for payment will start arriving soon. Along with the hospital and surgical expenses, Alethea will need home health care, physical therapy and she will undeniably need a prosthesis.

Alethea and her family will be adjusting to such radical changes in their lives, they may all need counseling, I have no way of knowing all of their current or future needs.

Why does Alethea Watson need GoFundMe?

#1) the Watson family already faces medical bills,

#2) the addition of hospital, doctor, surgeon, anesthesiologist, etcetera charges that challenge the family now and upcoming charges they face,  

#3) the unknown factor regarding when Alethea can return to work.

As a mother, my greatest fear is the possibility of the family encountering medical bankruptcy. I don’t want my daughter to deal with such dire straits, especially, at a time when her focus needs to stand steadfast on her own recovery from such a life-changing event.
 
What can you do to help?
Contribute generously to help this hard-working family take care of their mounting bills.

If you could support my GoFundMe by making a donation and then sharing it with your network, I would greatly appreciate it.

I know that money can be tight, so please know that even $5 or $10 helps me get closer to my goal! Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll be happy to answer them.

Donations (0)

  • Katie Hunter 
    • $50 
    • 17 hrs
  • Michael King 
    • $100 
    • 7 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 8 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $10 
    • 9 d
  • Sarah Popp 
    • $25 
    • 10 d

Organizer and beneficiary 

Marilynn Huff 
Organizer
Evans, CO
Charles Watson 
Beneficiary
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