Wednesday, August 15, 2007


My mom's youngest sister, Susan, was hit by a drunk driver on Friday night.

After they spun around a few times and flipped a few more times, her husband and his sister were able to climb out through the back window. Susan, however, was pinned. The "jaws of life" were used to get her out and she was airlifted to a hospital in Springfield, Missouri, where she has spent the last 3 days in the Neuro-ICU.

My mom flew out there yesterday to be with the family and help where she can.

She says that according to what she's seen and the neurosurgeon's report, Susan can fully feel and function down to C-5 on her right side and C-6 on her left side. Below that, the feeling is spotty and irregular. The “C” vertebrae are the ones in the neck. This isn’t good. Mom says she’ll be lucky if she ever walks again.

On the plus side, yesterday they moved Susan out of Neuro-ICU and into a floor room. She sat up on the side of the bed yesterday (obviously with help) for 10 minutes, and her Docs are checking into her insurance to see if they can move her to Univ. Kansas (which is in Kansas City) for her rehab. That way her husband could go home and work and have his life (sort of) without having to be 4+ hours away from her.

This sucks SO much.