On Monday June 18th, our family got a call that no one wants to get. Payton Singh, who is my 12 year second cousin, attempted to take her own life. Because her brother jumped into action, called 911 and followed every direction the operator was telling him to do, we are grateful to say it was just an attempt. The first 48 hours held a lot of unknowns. Wednesday June 20th, Payton’s 13th Birthday, is when all the important tests began. We are witnessing nothing short of a miracle. By the grace of God and the power of prayer... her scans came back to show ALL main parts of her brain are functioning normal!!! They also began to test her reflexes... again all good signs. And her progress since has been tremendous. She is off the ventilator, oxygen etc, with the exception of her feeding tube. She has been in the PICU since Monday night and tonight they will be moving out to next level of recovery. She is also now on suicide watch so she has a nurse with her 24/7. She started physical therapy today and will continue for a while. Once she has completed some milestones in PT, she will begin some pretty intense neurological therapy. She has a very, very long road to recovery but I was able to witness today how much of a fighter Payton is. She stood up, with assistance, for the first time in almost a week!!! It was awesome to see!! Brandy and Nick don’t know how long they will be away from work, but we don’t want them to have to worry about anything but Payton right now. Our entire family has been through a roller coaster of events over the last few weeks, but we can celebrate one thing: Payton is alive and Brandy and Nick eventually will get to bring her home.
One thing Brandy does want to come out of this is awareness. It can happen to anyone. So please, on behalf of all families involved, if you or anyone you know is considering suicide or struggling with anxiety and depression, reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255
Please consider donating to help Payton and The Lumberts financiallya during this time. They will appreciate anything you feel called to give. And please feel free to share this so we can raise awareness on an epidemic that is far too glamorized by society and the media.