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Medical Transport for MI Athlete

$16,777 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 251 people in 20 days
Created October 1, 2018
On Saturday, September 29th Donielle Stephan, a Merritt Island High School athlete, was injured during a soccer game. She took a knee to the jaw that threw her head backward, then another to the left. Currently she is unable to move. Her sensory nerves are working so she can feel, but her motor nerves are not working and she can’t move. Reflexes in her arms and legs have been  diminished or absent. She is in a tremendous amount of pain. This girl is typically unstoppable. She not only plays soccer, but she’s also the kicker for the football team, and plays lacrosse. 

So far, her MRIs look clear so they are hoping just lots of inflammation that will get better over time.   A spine specialist will be coming in to determine more. 

This family has suffered much recently, as Donielle’s brother was injured in a motorcycle accident a few months ago and is paralyzed from the waist down. He’s living at home needing care and now Donielle is at a hospital two hours away. We are hoping if she has to stay they will transport her closer to home where family and friends have an easier time visiting her.  The family would be required to pay for that transportation, as it is not covered by insurance. If she does stay at the current hospital the family is separated as Donielle’s mother is driving back-and-forth daily so that she can help both of her children. 

Any funds raised will help with a possible transport to a closer hospital, for gas and food while the family is separated or any rehabilitation Donielle may need as she heals. 

This family, and particularly Donielle, has been active in our community. Let’s help them get their family healed and back together where they belong! We all know...every little bit will help!
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Donielle was finally moved to a regular room today. She is still waiting for the transfer to Orlando. The weekend has slowed that down. Her movement is still about the same. The circulation in her feet has not been good and she has been given shots of blood thinner to prevent clots. Her feet are very cold up to just above her ankles. They have used leg massagers but it’s painful for her, especially on her left leg. She is receiving physical and occupational therapy everyday and surpasses the goals they set for her! We are excited about her progress but also realize she has some fighting left to do.

Her brother was taken to the ER from his physical therapy on Friday. His heart rate was extremely high. He was able to go home but hasn’t been feeling very well.

The family is beyond grateful, humbled by the love and support being shown to them. Continued prayers!
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What an amazing visit with Donielle!! The doctor this morning gave a diagnosis of severe spinal shock. It is uncommon and often goes away very quickly and rarely causes paralysis. However, it can sometime even be permanent so we have been blessed with a miracle. Donielle has some further recovery still. Her left side is definitely weaker than her right. However, you see that she’s already pushing herself in true “Donielle” spirit. Thanks again for your prayers and generosity.

Also, her family wants to be sure to thank the opposing team for their gifts and visit to the hospital. ♥️
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Donielle is able to walk with assistance! It’s been a miraculous day!! She is doing really well and should be moved to a rehab (hoping for Orlando) tomorrow or Sunday. Thank you for your continued prayers. She will be back on the field in no time!
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Donielle just woke up from a nap and she’s moving! She even fed herself some strawberries!! I’m not able to post the videos here but you can find them on my Facebook. Answered prayers! Thank you all so much for continuing to pray! On my way there now...can’t wait to see her!!
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Raised by 251 people in 20 days
Created October 1, 2018
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