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Kelly Cass - Recovery Fund

$70,031 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 598 people in 18 days
Created December 29, 2018
Kelly’s Fundraising Team
on behalf of Cristie Cass
UPDATE:
Reno native could lose her legs after being hit by suspected drunk driver in Sacramento 

We received our first bit of bad news yesterday from the doctors.  They had to remove about 1/2 of the muscle in her right lower leg, because it had died after being without blood for so long and was increasing her risk of infection.  Muscle does not regenerate.  There was also a shredded nerve in her left leg that they had to remove and she will be left with "drop foot" which means the left foot will be kind of limp.  The doctors have also informed us that Kelly will likely not walk again without braces. Despite all of this, the doctors are still incredibly amazed that they have been able to repair her injuries so successfully, which we are very grateful for.  They are very happy with the overall stability of her bones.

She went in for another surgery yesterday to clean out her wounds and remove any additional dead muscle.  We are waiting on the next update.  A plastic surgeon was present at that surgery to start working up a plan for skin grafting to allow the wounds to be closed.

Thank you for your continued prayers, love, donations, and shares of Kelly's story. Even through receiving the news today, we are so grateful that our Kelly is alive and with no brain damage. Please continue praying for our girl. We appreciate you all very much!

ORIGINAL STORY:
Skateboarder Goes Through Windshield in Crash, Driver Leaves with Her Still in 

Kelly is the strongest woman we know. God has put her to the test a few times and each time she comes out stronger than the last. She will fight through this and come back stronger again but some additional help through the financial burden would be greatly appreciated as she has months of recovery ahead of her and will be unable to work.

Kelly was skateboarding back to her work on Thursday December 27th to pick up her car when she was hit by a very drunk driver sending her through the windshield of his vehicle where he proceeded to continue driving for an additional 3 miles. Kelly, pleading with the driver to stop and call the police and experiencing excruciating pain she didn’t even realize, pulled out her phone to call the police for help. A biker witnessed the accident and reported it as well. Kelly was able to lead the police as best she could to her location after the driver finally stopped his car and walked away - he was later picked up by police and booked.

Kelly is in the ICU in Sacramento receiving exceptional care by the team here at Mercy San Juan Medical Center - Dignity Health. She has a long road of surgeries, recovery, and rehab ahead of her as both of her legs are severely damaged & broken, has a broken arm, and a neck fracture.

Through all of this, she’s still Kelly - sweet, feisty, and strong as heck. We are, as is she, so thankful that she is alive and on the road to recovery after this horrific accident. Your donations to help through the months she will be recovering, love, and prayers are appreciated more than each of you will ever know. Thank you!

Cristie Cass, Kelly's mother, will be in charge of the funds donated to our campaign for Kelly.

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Update 10
Posted by Kayla Dowty
13 hours ago
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Hi All,

Just a quick update on Kelly's surgery yesterday. That was her 7th surgery in 19 days...what a trooper! The doctors expected to be in surgery for 4-5 hours and it took about 2.5. They said the muscle looked very good, there were no signs of infection and the skin graft went very well. They expect this to be her last surgery for the foreseeable future. They are also hopeful to have her transferred out of Mercy San Juan Hospital in the next 7-9 days, but no word yet on which facility she will be transferred to. The best news of the whole day is that the orthopedic surgeon is hopeful that Kelly will be able to be weight bearing in 3 months. This is a miracle given the extreme damage she endured. He is unsure what her function will be, but thinks that structurally she will be able to begin her recovery to regain the ability to walk. We are so grateful.

Kelly is starting to get a little stir crazy after being in a hospital bed for 3 weeks as of tomorrow. Please pray for her mental state and ask that she is able to keep her positive spirit.

Also, our sweet friend/aunt, Diane Sumner, had the wonderful idea of having loved ones submit stories or memories of Kelly that we can share here in between her recovery updates. There are a lot of incredible supporters that don't know Kelly, so it will be fun to paint a better picture of the incredible human that she is. If you would like to contribute, please send us a message! We will post Diane's story in the next few days.

All our love,
Kayla and the Cass Family
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Update 9
Posted by Kayla Dowty
3 days ago
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Hi Everyone! I apologize in advance for the lengthy update.

All of your thoughts, prayers and healing energy being sent Kelly's way are working. At this point, there is no sign of new infection or additional dead tissue. This is a huge hurdle in the right direction. Surgery to close her last open wound will be on Tuesday.

She has been moved out of ICU and is now on the regular Trauma Med-Surg floor. Her room is covered in cards, flowers, books, gifts and love. At this time, Kelly's care team expects her to be in the hospital through the rest of January and then she will be transferred to in-patient physical therapy through June or July so her road is still VERY lengthy. We have had a lot of people ask whether we will be moving her closer to home as she continues her journey to recovery. Of course from a convenience standpoint, it would make it much easier for our family (right now, somebody is in Sacramento every day) but her doctors, and the orthopedic surgeons in particular, are not ready to transfer her out of their care at this time so we will likely be staying in the Sacramento area for the next 6-8 months.

Kelly has started light physical therapy in the hospital and is so grateful and excited to start moving. They are working on getting her to rotate her body perpendicular to the bed using her only working limb (her left arm). And she does it...she is incredible! Of course, her legs have to be heavily supported during this time but this little amount of movement is a huge accomplishment.

I spent the day with her yesterday (along with my mom and best friend, Brooke) and it was a wonderfully busy day, so I wanted to share it with all of you. In the morning, the doctors round and complete vitals, etc. She had to have some internal drains removed that had been placed during the last surgery and that was quite painful. She had PT at 12:30 and then she had a special visit from Sgt Tara-Lyn Baker who just became the first woman marine to complete the Winter Mountain Leaders Course in Bridgeport, CA. She shared some encouraging thoughts with Kelly and how she overcame adversity. You can read her story below. When my oldest son saw the picture of the two of them, he said "Those are two pretty badass people right there". We couldn't agree more!
https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/your-marine-corps/2019/01/08/first-female-marine-graduates-from-winter-mountain-leaders-course/

During Sgt Baker's visit, the wound care team came to change Kelly's open wound dressing. They said it is likely the last time we will see them, which doesn't make Kelly sad because it really freaking hurts. She is so tough!

Later, Kelly had another special visit from a violinist based in Davis, CA. He played a 1 hr concert just for her. It was incredible and she felt like a princess.

The most inspiring thing about Kelly's story is her positive attitude. Truly, there have been very few moments since the accident when she has allowed herself to get down. She is a ray of sunshine to everyone that walks into her hospital room when it should be the other way around. I am so unbelievably proud of her.

Sgt Baker asked to say a prayer before she left and she focused on the importance of a good support team. One thing she said that really stuck with me was, "Thank you God for blessing Kelly with a strong support team. Everything she needs is already right next to her". And I thought of all of the people in Kelly's corner.

We really believe that her recovery will be successful because of all of you, her support team. Your love is what keeps her (and all of us) going. We are immensely grateful for each and everyone of you, her incredible team of nurses, PTs, doctors and the wonderful communities that are pulling for Kelly and our family. It is overwhelmingly reassuring and humbling. Please continue to keep her in your prayers.

All Our Love,
Kayla and the Cass Family
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Update 8
Posted by Val MacFarlane
6 days ago
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Today’s update is provided by Kelly’s cousins, Leslie Shults and Zosza Usabiaga, who visited her after today’s surgery.

“We just got to spend the day with our amazing cousin. Today was her 6th surgery in 14 days. After hours in surgery, Dr. Gregory came out to report that he was pleased with the outcome. The focus of the surgery was to clean out any remaining dead tissue, check for signs of infection, and close the incisions. One wound, on her right leg, could not be closed due to its size and will require skin grafting, which is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday. The orthopedic surgeon thinks 80/20 he will not need to go back in; it's a wait-and-see situation to make sure there are no signs of infection.

Kelly remains in positive spirits and shared with us, with tears in her eyes, how much it means to have so much support. It is truly a source of strength and healing.

Kelly is such a beaming light. Visiting with her today left us overwhelmed and inspired by her positivity and fun-spiritedness. We had an awesome visit and shared lots of laughs with Kelly, and with Cristie and Ken. We were in awe of the fact that, despite the pain and discomfort she's in, Kelly still was cracking jokes, smiling and dancing with her arms.”

We cannot thank you all enough for continuing to keep our Kel in your thoughts and prayers. Please keep your prayers coming. They are so appreciated and felt.
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Update 7
Posted by Val MacFarlane
8 days ago
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You all are just incredible! Absolutely incredible. Thank you so all so much for helping us surpass our goal of funds for Kelly and continuing to share her story. We are just in awe of the love, prayers, and generosity received.

We wanted to share this photo from Kelly’s dad, Ken, of our beautiful girl (look at that smile!) and some of the officers from the Citrus Heights Police Department :

“Amazing visit from the Citrus Heights Police Department. Scott on the left and Kim were the dispatchers talking to Kelly on the phone and directing the officers to Kelly. Greg on the right was the first responding officer on scene and stayed with Kelly the whole time. You can’t believe how incredibly kind they were tonight. Thank God for the CHPD.” ❤️
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Raised by 598 people in 18 days
Created December 29, 2018
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on behalf of Cristie Cass
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