Help Heal Britt

$39,305 of $50k goal

Raised by 475 people in 3 months
Heather Shimono Riggs
on behalf of Joanne Russell
 SEATTLE, WA
Help Heal Britt

At 4:45pm on 11/29/16, Britt Russell was struck by a car going 30mph while crossing the street to get to work in West Seattle. She was rushed to Harborview Hospital immediately, and although sustaining major injuries, she was stabilized later in the evening. She has suffered several deep head wounds, a temporal lobe hemorrhage, several contusions on her brain, a skull fracture, two cervical fractures, a bruised lung, a lacerated spleen and internal bleeding caused by a shattered pelvis.

Britt is strong. While being such a kind and loving person she also has a fighting spirit. She will eventually recover but we know she will be in the hospital or in rehab for most of the next year. We are looking to support Britt and her family’s medical expenses outside of insurance as well as travel for her family living outside of the country. Her entire immediate and extended family live in Australia and airfare is quite costly. We know how important having family close by is to the healing process.

Anyone who knows Britt also knows that she would never ask for help. However we want to help ease the burden on her and her family. I know how many wonderful people out there love and want to help Britt.
Any amount donated can make a huge difference in Britt’s life. If you are thinking of sending flowers, cards, or gifts please consider a donation instead and what that help will mean. Britt is currently not able to have anything in her room beyond pictures and is not accepting visitors quite yet. We will keep everyone updated as best we can.

I've added Joanne Russell (Britt's Mum) to be the beneficiary on Britt's behalf because she will be directing care and has the power of attorney for Britt currently. 

Please spread the word and share the link to this fund with whomever you can, and send positive thoughts and vibrations Britt's way. Your help is greatly appreciated!
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Update 5
Posted by Heather Shimono Riggs
2 months ago
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Hey guys! So we've had some issues recently with accepting new donations. This had to do with establishing Britt's Mum Joanne as the beneficiary on Britt's behalf (she has power of attorney right now). Gofundme just wanted to verify its legitimacy. We're back to up and running now though Britt is going to be leaving the hospital soon to stay somewhere that she can heal more before coming back to the hospital for inpatient rehab. She has to be weight bearing before that can happen. Please contact Jo or myself if you want info on how to visit. Fingers crossed for fast healing! Thank you all for your support and love as always ❤️❤️❤️
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Update 4
Posted by Heather Shimono Riggs
2 months ago
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Hi Team Britt! She got her feeding tube out this week! Yay!!! She is in great spirits and is taking regular visitors now. She does tend to get a bit tuckered out quickly so please keep your stay on the shorter side for a bit yet. She'll be in the hospital while still so there is plenty of time to stop by and let her know she's been in your thoughts or prayers. Sorry I haven't been as regular with sending the proper thanks for everyone's donations, shares or likes. You've all been so amazing and I can't thank you enough for being there for us all during this tough experience. I really feel like we've turned a corner and have lots of happy thoughts and hope for the future ❤️
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Update 3
Posted by Heather Shimono Riggs
2 months ago
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Hi everyone! Sorry it's been such a long time since I've updated, it's been a very long couple of weeks. Britt's hip surgeries were both successful! Her breathing tube is out, but her feeding tube is still in. She has been a lot more lucid and interacting recently which is great. The last MRI showed that her brain trauma was worse than we initially thought, but she's come a long ways since she's no longer being sedated so we have high hopes. She moved from icu to acute care last week and now has a room with a window which has been nice. She is requiring 24 hour supervision and only allowing very short pre approved visits. Thank you all so much for the support and the outpouring of love we've felt from the community. We're going to see Britt through this ❤️
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Update 2
Posted by Heather Shimono Riggs
3 months ago
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Hi Everyone!

Thank you all so very much for all of your contributions to help Britt heal. I have been so humbled with how much love and support have been sent our way.

Britt had her first surgery to repair her pelvis yesterday and is stable again. She's still in the ICU and will continue to be until after the next surgery. She still has a very long road ahead of her, but is definitely recovering. She was more lucid yesterday, but is still being sedated heavily while the breathing tube stays in. Please keep sending those loving and healing thoughts and prayers her way :)

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Joanna Ramon
3 months ago
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Healed and perfect, sweet girl! Healed and perfect ♡

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Xana La Fuente
3 months ago
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I am so happy that someone so generous and full of life is getting the support she is-I will share this on my website Xanaland, and with the other people at the scene of the accident who have been waiting to find out how they can help. Hang in there Britt-I have a fabulous hat waiting for you!

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Kerrie Archer
2 months ago

great news

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Kerrie Archer
2 months ago

Sending all the love and healing for Britt. I know she will be perfect ❤️❤️

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Chris Carter
3 months ago

Hope my great neice will soon be on the road to recovery, when you are allowed into see her please give her a big hug and kisses lol Aunty Chris. Ps thinking of Britt all the time

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$39,305 of $50k goal

Raised by 475 people in 3 months
Created December 1, 2016
Heather Shimono Riggs  
on behalf of Joanne Russell
$100
Kerrie Archer
18 days ago

So happy to hear you are improving every day keep up the great work Britt. You will be perfect

AW
$100
April Wright
25 days ago

Sending healing energy ❤

AF
$20
Andrea Fielitz
29 days ago
DP
$100
David Pichler
1 month ago
LB
$150
Liliane Bartha
1 month ago
CS
$100
Cynthia Schmier
1 month ago

Britt, may your journey into recovery be speedy and loving. My thoughts are with you.

ER
$50
Elizabeth Reese
1 month ago
RS
$50
Renee Stevens
1 month ago
MM
$25
Michael Miller
1 month ago

Speedy recovery!

DB
$10
David Burslem
1 month ago

#runforbritt

Joanna Ramon
3 months ago
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Healed and perfect, sweet girl! Healed and perfect ♡

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Xana La Fuente
3 months ago
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I am so happy that someone so generous and full of life is getting the support she is-I will share this on my website Xanaland, and with the other people at the scene of the accident who have been waiting to find out how they can help. Hang in there Britt-I have a fabulous hat waiting for you!

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Kerrie Archer
2 months ago

great news

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Kerrie Archer
2 months ago

Sending all the love and healing for Britt. I know she will be perfect ❤️❤️

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Chris Carter
3 months ago

Hope my great neice will soon be on the road to recovery, when you are allowed into see her please give her a big hug and kisses lol Aunty Chris. Ps thinking of Britt all the time

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