Updates for Ashley

Hi Everyone,

On Thursday, Oct 31, 2019, a family and community's world was forever changed.  Ashley Ball, a loving wife of an Army Veteran and mother of a 10-year-old daughter, was involved in a life-threatening car accident on her way home from work to pick up her daughter from school.  Immediately upon the accident, Ashley was admitted to Huntsville Hospital under a Jane Doe status in critical condition.  Along with a broken clavicle, two broken ribs, two broken vertebrae, brain swelling/bleeding, unable to breathe unassisted for two weeks, a total left brain contusion, and loss of consciousness for some time, Ashley can no longer function like the mother and wife she was.   Below, her vehicle is pictured.  By chance, faith, or luck, she did not go down the mountain embankment.

Ashley spent nearly a month in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit and was not responsive for two weeks.  She had trouble breathing on her own and it was uncertain if Ashley would pull through.  Fortunately, after 3 weeks in ICU, she was able to respond to simple commands while being on a ventilator to facilitate her breathing.

Approximately 4 weeks after the incident, Ashley was transferred to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia.  She is still unable to do basic things on her own such as use the bathroom without a full-time catheter.  Her cognition is severely impaired as she only has a sense of self and no understanding of her environment or the events that took place.  Her prognosis is still undecided, however, it is clear it could be many months before recovery is expected.

Ashley leaves behind an accomplished culinary career and was attending school for an Occupational Therapy Assistant program.  It breaks my heart that she is now a recipient on the opposite end.  I am attempting to raise funds to cover the mounting medical bills, lost wages for possibly years to come, and whatever other costs will be hurled our way for the long outpatient therapy road ahead.  I am also hoping to raise enough funds so I, her husband, can take a month off work to care for her 24/7 once she comes home. 

I have included a link to her Facebook Group where updates are posted daily.  I have also included the original news article detailing the accident.  The article flips the details about the vehicle in the accident but it will allow you to see the severity we are dealing with.  We are just thankful Ashley is lucky enough to be alive!

Original News Article 

Updates For Ashley - Facebook Group 

Thank you for your consideration.  Ashley is really in need.  I know she would hate to take charity from others but we wouldn't ask unless it was absolutely necessary.  I am doing everything in my power to make sure she receives the best care possible as quickly as she can.  In traumatic brain injuries, the first few months are critical for the chance of a near-full recovery.

Thank you!


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