Elizabeth English's life was altered forever when on March 29th she was the victim of a hit and run accident while riding her bike home from a pre-med class at The University of Texas, where she's studying to become a psychiatrist. The driver hit Elizabeth from behind, dragging her under his vehicle for about 2,000 feet before driving off and leaving Elizabeth fighting for her life.
Fortunately, in the midst of this trauma, Elizabeth intuitively kept her head up to protect her brain. A witness and good samaritan took action to remove Elizabeth from further danger and call an ambulance. Elizabeth needs our help now - and ongoing, as her recovery will be long and difficult.
She suffered massive injuries to her leg, hip and back and is still in critial condition. There is no remaining skin on her back, leaving her muscles and spine exposed. She will continue to have daily debridement surgery on her back and legs in order to keep her wounds clean before skin grafting can begin. Due to Elizabeth's strength and instincts during the trauma of being dragged beneath a car, her spine and muscles are intact. Still, Elizabeth has months of surgeries, physical therapy and other procedures ahead of her in the healing process.
Despite this tragic event, Elizabeth remains positive and upbeat - concerned more for her family and friends than for herself. Elizabeth is the type of person whose smile and sense of humor is infectious. She's ambitious, strong and intelligent - someone with a very bright future. Help us bring her back to health so that she can continue living fully and vibrantly - postively affecting even more lives around her.
She is at University Hospital Brackenridge in Austin, Texas and is in great hands with the hospital's phenomenal trauma team.
The driver who hit Elizabeth was thankfully apprehended the following day by the Austin Police. Elizabeth needs all the support that her community can provide.
Medical and personal expenses are piling up quickly, and her journey to recovery has just begun. Please help in any way you can. No donation is too small.
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