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This fundraiser ended on 10/15/12

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Help Rachel raise money in hope to cover her medical bills, physical therapy, and supplies that insurance will not cover.

On October 15th, 2007, Rachel had a car accident leaving her paralyzed from the neck down. She had broken her C5, but compressed her spinal cord causing her paralysis. She was trapped in her car to where firefighters had to use the Jaws Of Life to get her out by cutting her roof off. She was then air lifted to Albany Medical Center where she was in surgery for 6 hours. Rachel was hospitalized in the ICU for 50 days. She was on an assisted breathing machine keeping her alive as her left lung had collapsed. As she fought for her life she became stable and was slowly weened off the ventalation system that once helped her breath. As she progressed she started to breath on her own again, but her left lung was still weak. They soon gave Rachel a trach which improved her breathing and lung function in 2 weeks time. Shortly after her stay at Albany Medical Center Rachel was transported to Sunnyview Rehabilitation Center to start her 6 week therapy sessions to gain as much function back as possible. She slowly started to gain function back. Starting with her arms, Rachel had retaught herself how to eat with a fork or spoon which then led to her being able to do simple everyday things like brush her hair, wash her face, and brush her teeth. She then found movement in her toes and feet which led to her full sensation of touch to return, but still not able to feel hot or cold water or even pain.

Rachel was released from Sunnyview January 2008. Since then it's been hard to find and pay for therapy and equipment to help her heal and regain strength. 

 

Insurances can only cover a certain amount of medical bills and supplies until it's completely exhausted. Which is now the case for Rachel. Money donated will go to her medical bills, physical therapy, medical supplies, and home therapy equipment that is needed. (Standing frames, FES bike, Shower chair, Lifts, Medical bed)

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