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Welcome to our CaringBridge site for Karina and her son, Elias. We've created it to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most.

Dan & Karina's story begins in Boston, when Karina was visiting her sister who went to school with Dan. Karina, who spoke very little English, and Dan, who spoke very little Spanish, communicated fluently in the language of love. Their journey took them from Boston, to Chile, to Indiana and finally, Seattle, where Karina works at Seattle Children's Hospital. 

Baby Elias was born on March 15th, 2013 at Northwest Hospital. He weighed 8 lbs and 8 oz and was 19.75 inches long and perfect in every way. His parents were thrilled (tired, yes) and his grandparents were absolutely elated. The grandparents (Dan's parents) decided to move from Indiana to be close to their first grandchild and even moved blocks away so they would be able to help with anything Dan, Karina & Elias needed. They visited every day and beamed with pride and admiration at their young grandchild. 

On Monday, March 25th Karina, Elias and the doting grandparents set off on a walk. As they crossed the street near their home, a driver struck the foursome. The grandparents (Dan's parents) were killed instantly and Karina and Elias were rushed to the hospital. 
At the time of arrival, both Karina and baby Elias were in critical condition. Karina has been moved to stable. She has a fractured pelvis, hip and some torn ligaments in her knee. She has been kept sedated and will plan to have surgery in the next day or two.
Elias was wrapped in his mommy's arms when the accident occurred and was revived at the site. He has suffered some damage to his brain which the doctors are concerned about but he has shown signs of improvement since yesterday.
We will try and keep everyone updated on a daily basis. We appreciate the outpour of  love and support. Please keep Karina, baby Elias & Dan in your thoughts & prayers.


Lisa Schulte posted a new journal entry, "General update, been a long time".

I want to let my friends and people that have supported us all over know how everyone here is doing. It's been awhile and lots of people have been asking so here ... Read more

Jessica signed Karina and Elias's Guestbook.

Thank you for the Feb update. It's amazing to hear that your family is improving day by day. I hope that in the times of darkness the thought that your community is out ... Read more

Carmen (Dungan) McCool signed Karina and Elias's Guestbook.

Thank you so much for updating us on Karina and Elias.  I'm sure it seems like one more thing to do with your busy life, but it really is encouraging and love to hear of ... Read more

Jacqueline Binder signed Karina and Elias's Guestbook.

I see Karina walking down the block on 33rd Ave, past our house, and am enormously moved by her strength and perseverance. The neighbors are still rooting for you every ... Read more

Lindsay Meniz signed Karina and Elias's Guestbook.

I apologize for the late words, but I heard your story and my thoughts go out to you all and your recovery. It brings tears to my eyes all that has gone on and be glad ... Read more

Jeannette Kane signed Karina and Elias's Guestbook.

Way to soldier on towards the positive, all of you!  You are a strong family, and your community is behind you.  All the best-Jeannette in Ballard Read more

Jan N signed Karina and Elias's Guestbook.

Dan: you and your family continue in the thoughts and prayers of so many (like me) who have never met you.  We continue to mourn the many losses the three of you have ... Read more

Benny Lee signed Karina and Elias's Guestbook.

All my love to you Dan. You and Karina and Elias are often in my thoughts. I hope all goes well with the upcoming dura surgery. I just love imagining him pounding away on ... Read more

Ann Tucker-Gwinn signed Karina and Elias's Guestbook.

I'm so glad to hear that the healing continues for your family.  I can't imagine how incredibly hard this has been for all of you.  I hope the future holds even more ... Read more

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