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Ceilie Reynold’s is a vivacious, loving, sweet, caring, considerate young woman who was seriously injured in a horrific car accident on the evening of September 9th. She drove off of an exit ramp on Route 18 and collided with an overpass wall. She sustained severe cranial injuries, as well as broken limbs, jaw, nose and a collapsed lung. She was air lifted via helicopter to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. After their amazing team was able to stabilize her she was then again airlifted to Pennsylvania Presbyterian. While our entire family remains hopeful, she has a very long , costly road to recovery. It is too early to tell for sure but the out of pocket cost for the family looks like they will be exorbitant. Please find it in your hearts to help this amazing young woman get the care she needs.
Just to let you know where she is right now. As we imagine you all want to know. Ceilie has survived brain surgery and has several more surgeries coming up to rebuild her sinus cavity, her jaw, broken nose- basically they have to rebuild her face and put back on the top of her skull, which had to be removed to alleviate the pressure. Also they have to fix her left arm and right ankle and a collapsed lung. BUT she had a good day today, she squeezed my finger several times and could move her toes. We are optimistic she will be strong enough for the next surgery tomorrow. And hopefully she will regain her lost sight in her right eye & will open the other very soon when she regains consciousness.
For those of you that have never had the opportunity to meet Ceilie yet, know that she would make you feel the first time you met her that you were already friends. She is a lot like her Grandpa Frank- who we always said “Had never met a stranger.”
She gives of herself to so many different people, charities and causes, I can’t begin to count the number of lives that she has touched—all over the world. Places like Honduras, Africa, Ireland, Greece… and always, in every situation jumps in to help. Without even being asked. I know I am biased, but we feel we have raised a pretty great human.
We will keep you updated on her progress. We ask that you continue to keep Ceilie and our family in your prayers. We have a long road ahead.
Thank you again from the entire “extended” Reynolds-McCann Families and for those who know us, that includes just about everyone in Monmouth County.
Thank you again and God Bless every one of you.
Currently at day 9 in Philadelphia- We can’t believe it’s been 9 days since we left home that night.
Ceilie is still on a ventilator, she is still listed in critical condition. Another surgery today. This time Orthopedists repairing some more broken bones. This is a multipart surgery for the left arm, and plates and screws for the right ankle. The left arm will be so important to Ceilie as she has been known to launch a ball 300 yards off the tee. Already behind our sweet Ceilie: the crucial lifesaving brain surgery on day one. Day 6 was facial reconstruction surgery, to repair every bone in her face. It still remains to be seen if she will need to have surgery to reconstruct her orbits and if she will regain sight. But we are very hopeful that she will have sight in at least one eye that is yet to be determined.
Every once in a while we get a glimpse of our baby girl with a squeeze of our fingers, or a thumbs up. But then she retreats, goes back into hiding. She is just not ready yet to wake up yet. Stubborn little Irish girl that she is.
Philadelphia FOP escorted the police Chaplin Saturday night to give her the anointing of the sick- a beautiful ceremony. We are forever grateful for the comfort that provided to our family.
This journey will be longer and harder than anything anyone could imagine. But for our kid, we are ready for the fight & we know Ceilie is too. We are truly overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and support.
When Ceilie wakes up, and we know that she will, that will be the best day of our lives. Watch for the fireworks over Philadelphia... God Bless every single one of you for your donations, your kind messages and your prayers.