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Please pray for my friend

Thursday, July 08, 2010

A former coworker (and friend) of mine really needs our prayers right now.

Maria is a really great young lady. She was in the military on 9/11 and so the most recent GI Bill allowed her to go back to school and pursue her goal of becoming a physician's assistant. She has been working really hard, first to prepare for going back to school, and then to learn everything she needs to know if she wants to be an excellent PA. (Which she does.) If she's ever able to finish her program she'll be a real asset for this nation's health care system.

Maria and her husband were living in Florida when hurricane Andrew hit. They came here (Albuquerque, New Mexico) during Andrew and stayed. Her husband's family is from Louisiana and they were visiting them recently when a tragedy occurred.

I don't understand all of what happened, but Maria was bending down at the side of a road to help a dog that had been hit by a car. I'm not sure whether it was one of her own dogs or just some stray dog that had been hit. Anyway, she was trying to help this injured dog (just the kind of thing I would expect Maria to do) when she was hit by a car. Possibly by two cars. (I got the story from a coworker's sister who used to work with Maria, so by this time a lot of it is kind of garbled.) Both of her arms and both of her legs were broken and she's had 6 or 7 skin grafts. I think that right now she may be in a coma.

Please pray for Maria to be healed without any permanent disability. Please pray for strength for her husband as he goes through this horrible ordeal with her. Maria is a fighter, but I do not believe that there is ever such a thing as too much prayer....and especially in a situation like this one. I know that I can count on my Spark friends to join me in lifting my friend up in prayer. Thank you all.

I got an update on the situation yesterday. Maria was trying to help a dog that had jumped out of a pickup truck and (I think) gotten hit. She was hit by two different cars. She was transferred to a different hospital a few days ago because they didn't want her skin grafts to become infected. I assume this means that she was transferred to a hospital where she could be put in protective isolation because of the risk of infection to the grafts. This all leaves me wondering if there was a fire involved because burn victims are the most likely patients to need skin grafts. One way or the other, Maria's got a long road ahead of her even after she's healed to the point where her doctors are willing to let her be moved to a hospital here in Albuquerque, so please keep praying.

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    My heart and prayers go out to Maria, and I pray G*D has mercy on her! Its so sad! It brought tears to my eyes because she stopped to help a dog and ended up hurt herself. I know G*D will keep her in his care. So sad that she is suffering so. Is she still in a coma? She ahs my prayers. susan
    3810 days ago
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    Oh my goodness! So sorry to hear that such a tragedy occurred, especially when she was just trying to help another living thing! Prayers and positive energy go out to Marie and her family and friends. emoticon
    4032 days ago
    Wow, Vali, this is a lot of stuff for one person to have experienced. I hope the breaks will come her way just like her persistence continues it's way. How noble that she was caring for an animal.

    4032 days ago
  • VALI_T
    Thank you for this Andi. I really wish that I had Maria's husband's cell phone number so that I could call him to get updates on her. Hopefully my coworker's friend who got the original news will get an update from time to time....
    4032 days ago
  • ANDI_3K
    I will definitely pray. Maria is likely in a medically induced coma ~ this is common in trauma cases. Skin grafts can happen to anyone who was in a car accident, especially if there are "road rash" type injuries from being thrown/dragged/ect.
    The fact that they could move her is a very good sign, the fact that they wanted to is also a good sign ~ if she were not strong enough or if there where too much damage they would prepare the family for amputation. When my brother was in a motorcycle accident they told us straight up that amputation was a very real possibility from second one.
    What I am clumsily trying to say is that there is much hope in this post....a long road ahead to be sure but there is much hope here. Hang in there.
    4033 days ago
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    Oh my what a terrible thing to happen. I will certainly add her to the list tonight. I sure do hope things get better for them. Life is never what you think is it, and when I think I have it bad, there is always soimething to remind me of my thankfuls.
    HUGS and hope for your friend.

    4037 days ago
  • ELSCO55
    I will add Maria to my prayer list
    4037 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    May HE hold her in HIS arms, send HIS healing powers to her, give everyone involved the strength and faith to endure.
    Most of all I pray for teh medical tems involved in her care and her willpower.

    If this will help, you could sned this along to her hubby and herself for later:

    Worry looks around.
    Sorry looks back.
    Faith looks up.
    4037 days ago
    Vali, I will add my prayers and positive energy to help your friend heal and regain her strength and will to continue on her healing path. I hope the idiots who hit her are brought to justice, and that they help defray her medical/hospital costs. I'm sorry, that didn't sound very positive, did it? I wish her a speedy recovery, a full recovery, and that you'll be able to talk to her again soon.
    4038 days ago
    My prayers will be with her, too. I hope she has a speedy recovery.
    4038 days ago
    I am so sorry that this happened to your friend. I will say a prayer for her and her family.
    4038 days ago
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