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.
I'm writing this to the anonymous writer "disgusted." The reason I don't post here often is to prevent misunderstandings and retain some level of privacy. I didn't ask for any of this and really don't need to write this message. I could just ignore you.
BUT just to be clear: you misunderstand our cause here. My sole priorities are to, in order of importance:
1) Do all I can to take care of my wife and child for the long haul and 2) Do whatever I can to make the penalties for DUIs more stringent in the meantime.
You presume to know my intentions, but as far as I can tell you don't even know me personally. You do not understand the meaning of our lawsuit. And it seems you don't know the extent of the damage done to my family.
I am not in it for the money. We are doing this to find some resemblance of life as it used to be, when we were all healthy. My family is entitled to compensation for the harm done to cover a long list of medical and other expenses, some of which we will likely endure the rest of our lives. I want to make sure I do all I can to take care of them. There's nothing more important to me than ensuring we can endure as a family.
But putting all that aside, it is also about the message and making sure the people responsible for keeping repeat DUI offenders off the road are accountable for their actions. In this case, they failed. I don't want it to happen to other families. Our case, I hope, will encourage those responsible to be more careful and diligent in the future.
If you still feel let down, please come public and I will reimburse you for any funds you sent our way.
To all others out there, I apologize for burdening you with all the messages today. This will be the last one.