For those of you who don’t follow me on Facebook or Twitter, I recently posted about a friend’s daughter, Mariah.
She was walking home after taking some end-of-the-year tests, and she was hit by a car going 35-40 mph. She had two broken femurs, a broken shin broken shin and two broken vertebrae. She was immediately taken into surgery to stop internal bleeding. That was the first of her eight surgeries. Her legs took six surgeries. During the surgery to fuse her spine, the doctors discovered that the damage was worse than expected.
She’ll never walk again. She’s 17 years old.
She’s now out of the ICU, off a feeding tube and even set to be transferred to the Seattle Children’s Hospital, which is a great institution from everything I’ve heard. From what I understand, Mariah will be hospitalized for at least a couple more months. She still has a lot of work to do with the physical and occupational therapists.
The other issue is where they’ll live. They had just found a place to rent, but it won’t work for someone in a wheelchair. I’m not sure if they’ll be able to find a place they can retrofit, so perhaps they’ll have to buy a place and adapt it. Or maybe landlords are nicer than I think about this sort of thing. Certainly, they’ll need to retrofit their car if she ever wants to drive again.
I’m sure the therapy bills will be substantial. Many of you have health problems and know how hard it is to cope with the final diagnosis, not to mention learning to adapt your life to the new limitations. You know just how long it takes to work through all that. (Any day now for me.)
Because of the associated costs and what will probably be a lengthy delay with the driver’s insurance (assuming she had any), Tony’s lawyer advised him to start a GiveForward campaign.
Tony is a well-known Magic player (though he can’t currently play because he now works for Wizards), and Mariah was getting very good and decently well-known herself. So the Magic community has been great in donating to the cause. Some stores have held fundraising tournaments, and individual players have spread the word to friends and family.
But things are slowing down after the initial rush. So I thought I’d mention it on here. I know not everyone can afford much. But if you feel like donating even $5 to a good cause, you can go here. Every little bit helps.
You can read about the accident and a bit more about Mariah in this article from the Renton Reporter.