In the late evening of December 14th, Chey and her boyfriend Alex were violently beaten by a large group of adolescents and/or young adults. They did not know any of their attackers and did not initiate violence.
Chey was attacked on the sidewalk. Her attackers focused mainly on her head and face. They used their feet repeatedly on her head and face. At the same time, Alex was dragged into the street by a large group of men and was kicked and beaten all over his body.
Chey and Alex were in the emergency room for a very long time. Fortunately, although Alex was severely hurt, bruised and traumatized by the assault, he was able to be discharged by Sunday afternoon. He required three staples in his head and had many tests because the doctors were worried about internal bleeding and injuries.
Unfortunately, Chey could not be discharged from the ER. The CT scan showed that her jaw was broken in 3 places. She had to be transferred that day to another hospital where she could have major jaw surgery done that day.
During the 3 hours of surgery, in order to put her jaw back together in the three broken places, she had special braces put on her teeth, stitches throughout her mouth and a metal plate and bolts inserted (that will be there forever). Finally, her jaw was wired shut in four places and will remain closed for six weeks.
HERE IS WHAT SHE IS GOING THROUGH RIGHT NOW.
Chey is in tremendous pain and has to try to sleep upright. She has fear because she has to carry wire cutters on her in case she vomits or chokes so that the wires can be cut, which means being alone is scary for her. She can only “eat” protein shakes and broth for six weeks, which makes her nauseated and hungry all of the time. She can't drive her car, so she is dependent on others for a lot of help and stuck in the house most of the time. After six weeks, she will have to eat soft foods for a long time because her jaw won't open wide or be back to normal. Her eyes bother her so she can't distract herself with her art. She cannot work or exercise, so she can't distract herself with those things either. Also, to make things even worse, most of her long hair had to be cut off because it was matted and tangled in the assault and hospital/surgery rooms, which hasn't helped her self esteem.
Also, though a police case was filed and this is considered a felony, she was informed there simply is no evidence. No videos, witnesses, nothing. So she is likely going to have no justice and will need to find closure in her own way. This means all expenses will be her burdens because no one is liable.
Finally, because she can't work, she has the stress of normal bills plus medical bills. Just this week, her hospitalization bill to date was estimated around $200,000. She has medical insurance but also a deductible around $8,000. Her phone was also stolen, her car has blood stains throughout that will need deep cleaning. When her braces are removed after 8 weeks, she will need to get real braces put on her teeth and has no dental insurance.
Her family is helping her all they can, but Chey doesn't want to feel dependent like this. LET'S ALL HELP CHEY BECOME INDEPENDENT AGAIN so she can focus on healing and not worry about financial matters. PASS THIS ON AND POST IT TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW!!!!!!!!
P.S. If VENMO DONATIONS are preferred, her account is @cheyger_
- Mindy Osbjornsen
- James Dunn
- Katie Trail
Organizer and beneficiary