Help Sami Fagen in Intensive Care!

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Sami Fagen, 
a Senior at Oakwood Secondary School, was in a terrible car accident on Saturday May 26th 2018.

Early Saturday morning, a police officer called and said our oldest daughter, Sami, had been admitted at UCLA Intensive Care Unit from an overturned car accident where she had to be mechanically extracted from a Toyota Prius. She is stable but critical, induced coma for several more days, multiple injuries including fractured pelvis, fractured elbow, brain swelling that is being operated on as I write this, neck fracture, lacerated liver; lots of stuff to deal with at the moment. 

This is my oldest step-daughter, Sami, 18, who was a passenger in a car. The crash happened on a winding road in the palisades with a childhood friend who was on summer break after his first year at the University of San Francisco. No drugs or alcohol involved - both really good students. Very Tragic. The driver is having an arm compound-fracture worked on today. We are supported by lots of friends, and Barbara and I are taking turns staying at the ICU at UCLA - staying positive as much as possible.  

Sami is the oldest of 7 siblings: 6 sisters and 1 brother. She loves to dance. She is a natural artist, and has an eye for fashion. She was about to graduate high school, and was planning to start college in the Fall at Marist College, in Poughkeepsie New York and study psychology. 

We have no idea what the final hospital bills will look like but she is potentially going to need months of recovery. If you feel moved to support Sami - we all thank you from the bottom of our hearts. The outpouring of support is beyond anything I have felt before - so thank you for all the love!  

Please share this far and wide! We are all in this together. 

We will post updates when we can, so stay tuned...
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Sami has been in a semi-conscious state for a few months after the car accident, and has just made her first vocal sounds! I never thought I would be this happy over someone using their vocal chords.

While mostly laying in a hospital bed since the end of May, and after multiple operations, she has healed her fractured pelvis, her C2 spine non-displaced fracture seems good, her fractured elbow has a pin and it looks good, the shunt in her head seems to be working, and we have been waiting and praying for her to start communicating with us and the world again. We are so thankful for friends and family that continue to lend a hand or offer support. Barbara has been spending so much time and energy advocating for Sami and is constantly tired. We are ready for a break.

Hoping today is the first day of a new transformation!
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Urgent Update: 8/04/18

Updates haven't been posted in awhile because Sami's mother has been posting updates on Facebook along with her sister, Rebecca and brother-in-law, John in Seattle WA–both who have taken time off from work multiple times to help out with Sami.

Sami has been stable and slowly showing signs of improvement over the past 2 months, although she is still not fully responsive and conscious. She is in a semi-conscious state. Sometimes she reacts to voices or sounds by turning her head, or moves her arms and legs in response to pain, or touch. Sami spends her time in bed or sitting upright in a chair. We play her music, read to her, massage her, work on her range of motion for her arms and legs, and make sure she is getting the care she deserves. She has friends who visit. Several weeks ago, she was transfered from UCLA to a care facility, and she is now back at UCLA where she just had another operation, this time to put in a shunt to regulate brain swelling. She will be at UCLA for several more days for monitoring.

Thank you for the continued love and support!
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UPDATE: 6/23/18 10:30pm

Doctor's said Sami was making good progress on her pre-conscious reflexes, etc. They were actually really impressed the last 2 days (more eye opening and arm movement). Surgery to reattach her piece of skull is scheduled for Monday. And Sami took a swing at a nurse. The nurse said, "It sure looked like she was trying to punch me!" Thank you for all the support! One day at a time....
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UPDATE: 6/11/18, 8:35pm

We had a good morning in the ICU. If you want specifics, in no particular order...staples on her head came out, elbow splint came off (we can move her arm and wrist around to increase range of motion), IV meds are off, seizure meds are going through her gtube, no fever, good white cell count, off Versed (sedative), MRI ok, TCD (transcranial doppler) looking good, and they are weaning her off the ventilator. They are looking to move her out of the ICU soon (depending on the next 48 hours). Still having some morphine, tylenol, ibuprofen. Oh, and did I mention therapy dog, Jasper, stopped by and licked her hand?

Thank you for the continued prayers and positive thoughts. Hoping we keep forward momentum!
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