My Daughter Was Alive, But She Was Badly Hurt

My Daughter Was Alive, But She Was Badly Hurt

Full of life. That’s how I would describe my daughter…so full of life. My beautiful, outgoing girl had just graduated from high school and she was enjoying her last summer days at the beach before college. She had a job at a daycare and she was so excited for the future…for life to begin.

The call came in the evening. I could hear my daughter in the background.  The man on the other end of the line told me to come to the hospital right away because my daughter had been in a very bad car accident. We reached the scene and the police told us to stand back. I yelled, “But I’m her mother!” The police office said, “I don’t care; just get to the hospital and wait.” I didn’t know it at the time, but the police didn’t want us to watch as they tried to get my daughter out of the car; they didn’t want us to see it. I was in shock…complete shock.

My daughter was alive, but she was hurt very badly. Her injuries were severe – broken nose, eye socket, sinus cavity.  She broke two bones in her left arm and all of the bones in her hand.  She lost her index finger, had to endure skin grafts.  Her neck was injured and she had to wear a halo for 10 weeks. She was in a coma for two weeks. Since then, she’s gone through seven surgeries and procedures to check her sinus cavity because if it got blocked she could die. The doctors said her neck wouldn’t heal for at least a year. It was all so hard on her. It was unimaginable.



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[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left”]My daughter didn’t have any insurance at the time of the accident. Her medical bills were unimaginable and piling up. I had missed so much work, but I had to go back to work or take a leave without pay. My daughter needed help bathing, getting dressed, brushing her teeth.  She needed me, and my teenage son needed someone to take care of him, too. My husband helped out as much as he could, but it was all too much. Our precious daughter was so sick, the bills were piling up, the money wasn’t coming in. It was such a huge disaster.

You never know what will happen. Whether it will be an accident or a fire. You just never know what can happen. I don’t know how we would have stayed current, paying our household bills without help from the Hug Fund. Hug Fund donors were there to help my family. The Hug Fund was there when I needed help the most.

The giving part is easy. You have the satisfaction of knowing you are helping somebody. Because of the Hug Fund, my beautiful little girl is doing better each day.[/text_block]

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