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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Helping a Local Family

One of our GSOFamilies members, Heather Cope, has 5 kids. Her oldest daughter Bailey, a 7th grader, fell 10 feet into a concrete cellar last night (November 2). She was at a birthday party, playing hide and seek in the dark. There was a flight of stairs going to the unfinished cellar (basically a concrete pit), from ground level to about 10 feet underground. She fell over the edge, straight to the bottom, not down the stairs. It was a freak accident. The concrete was broken up at odd angles, which Heather suspects is one of the reasons her injuries are so bad. Heather's husband, Matt, had gone to pick up Heather from the party and arrived just as the mom of the birthday child was on the phone with 911, so he was with Bailey when the EMTs arrived. Heather met him and Bailey at the hospital - and hasn't left.

Bailey's in the ICU and while they haven't yet determined the full extent of her injuries, so far they know her knee is broken and in an immobilizer - surgery is TBD. She has a broken nose, broken eye socket, and both walls of a sinus cavity are broken. This let air into her brain cavity, so they're watching for leaking cerebral spinal fluid. They are waiting for more news on a hemorrhage. Later today they will do another CT Scan to check for fractures to her jaw. The good news is Bailey's neck and back appear intact; she is awake, and fairly lucid but experiencing memory problems.

Heather is a nursing student. Her husband Matt is the sole income provider for their family. Bailey is a soccer player and the oldest of their 5 kids. The Cope family lives in Stokesdale, and will be traveling back and forth to Winston-Salem to the hospital. I've known Heather for almost ten years now, and she has always been there to help others when they need it, even when she hasn't really had the extra to spare - she's always found a way. This accident is going to be difficult on the family - travel to the hospital, keeping the other four kids on their schedule with school and meals, and Matt having to miss work to be with his daughter. Not to mention medical expenses and Bailey's recovery.

Heather asked for Get Well cards and pictures to be mailed to Bailey to help cheer her up during the time she's in the hospital and during the long recovery ahead of her. If you have a few minutes, please consider sending a card or picture (involve your kids!) to Bailey:

Bailey Cope
344 Dogwood Acres Road
Madison, NC 27025

If you'd like to help the Cope family in other ways, I know they'd appreciate gas cards and grocery cards. They are also going to have to rent a wheelchair for Bailey, which is an out-of-pocket expense. I'm not sure if it's something that can be emailed, but Heather's email is naturebaby@triad.rr.com if you need it and I know she does have Amazon Payments if you'd like to just send a few bucks to help her family out (it's free, and similar to PayPal but easier to use). I considered setting up a site through a third party (like gofundme) but the fees are high and I feel like anything should go directly to the family.

UPDATE: There are times in our lives when friends and family ask, "What can I do to help out?" The answer is usually to help them with a meal. When many friends give a meal, this is a meal train. We have set up a MealTrain for the Cope family, to help them out while Bailey is recovering. Bailey is doing wonderful, considering the circumstances, but it is going to take a lot of time and energy to care for her while she's recuperating and recovering. Bailey is the oldest of 5 kids, plus Heather and Matt. Please considering helping out by signing up to bring them a meal here: http://www.mealtrain.com/?id=mpujmd8tc8gt - Matt works at Rice Toyota in Greensboro and can possibly arrange for a drop-off of meals at his work if driving to Madison is too far. 


I will be continuing to edit and update this post with news on Bailey as Heather shares it. If nothing else, please keep this sweet girl in your thoughts as she has an extensive recovery period ahead of her. The family has said they appreciate the kind thoughts and prayers, and adding her to prayer lists is welcomed. 

Thank you, GSOFamilies, for making this community one where I (and others) feel comfortable asking for support when it is needed. I'm so proud of everything GSOFamilies has become and everything we will continue to be and do in the future! THANK YOU!

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Update 11/3/13 at 10am:
Heather said the trauma specialists want to wait until tomorrow to get the CT scans of Bailey's face, but have okayed the x-rays of her neck for today. They've started anti-seizure protocol and are having the ophthalmology team come in to look at her eye. After the CT scan tomorrow, they'll decide if she needs any surgery for her facial fractures. Bailey just got a dose of morphine, so she's resting pretty comfortably right now.

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Update 11/4/13 at 8 am:
Heather already met with the surgery team, the ENTs, and the orthopedic docs this morning. It looks like the ligaments and muscles in her knee are intact, which means the chance of healing without surgery continues to go up. The ENT ruled out leaking cerebral spinal fluid for now- a really good sign- and said that Bailey will probably not have surgery for any of the facial fractures. She is in really good spirits, and has asked repeatedly about going back to school. Today brings the CT scan of her face, X-ray of her neck and, fingers crossed, a move from ICU to a regular room. Thanks for keeping her in your thoughts and prayers!

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Update 11/4/13 at 8 pm:
X-ray of Bailey's neck looks great! No fractures, but a pretty wicked case of whiplash. PT should be by today to teach Heather and Matt how to use her equipment and they are being moved to a regular room. CT scan did not show any more fractures to her face, but did indicate more bleeding near her brain. Bailey's not eating or drinking much and still has the neck brace on. She may be able to go home as early as tomorrow night- everyone agrees that she'll do her best healing at home. Fingers crossed!

3 comments:

  1. Can we drop off pre cooked meals at this address?

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  2. http://www.takethemameal.com/

    If someone who knows them well would like to set this up for them, it might help! :)

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  3. Thank you for keeping us posted on Bailey. And I second the question Wendy asked. Are they in need of meals?

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