My little sister, Julie has been struggling with travel from her new home in Utah to visit her step-children in Colorado. Monday night, (2/19/18) as they were driving home to southern Utah on icy roads, their car lost control and rolled several times.
In the car were Julie and her new husband, Bill and in the back were Addi (14) and Daylen (18) and their two pets. Julie and Bill managed to crawl out the broken windows, bleeding from their injuries.
Barefoot, in the snow they frantically tried to reach their children, pinned in the back. Addi was covered in blood and making gurgling sounds. Daylen was unconscious and having seizures. Finally, they flagged down a snow plow and called 911.
Addi's injuries are very serious. She's been life-flighted to Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City with Julie. Bill and Daylen and the dog and cat were treated and released and found a ride home.
Julie described Addi's condition: "Here are her worst injuries- severe skull fractures along the base of her skull reaching from behind one ear all the way to the outside of the opposite eye. 2 or 3 fractures on one eye socket. Cerebral spinal fluid leaking from her ear. Bleeding around her brain stem. Damage to her 6th and 7th nerves, resulting in the inability of her eye to look right. Shaking and inability to control that eye resulting in double vision. Half of her face is paralyzed, which is a new development that wasn't like that the first day. Half of her body is numb. Her carotid artery is constricted where it reaches up to the brain. There is risk of infection reaching her brain because of the fractures and the cerebral spinal fluid leaking out of her ear. Her nose is broken. She has stitches on her arm and leg."
I've never done a gofundme and I don't have a goal. I just know that my sister has nothing and I love her so much. They have little hope of car or health insurance providing any financial relief. I just want my sister and neice to feel loved and cared for.
I try to imagine being in her situation and what a relief it would be to have any outpouring of love.
Sometimes what people need is a George Bailey moment from "It's a Wonderful Life". You know? I'm setting this up so that the money goes straight to her.