In Belize, Carrie was only given a simple exam and taped up. Her friends insisted she needed medical care and a friend in Colorado offered a place to stay. Carrie was flown to Colorado and tests showed severely fractured bones in her skull. A plastic surgeon operated on Carrie, inserting four metal plates and 25 screws into her face.
Needless to say, Carrie has huge medical bills. One bill alone is over $51,000. She hasn’t been able to work since the attack and needs to remain in the U.S. until the recovery period of six to eight months is over. She lost her apartment there and is thinking of relocating. She also will need another MRI or CT scan to make sure that her face is healing properly, and she has yet to go to a dentist because she can’t fully open her mouth, but her teeth most likely will need to be repaired.
For those that know Carrie, you already know that she is not one to share her problems willingly. She asked our parents not to tell anyone, and they respected her wishes. She hates to ask for anything, but she is truly in need and can’t work. As an animal lover, she has been housesitting in exchange for board for friends with pets.
A version of GoFundMe was done for her by friends in Belize (As GFM doesn’t let you do one in Belize). Carrie is truly grateful for those that contributed to the first fundraiser and sincerely wants to thank you. However, not nearly enough money was raised to cover her enormous medical bills.
Please read the links to articles from Belize about the attack. Some of the “facts” are mistaken (Carrie is 40, not 30, for one), but the basic facts are true: This man broke into her home and severely beat her, requiring that she leave the country for medical care. He received a slap on the wrist and Carrie is left with metal in her face, scars on her face, damaged teeth and HUGE medical bills. Carrie’s attorney did say that she plans to keep fighting to make this right but has not returned any of Carrie’s messages. Here in the United States, a victim has recourse and the perpetrator would (hopefully) be made to pay for the damages. That isn’t the case in Belize and the victim is left with a huge financial burden.
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