After leaving her destination to return to her office, Jili was rear-end by a tow truck that did not stop or brake for the red traffic light for which she had yielded. The impact caused multiple burst fractures in her cervical vertebrae and permanent damage to her spinal cord resulting in paralysis and leaving her quadriplegic from the chest down with very limited hand function, persistent uninterrupted pain and chronic full-body spasms. Pictures of the accident are posted to her IG story at the following link.
While she only owned this car for 6 months, it saved her life as she certainly would have been killed if she was driving an older vehicle.
Following the accident Jilianne spent three weeks in the ICU at U of L undergoing multiple surgeries to remove the shattered bone that penetrated her spinal cord and stabilizer her neck. Difficulty stabilizing her blood pressure contributed to her abnormally long stay in the ICU. Once stabilized she spent six weeks at Frazier Rehab inpatient facility learning how to make the most of her body and adjusting to her new way of life.
The photo above is of the first time she tried to sit up after the accident.
In addition to the mental and physical trauma caused by her accident Jilianne has suffered through two (one botched) bladder and bowel augmentation surgeries with complications, a broken femur from falling out of her wheelchair while under the supervision of insurance provided help, and blistering allergic reactions to pain medicines.
Three year later Jilianne has not received compensation for her injury as her court battles are ongoing and are expected to take at least two more years from the writing of this post. Although she receives a portion of her former earnings as 'lost-wages', money is tight and she often struggles to pay her bills.
Additionally, if Jilianne is to make further progress with her spinal cord injury and further regain any ability, stem cell treatment is needed to repair the damage in her spinal cord and possibly to repair the nerve damage leading to the loss of her left-hand function. This form of treatment is not covered by her insurance at this time and would have to be paid for in cash, in advance at approximately $30,000 per treatment, and requires multiple treatments to be effective.
Jilianne is a loving and kind person with a passion for cats, culture, nature and music. She has made excellent use of her limited hand dexterity by relearning how to do her make-up and now spends her evenings painting a drawing.
It has been a long road to recovery with many miles left to go, but uncertainty and unpleasant times will not stop us from searching for positive outcomes and a happy future together.
Thank you for reading her post and your interest in assisting Jilianne.
Follow Jilianne online at:
- Agnes Lively
- Carol Lively
- Jared Lively
- Gayl Sinclair
- Beth Lively
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