Saving Mom's smile

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My mom was brutally injured and almost died last week from wounds consistent with a fourth degree sexual assault. One agonizing week later, police are still investigating the case but so far no answers and no suspect.

Last Sunday, I wrote to you on the NEA Report Facebook page that I would be taking care of my family during an unimaginable tragedy. At about 1:30 PM Sunday, September 16, my mom was found with severe injuries in her home off of Patrick Street in north Jonesboro. She had lost a great deal of blood, had black eyes, three broken teeth, a broken jaw in three places, a huge gash in her head, and bruising on the back and front of her hands and arms. She was almost dead.

From Sunday to Wednesday, I could not look at my mom without crying. She stopped breathing once. Her face was destroyed. Her lip was hanging loose and her jaw was dangling. It has since been wired shut. Despite this living hell, NEA Baptist hospital has given her a second chance at life.

My mom was and is very proud of her smile. She just had dental work done which she had financed and now, everything must be fixed again. We also do not know how the scars and other injuries will heal on her face. Additional cosmetic corrections may be needed there as well.

Mom looked at me and tried to tell me how much the cost, in thousands, would be for each tooth. She was so afraid of not being able to pay for this. I want to surprise her and tell her that we got it done for her.

Anything you can donate will help. Thank you.

Stan Morris

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We expect mom to get to leave the ICU tomorrow, if all goes well! She's going to need in-patient care for PTSD for a short time but she is doing so well, I believe she will recover from it, too. Thank you all for everything.
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This has been an incredible week. Mom is on track to make a full recovery and we have a lot of confidence she will be mentally and physically at herself again, just with a lot of work. She will need physical therapy as she continues to learn to walk again. She will need psychological treatment for PTSD as well, the hospitalist tells me.

On Monday, we expect her to have her jaw unwired. This means she will be able to drink liquids again. She told me she was so thirsty, she's been doing all she can to get a small sip of water here and there.

Her oral situation is her biggest worry, currently. She wants to be able to get her teeth repaired but she has a $7,000 dental bill she had just financed before this happened. We're hopeful to raise enough to allow for her to get four damaged teeth fixed. I told her how much we had so far and it really raised her spirits. I hope you will help spread the word and help her have her beautiful smile once again, just as I am thrilled to say I have my momma once again :)
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I got to see mom today but it wasn't easy. The hospital has had her on a ridiculous "No Visitors" order that didn't even allow for me to be with her for a week. I understood the need to stop allowing everyone to come in because it was getting her upset but I have been her calming voice throughout this and am probably going to have to take care of her for an extended time or forever. I'm prepared to do both.

So I went in anyway. They didn't like that. I truly regret how abrasive I was to several nurses but isolating her from me right now was and is not the right decision. The doctor came in, after refusing to visit with me initially. He said I can visit with his supervision but no other visitors. I'm okay with that.

Mom was so overjoyed to see me. I was so happy to see her, too. Both of our eyes teared up because she said she thought I had been killed. She's terribly confused. I have arranged for mental health professionals to visit with her in the next day.

I did get to tell her one important thing. "Mom - we've raised almost $1,000 for your teeth to get fixed!" She lit up so bright!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She was wearing a towel fashioned into a mask because she said her smile was ugly. But it isn't. To see that smile is the most beautiful sight in the universe to me. She's still alive and she's going to stay alive. I will be making sure of that.

Thank you all for the help. It means everything to that little lady. :) Stan
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The past few days have been difficult because mom has been having a mental meltdown. I'm hopeful I'll get to visit her on Sunday, Sep 30, and tell her about the progress we have been making. She looked at me and said "$1,000 per tooth" while pointing to her mouth earlier this week. I was so sad. Truth is, I have no idea what it will cost by the time this is over. She can't brush her teeth for four weeks beyond a light brushing. Plus her mouth has so many cuts from the jaw repair surgery and lip repair that it's painful for her to even touch a light sponge to her lips.

I wrote a larger update two days ago on NEA Report. Here it is.

https://neareport.com/2018/09/28/mental-scars-overshadow-physical-injuries-after-weeks-in-icu/
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