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Rejoin a family while Mom heal

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Raised by 653 people in 15 days
Created June 8, 2019
On the morning of May 24, 2019, Calista McKinney Hodge, daughter of a 30-year Army Veteran, and her family were involved in a major car accident.  The family was traveling from Ohio to northern Virginia to visit her brother on Memorial Day weekend. While they were stopped in traffic, a tractor-trailer hit this family of five, Calista, Willy (the husband) three-year old twin-boys, and a baby boy that turned seven-months old on the day of the accident. One of the twins suffered a broken left leg, above the knee.  Both twin-boys received a head injury(s). Current indications are that the seven-month old has no injuries.  Willy suffered injuries to his ankle and back. The mom, Calista, unfortunately is suffering from several major injuries and the prognosis of her injuries results in a very slim, 3% chance of ever walking again.  She has a broken arm, broken spine, severely fractured pelvis and hip, broken ribs and collapsed lungs.  The healing process for her injuries is long term and life altering. The opportunity for this family to return back to their home in Ohio is impossible without major modifications and renovations.  Calista must stay and have long term care for quite sometime in a rehabilitation facility. Her husband has taken a leave of absence to care for Calista in the Intensive Care Unit. The three boys are notwith their parents and are in multiple locations to provide her husband and her parents the opportunity to care for Calista 24/7 at the medical facility.

After reviewing their vehicle, the family is fortunate to be alive.
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Calista is her father’s daughter. Just as her father strived to be his best and ultimately becoming one of the Army’s most senior and influential leaders, Calista has demonstrated and leveraged opportunities in her career.  She earned a Chemical Engineer Degree at Florida A&M University in Research & Development, focusing on process and product development in Fabric and Home Care Business. She is well respected by her peers for the expertise she exemplifies at her craft. Calista has had an enormous impact on products for consumers. She has traveled to several countries to deliver opportunities for her organization thus, gaining superior comprehension of the international culture in support of her employer. She has taken the time to build strong relationship with others.  She is a consummate team builder and knows how to create a genuine family environment with constructive leadership feedback.  Calista is a wonderful wife, daughter, sister, niece and aunt whom this incident have had a major affect. Most importantly, Calista is a super mom that provides heartfelt passion, spirited discipline and abundant love for her kids.  She was able to balance motherhood and a busy work life effortlessly and effectively. Also, time for her to remain healthy and fit to meet daily challenges. She wears a smile that is absolutely contiguous and can never be forgotten.  

We are asking for assistance to help this great mom and family to create some level of normalcy while they are on the long road to recovery.
 
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Calista is limited at the rehab center because her hip is not stabilized. Her hip is being evaluated day by day. The staff at the Shepherd Center, family and, visitors have done an incredible job in helping her emotionally during this life changing event. See improvement below:

> Calista will be evaluated this week to reverse the tracheostomy
> Increase her eating and drinking intake.
> Sits in the wheelchair

Great news, the kids are expected to visit mom at the center on Wednesday for a few dayS
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Today, the hospital staff was able to place Calista in a wheelchair for 30 Minutes in an effort to get her comfortable using a wheelchair. Due to the injury to her hip, they were only able to place her in the wheelchair in a flat position. The staff over time will gradually incline her chair as her hip heal to accommodate an upright position.
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Calista is currently at Shepherd Center which is specialized in spine rehab in Atlanta, Georgia. Calista has suffered multiple injuries but we are seeing tremendous improvement at Shepherd Center.
See improvement below:
Ø Sit up without support
Ø Breathing on her own but lungs need more treatments
Ø Downsize Tracheostomy from an 8 to 6
Ø Eat or drink without assistance
Ø Able to speak with a cap over the Tracheostomy throughout the day. Nurse indicate this is a great improvement.
Calista is a fighter and always praying for strength and happiness during this life changing event.
Again, thank you for your continuous prayers and support!
Willy, Calista, Warick, Warnick, and Windsor
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Calista went into surgery today to get her hip put back in place.
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