On Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at about 5:30 PM, my 22-year old daughter Chloe was hit by a car and was critically injured. She was crossing the street in a crosswalk in North Hampton, MA where she was living at the time. She became entangled under the car, was dragged approximately 150 feet where she remained pinned for about 20 minutes before paramedics could rescue her. She suffered severe brain injury, multiple deep lacerations and severe 3rd degree burns on part of her body that was pressed up against the hot car engine.
Chloe underwent multiple complex surgery for her brain trauma and other wounds at Bay State Medical Center in Springfield, MA, and on December 12 was taken via medical helicopter to Mass General ICU Trauma center. After recuperating from two more rounds of surgery to treat her wounds and severe burns, Chloe was was moved to Spaulding North Shore Rehabilitation Hospital in Salem, MA.
My husband and I and our other daughter AJ have been devastated by this catastrophic accident which has altered our lives in very deep and fundamental ways. A previous version of the Rombach Family Recovery Fund on GoFundMe created by a friend has already successfully raised over $33,000 but frankly that amount will barely scratch the surface to provide for Chloe's long term care. To make matters worse, my husband Ed has been out of work for over three years which has left our family financially strapped and there are limits to what insurance will pay.
We make daily journal updates about Chloe's recovery on… http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/chloerombach
. Note that any ‘Tribute Donations’ made on that website DO NOT help Chloe, but go to maintain the Caringbridge.org website.
On Feb 2, 2015, George Graham, a reporter for the Springfield Republican newspaper, published a follow up story about Chloe, her accident and her recovery. You can access the story in the following link... http://bit.ly/1CRXwaK
Thank You for Your Help & God Bless You
Jeannie, Ed & AJ Rombach