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.