Tyra Pacheco Support Fund
It’s that time of year again when Tyra spends countless hours strategically planning and mapping the coordinates for the pilot….You see, Tyra specializes in architectural, aerial and estate photography. She has done this many times. She actually looked forward to it. Unfortunately, this time something went tragically wrong when their helicopter crashed. Tyra and her trusted pilot, John Ryan, like so many times before were flying along the coast of Cape Cod. Being the experienced pilot that John is, he was somehow able to manipulate the place of impact. First responders have stated, had they crashed four feet more one way (deeper into Crows Pond, Chatham) they would have both drowned. They also stated had they gone four feet in the other direction, the impact would have been more severe due to the landscape.
Tyra was med-flighted to Boston and John (pilot) was taken by ambulance to Cape Cod Hospital where he was later transferred to Boston as well.
Tyra remains in critical but stable condition. She has suffered many broken bones including her neck, ribs, leg, shoulder and severed part of her finger. Incredibly there appears to be no substantial damage to her internal organs or spinal cord. However, doctors remain optimistic about her lungs despite the fact that most of her ribs are broken.
Tyra’s first love is her family. She is undeniably dedicated to ensuring their happiness and well-being. Anyone who knows her will tell you she is the “perfect mother & wife”. I would tell you that and all of her friends would too. We would also tell you she’s an amazing friend, one that we are all the better for just simply by knowing her. Tyra is always running in ten different directions. Between their children’s band practices, concerts and shows, the many school band trips she volunteers for, the fundraisers that benefit their school and band, college tours (for the 1st of three children) all while making sure she’s home for them preparing or picking up dinner on those crazy nights. I think her favorite nights are those that her husband is cooking on the grill, she always looks forward to that. (between you and me, it freed her up to kick back and relax if only for ten minutes).
With a horrific and terrifying accident such as this, it’s far too early to say she’s out of the woods but I continue to have faith she will have a full recovery. Tyra will undergo several surgeries over the next few weeks and will require a lot of care.
So I end with this….. Tyra Pacheco is an exceptional human being, one we can all strive to be like. So now in her greatest time of need please help her and her family by donating. Any amount at all will be greatly appreciated.
It's been a while since my last update.
A lot has happened in this time; Tyra is home with her family and pups, (that video will be here soon) and continues to make improvements daily.
This You Tube video was taken by Annie Pacheco (Tyra's baby) of her oldest sibling, Emma Pacheco as she so eloquently spoke to the attendees of the Finest Hours for Tyra fundraiser. This event was held at the Orpheum Theater in Chatham, September 15, 2016.
Hope you enjoy watching and thank you all again for your generosity and support.
It has been just over two months since Tyra's terrible accident. After enduring countless operations and procedures, she is on the mend!
Tyra has begun to stand on her right leg for short periods of time with the help of her therapists. The next step is to start walking once she can put weight on her left leg (which is still weeks away). Hopefully she will get her neck brace off in a few weeks as well! Tyra is working on everyday routines such as bathing and getting dressed herself.
Tyra still has inabilities that prevent her from getting back to her normal self. She doesn't have full mobility of her hands, she cannot properly write. She can't operate a wheelchair on her own. She also can't sit up for long periods of time, as her back starts to hurt and she is confined to a hospital bed most of the time.
We are hoping she'll get past these difficulties and live a normal life again, perhaps even returning to her career as a photographer.
The most miraculous aspect of this entire situation is how positive Tyra has been, despite all she has been through. Tyra has remained optimistic about her recovery and her setbacks.
We would like to thank everyone who has been organizing and participating in fundraisers for Tyra. Her family appreciates it more than you'll ever know.
Tyra and I spent hours this past Sunday night catching up on all that has happened (both good and bad). We laughed and we cried. This was the first visit that she was fully alert and aware of all that is happening. It's a blessing how the mind protects us from remembering events as horrific as Tyra's. She has no recollection of the helicopter crash or of the last three weeks. (thank God)
She asked that I share with you all how much your generosity, love and support means to her. Tyra is humbled and in awe of the genuine kindness she and her family have received these last four weeks.
Tyra spent the first three weeks in SICU. She was transferred to the best rehab in Boston just last Friday. With many surgeries behind her and hopefully only one more to go. Tyra is scheduled to have her IVC filter removed tomorrow morning. (This filter was put in place to catch any potential blood clots).
Just last week she had surgery on her severed finger and she is now on her way to a long recovery.
Tyra has made great strides and continues to "wow" the doctors. Just one week ago she was able to speak for the first time since the accident. I can't even begin to tell you what it was like hearing her voice on the phone. It was better than Christmas!!!
The road ahead is a long and daunting one. Tyra cannot walk and sitting is a challenge. She was actually able to sit (with the doctor behind her just in case) for 12 minutes only two days ago. It's the simple things we all take for granted that she is working so hard at and will achieve one day again. Tyra is unable to walk and has very limited use of her hands. Eating is a challenge as is doing her hair and using her iPad (amongst everything else in between). She is able to manipulate her hands in a way allowing her to scroll through her emails and Facebook which makes her very happy. (you all know how much she loves keeping up to date and shows me and most of you up on her skills. Even now it's down right embarrassing)
Tyra's husband, kids and family have been with her every step of the way and they too are beyond thankful for all your support.
Tyra is a fighter and will never give up. She continues to push herself in a way that is truly hard to comprehend. She is a superstar and will without a doubt reach her goals one day.
Please share her incredible story of progress and triumph in the making.
Thank you all for your support, love and generosity.
Hi everyone! Today, mom finally got the surgery done on her ribs. The doctors plated them so that they will heal properly and leave enough space for her lungs. That was the last planned surgery. They also did a tracheostomy, which basically entails inserting a tube through her neck and into her trachea (windpipe) to help her breathe. This is instead of the uncomfortable tubes that were down her throat. She cannot talk for the time being, but she can mouth words. She should be able to talk in the near future. The next big step is to gradually reduce her sedation until she is truly awake. Once that happens and she starts breathing without aid, they can move her out of intensive care. This is all very exciting news! Thank you all for your unfailing support. ❤️ Emma
Thank you all for your generous donations. Christine R.
Emma, you're doing such a wonderful thing for your mother, keeping her friends informed. There are so many friends hoping and praying for her healing, her comfort during her recovery and her faith that this too will pass and she'll be well again. I know you're a big part of her strength. Thank you for keeping us informed.