For many years Kirsten has selflessly taken on the role of mom for her two nieces while her sister Ashley struggled with addiction. Over the last year Ashley has rededicated her life to her girls; becoming clean, sober, and unimaginably determined to do right by them and to make her family proud. It was a remarkable transformation. One that so many in her life are proud of her for. Sadly most of us will not get to tell her in person because on Thursday, just west of Kansas City, Ashley was riding with her Roomate along with her children in the backseat when another car crossed the median and struck them head on. Tragecially both Ashley and her Roomate were killed, and as of this moment her girls are fighting for their lives in the Intensive Care Unit. One of the girls has had her spine severed, had to have her aorta reconstructed and has a broken humerus. Kirsten's other niece suffered a large laceration, broken rib, hematoma near the colon and had to have a part of her small intestine removed.
Kirsten has been taking care of these girls for a long time and naturally sees them as daughters rather than nieces. Now, sitting by their side in an ICU praying for their recovery, she shouldn't have to focus her mind on anything else. She recently bought a house, a safe place for her girls, one that will undoubtably have to be retrofitted to handle wheelchairs and add accessible bathrooms and bedrooms. These poor litttle girls are facing the reality of their mother being gone and months of excruciating physical therapy. The last thing I want my friend, a great woman, to have to worry about is money.
- Jessica Elder
- Oxford House Normandy Morgan
- Lila Osburn
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