Help for 5 year old Maeve Elizabeth Field
On Saturday March 9, 2019 four year old Maeve Elizabeth Field, along with her big brother, big sister and parents went shopping at the hardware store in Hagersville, ON. After purchasing supplies for an herb garden for Maeve and Daddy's special project the family left the store.
In the following instant Maeve's life was forever changed.
While innocently walking down the sidewalk, Maeve was tragically stuck by and pinned underneath an out of control vehicle.
Miraculously, Maeve's father was able to extricate her from underneath the vehicle and together they were rushed to the Hagersville hospital by a complete stranger.
Due to the severity of the trauma, Maeve was rushed by OPP escort to McMaster Children's Hospital in Hamilton.
Maeve has suffered extensive life threatening, devastating injuries from head to toe. She is currently in critical yet stable condition in an induced coma and has endured over 20 hours of multiple surgeries, with more on the horizon.
While Maeve's prognosis remains uncertain, one thing is certain -her life is forever changed.
All funds that are raised will go directly to Maeve's parents to help offset the bills and expenses that will continue to accumulate while they spend the next days, weeks and months at Maeve's side.
"Words cannot express how incredibly difficult the last few days have been. Our journey started at West Haldimand General Hospital Emergency, where Daddy carried Maeve in through the front doors in his own arms. The doctors and nurses worked tirelessly to keep Maeve alive and get her transported to Mac Kids. We are so grateful for their incredible response to an unimaginable walk-in crisis.
While we are at our worst, the doctors, nurses and support staff here at McMaster Children's Hospital have been at their best, caring for Maeve as if she were one of their own children. Our hearts are full of love and gratitude because family, friends, and community members (many of whom we have never met) are praying for us and keeping Maeve in their thoughts. Right now, our focus is on Maeve, and we are staying positive. We feel your prayers and know you are sending love and healing to Maeve. We ask for continued privacy and prayers, and will provide updates on Maeve's condition in due course."
- Gloria & Ian Field (Maeve's parents).
Thank you to everyone for your patience and for respecting our privacy. We know you all care deeply about Maeve and all wish to know how she is doing. Today we have some excellent news! After 130 days as an inpatient, Mighty Maeve has been discharged from the hospital and it is SO GOOD to be home. We wanted to emphasize this accomplishment, so we departed the hospital through the doors we arrived at- the ambulance entrance. We are the proudest parents in the world.
We won’t be saying ‘goodbye’ to the hospital by any stretch; Maeve still has follow-up appointments (right now, still twice per week at least) with multiple specialities and there will be more surgeries as she continues to grow, both at the hospital and community medical professionals. Maeve will begin her amputee rehab in the fall with an incredibly dedicated and comprehensive team of therapists and physicians. For now, Maeve gets to enjoy her newly updated ‘big girl’ bedroom, snuggling with her doggies and falling asleep outside by the campfire; her favourite therapies.
What a journey this has been; more like a marathon, really- and you’ve all been there for us every step of the way. We are eternally grateful for the support, messages, prayers and fundraising that has taken place. Every single donation has and will continue to be employed to improve the quality of Maeve’s life and help secure her future. Thank you for giving Maeve these opportunities.
When we moved to Haldimand 5 years ago, it was with the purpose of providing Maeve with a safe childhood out in the country. While we couldn’t have predicted or prevented what happened to her, the response of the community has reinforced loud and clear that we made the right choice in settling down where we did. It takes a village to raise a child and we are so grateful to be able to bring her home where she belongs.
Thank you and we will continue to post updates via this page as Maeve moves through her recovery and rehabilitation. Enjoy your summer!
-Gloria Field, Mighty Maeve's Mama
Maeve leaving the hospital and the flowers I refreshed in the pot located at the accident site. The pot was originally placed on Maeve's 5th Birthday on April 1st by Ian.
We are ready to share an update on Maeve’s progress and we thank you for respecting our privacy during this extremely difficult time. We also know that Maeve has touched so many hearts and that everyone is eager to hear how things are going.
We celebrated Maeve’s 5th Birthday on April 1st, and we have God and everyone that has worked with her along the way to thank for that gift.
Maeve continues to astound and inspire. Working with Maeve’s world-class medical team, we are taking good steps on our journey towards recovery. With traumatic and critical situations like Maeve’s, the mantra is and must remain, “one day at a time”. We have celebrated many ‘wins’ along the way and also have endured the consequences of such a traumatic event.
Maeve’s body was badly hurt. Her left arm and right leg suffered irreparable damage from the accident, and so that the rest of her body can heal, both limbs needed to be shortened. The medical team collaborated intensely and worked tirelessly to exhaust resources before making those decisions, so we know that this was the right path towards healing and ultimately, saving Maeve’s life. Supportive people have reached out from the War Amps and we are grateful for that ray of hope for the future.
Maeve’s left eye was also hurt beyond repair, so she uses her strong, right eye to see. Maeve also endured multiple head and facial injuries for which surgeries are being carefully planned out by an amazing team of specialists. We are in the best of hands, focused on each step along our journey to healing.
In recent days, Maeve has been more alert and awake. She is an active participant in her physiotherapy; getting stronger every day. Everyone is so very proud of her effort and grit. The best part is that even though she cannot use her voice right now, she is an amazing communicator and is even playing jokes and making us laugh.
This update is a snapshot in time, and there is still a long road ahead. So, once again, we reiterate our ‘one day at a time’ mantra. We have shared the above details in order to clarify the correct information on her progress with our community of support.
The love and encouragement shown by our community- near and far- is both comforting and energizing! We wish to express our sincere gratitude for the wonderful cards, messages, meals and packages that have been sent our way. The ongoing fundraising efforts outside of Maeve’s GoFundMe Campaign happening across Canada are deeply humbling and so incredibly helpful. Ian and I know firsthand how hard you are all working on these events and wish to thank every ‘hand on deck’ who has helped with the dinners, day fundraisers, dance classes, virtual events and beyond. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for going out of your way to show love and support for our daughter and our Family.
A lot of people ask us if we need anything. Right now, we ask please for prayers and positive thoughts for continued strength and healing. We remain steadfast in our faith and trust that God is working with Maeve, her medical team and keeping our family strong so that we can continue to focus on our extraordinary daughter and take things ‘one day at a time’.
Thank you everyone for continuing to respect our privacy during this time.
Gloria and Ian Field, Proud Parents of our Warrior Queen, Maeve Elizabeth. a.k.a. "Mighty Maeve".
Please continue to hold Maeve in your thoughts and prayers as she works towards healing.
We are so thankful for the ongoing outpouring of love and support by the community and for the continued care and commitment of Maeve's medical team.
So! If you would like to help us celebrate, please consider showing a random act of kindness to someone today :)
Maeve has lots of birthday stuffties to snuggle with and we are looking forward to spending a quiet day as a family.
Happy Birthday to our wonderful Maeve Elizabeth!
Thank you, everyone!