Amy Foster-Broken Neck-Mom of 6
Many have had questions as to exactly HOW the accident happened. We thought we would share the story with you.
Kevin and Amy had been traveling for hours. After a LONG day, Kevin was exhausted. Amy was staying up with him to talk to him and help keep him awake. Well, she began reading a book and dozed off while she read. Kevin was only about 10 minutes from my parents house on the interstate and he fell asleep. He awoke when the vehicle hit the soft ground in the median.
When the vehicle hit the median, it immediately began to flip the vehicle. It rolled violently over about 3 to 4 times and landed in a paved turn around in the middle of the highway. Praise God all this happened in the middle of the highway which made it so that no other vehicles were involved.
Due to Kevin being awake when the vehicle began to roll, he was able to brace himself. Also, the children were safely protected by their car seats. But Amy (it appears) never woke up through it all and when the vehicle landed on the hard pavement in the median, they think that it caused the vehicle to jolt extra hard. At some point in the tumble, Amy's head was struck with EXTREME force, causing her neck to SEVERELY brake. She has cuts in her head and bad bruising on the side of her face/neck. She also had to have stitches in a small cut in her leg.
Well, as soon as they landed, Kevin began to urgently call out the names of his family to make sure they were all okay. The children were crying and assuring him they were okay. Then, he looked over at Amy. He called her name only to have her respond to him in a whisper that she couldn't breathe. Her head was resting twisted on her shoulder and her leg was up and twisted in a weird position. Kevin assured her that she was breathing because he could see her stomach rising and falling. He was desperate to get to her and help her. So, he climbed out of his window into the pouring rain, and went over to her side to help her.
He adjusted her leg more comfortably and tried to adjust her so that she could breathe better. She said a few phrases - "I can't breathe", "I think I broke my neck- I can't move", and "I'm thirsty".
Kevin continued to encourage her to hang in there!! By then, other vehicles had stopped to help and call 911. They came over and pulled the children from the car and let them sit in their dry vehicles. They could not get Amy out, so they kept telling her to hang on and that she had 6 children that she needed to stay alive for! She continued to act like she wanted to drift off to sleep, but Kevin and the other helpers kept talking to her to keep her awake.
Amy has NO recollection of those horrible first moments and does not recall the accident at all. We are BLESSED beyond measure that she is still with us because the doctor said that her body was in spinal cord injury shock. An injury that severe to the spinal cord can create havoc in the human body. The brain struggles to send the proper signals to the body and its organs to function properly. Hence, that is why she is still (today is Resurrection Sunday - day 3) on the ventilator to help her lungs breathe properly. She is also on medications to keep her blood pressure up, among other things.
However, her brain is totally coherent and we are blessed to try to figure out what she tries to mouth to us with the tube in her mouth.
Kevin's first words to us when we saw him in the hospital were, "I'm sorry!" We hugged him and crying profusely, we assured him it was okay and that we do NOT blame him! It can happen to the BEST of us. We hold NO grudge against him, but rather sorrow for him for this burden he must bear. He has been AMAZING through this all and shows love, humbleness, and spiritual strength. We are blessed to call him our brother in law!!
Our hearts are very heavy for the Foster Family and for Amy in particular. Our thoughts and prayers are with you daily. God's way is best and he knows the end from the beginning.....so we trust in His wisdom and not in our own. In Christian love, Pastor Jim Dutton and JoAnn, Bible Baptist Church, Chino Valley, AZ
prayers for your family
We have been praying. Dont know yall personally. But, I have friends that know the family.
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We are continuing to pray and hope for miracles. We are missionaries in Japan but I sure wish we could send money too. But we will keep praying for you all! The Lord of the Small Praise to the Lord of the Small Broken Things, Who Sees the Poor Sparrow That cannot take wing. Who loves the lame child and the wretch in the street Who comforts their sorrows and washes their feet. ...Praise to the lord of the faint and afraid Who girds them with courage and lends them his aid, He pours out his spirit on vessels so weak, That the timid can serve and the silent can speak. Praise to the lord of the frail and the ill Who heals their afflictions or carries them till, They leave this tired frame and to paradise fly, to never be sick and never to die. Praise him, O Praise Him All ye who live Who've been given so much and can so little give Our frail lisping praise God will never Despise. He Sees His Dear Children Through Mercy Filled Eyes! by Johanna Anderson...
Would like to send a donation just don;t want to do it on line , could i get an address =prayers coming your way --God bless you all .
I am definitely going to pray for family. This is very sad, but God is in control .
DoreneLee Rowand-Schmidt , You should delete your comment. We have all come close to this situation...I have been sleepy in broad daylight and hit the rumble strip. I am not sure why? It's called an accident and they can happen any time. This dear husband and father doesn't need to be burdened anymore. God knows and He is on His throne. May God be glorified through your trials. Praying and crying with each update.
My father- in- law broke his neck in a motorcycle accident 34 years ago. My husband would like you all to know that he knows the emotions and struggles you are going through right now but most importantly, our Heavenly Father knows. May he send comfort and healing !
However well meaning, we are all human, and as we want mercy, so should we be merciful to others. I am praying for Amy and Kevin, as this must be difficult.
My family and I are continually thinking about and praying for Amy and your family.
Praying for your entire family. We have a 14 yr old daughter who broke her neck after falling from the monkey bars at school. She is a quad, from the chest down. I know exactly what the family will be facing in the months to come. God has been faithful, we're a family of 11 and it has definitely been a challenge, but He will see you through it!
Praying non-stop for the family, this weighs heavily on my heart and I will continue to pray for Gods grace and healing.
I am APPALLED at the comment left by DoreneLee. This family is suffering, don't you think they know that? I am appalled you would place blame here/bring this to light -very inappropriate.
I don't care HOW close you are to your destination. IF you are so tired you have problems keeping your eyes open. PULL OVER. If you're that close, you can always call for someone to come get you. They would rather do that than have to come to a hospital or worse yet, a Funeral Home. Praying for the family.
Praying for you and your family and for a speedy recovery. My thoughts and prayers are with you all
Praying for you and your family!