As some of you may know Jessica N Carroll, a friend and co worker of mine was involved in an accident on New Year's Eve night. A firework hit her in her right eye causing severe damage including loss of sight on top of agonizing pain that seems to get better as time permits. Since then she has been going to Gainesville, Florida to see a team of doctors weekly, sometimes twice a week. She will have to have surgery and possibly multiple surgeries over time. Her first surgery is set for February 19th which will cost $8,323.40. This cost will not include her travel fees, or other medical fees in addition to the surgery itself. Jessica has not been able to work except for a few mornings since the accident. Being a mother of two beautiful girls out of work and having to pay for ALL doctors visits and surgeries out of pocket and up front is a stress we are trying to ease so we wanted to create her a go fund me account. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE! There are a few more pictures and details we will upload soon; and We will update the status of any treatment and surgeries as well. Thank you all for your comtinued prayers, love, support, and donations.
Listed below will be updates starting with the first day up to present being the last post.
1/1/18 morning status....Jessica was hit in the right eye by a bottle rocket last night. She was sitting on the other side of a huge bonfire and some of the guys were shooting fireworks on the other side of the fire but a good ways away from where she was sitting. It threw her back out of the chair she was sitting in. They rushed her to the hospital in Nashville, ga where they wanted to fly her to Gainesville but could not get a helicopter in so they took her by ambulance. They cleaned the eye multiple times on several occasions and planned on taking her down to surgery but after accessing it they decided to wait because there was so much going on with the eye. They sent her home this morning with medicines and she goes back to Gainesville in the morning for them to look at it again and decide the next step(surgery or not?). They said it looked like her eye was open when it hit her resulting in a through and through laceration on her right eyelid and caused severe damage to the eye itself. Burned off most of her eye lashes. She has cloudy peripheral vision but no vision directly in front of her. The Dr. said there was a chance that she would not get sight back in that eye but didn’t give any numbers.She can’t do much standing or walking because of the pressure to her eye when doing so. She’s also on some pain medication to keep her comfortable.
1/1/18 afternoon status ...Jessica is badly hurt, has a terrible black eye, and the discharge paper indicates corneal abrasions, corneal lacerations, and hemorrhage inside her eye, all very serious, and likely to take a long, painful time to heal, but still could heal 100%, eventually.
1/2/18 after doctor appt status...
They couldn't really tell much today. Jessica is still super swollen and there's still a lot of blood Doctor said once the blood stops and clears up Jessica should be able to get her vision back but it will take up to 6 months. Jessica goes back next Wednesday for them to do an ultrasound on her eye and they will know more then.
1/10/18 Update from Dr. appt status.... Jessica has developed a cataract in the eye. There is still lots of blood so the doctor couldn’t see much more than that from the ultrasound today. She will go back weekly so he can check the eye and when the blood has cleared enough to get a better view of the eye and anything else that may be going on they will schedule her to have surgery to have the cataract removed. He said he would like to be able to do the surgery within 1-3 months in which the blood should have cleared by the 3 month mark.
1/19/18 Morning doctor appt status...
Jessica has had some pain behind her eye which is being caused by elevated pressure in her right eye. Hoping a new eye drop will help with this problem. Dr. said normal pressure is around 20 and hers is around 40. Pressure that elevated can cause nausea and vomiting so that may be where some of her sick feeling is coming from. Giving her a pill now to see if they can get the pressure down now. She has to stay here until her pressure drops some. If the pill does not work they will have to relieve the pressure by sticking a needle into her eye.
1/19/18 afternoon status...
Pressure is down to 32. Doctor wants to see her back Monday.
The last several afternoons since the 1/19/18 there has been no change in the eye, they will continue to check and monitor the pressure and for any additional changes prior to her surgery on 2/19/18 . This fund will help her pay for the surgery that she will have. She already knows she will have a minimum of two surgeries. Any little donation helps thank you in advance! God bless you! Thank you.