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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!  


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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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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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UPDATE 6/5/18, 12:30P

Sami had a decent night and her doctors are pleased with her progress. They took her off the paralytics so some movement has resumed, along with coughing. She was shivering some so they have used a heat blanket and some sedatives. She's also on antibiotics for lung and staph infection. They are planning to remove monitors, and another MRI will follow. No need for pelvic surgery for now, but are planning elbow surgery soon. Sami will need a feeding tube and trachea operation as well.

Sami has a lot of people that care about her and are rooting for her - THANK YOU for the love and support!
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UPDTE: 6/3/18

Sami's fever is a lung infection (somewhat expected), so she's getting antibiotics. She is still on the paralytic meds so she doesn't over-breath the ventilator, which means no movement for a few days. But Barbara got to see the shocked look on that one nurse's face when she heard that Sami had been moving yesterday. She even questioned Barbara's sister and the current nurse if they had witnessed spontaneous movement, and they confirmed! Looking forward to more powerful Sami coming through soon. Meanwhile, she got more cards and love today, we got to go to Lucy's choir concert, and Cate admitted to how exhausting this all is! Please keep good vibes coming. And thank you!
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UPDATE: 6/1/18 9:50p

Some positive signs coming out of the ICU this afternoon with Sami:
Over the course of the day, there was some coughing, response to pain, Sami tried to pull her arm away from the nurse while they were cleaning her wound, she moved her thumb, she swung her arm, and was asked to move fingers, but didn’t. At each pain test both legs and arms moved. She was turned, and coughed. Again was asked to move – Sami moved one index finger, one thumb. There was possibly some minor pupil reaction. Last night the night nurse, Tracy, washed and braided her hair and played some music for her. Today, her Aunty Becky visited, played some of Sami’s Spotify playlists, and Barbara read Sami some of her favorite novel.

Thank you everyone for the positive energy - the large amount of support is adding fuel to Sami's fire!
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