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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.


ashley gross signed Karina and Elias's Guestbook.

So wonderful to hear about all the progress both Karina and Elias are making! It's amazing to read about what a happy baby Elias is. I will be sending you lots of good ... Read more

Lynn Worley signed Karina and Elias's Guestbook.

Thanks so much for the update! Praying hard for your family!Lamentations 3:21-26 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are ... Read more

Heather West signed Karina and Elias's Guestbook.

Your life changed at the intersection I crossed every day when delivering newspapers as a young teenager in the 1980s.  I grew up just 3 blocks from there.  In the mid ... Read more

Marcia Christ signed Karina and Elias's Guestbook.

I have been following your family and this story from day one. Our church family is amazing and they have been praying for all of you. There are many, many of us praying ... Read more

Carla Madrigal signed Karina and Elias's Guestbook.

Such good news! You, all of you are such an amazing family. It's wonderful to hear that Elias is laughing and playing his way forward and that your dear Karina can enjoy ... Read more

Joannie Ernst signed Karina and Elias's Guestbook.

Thanks so much for the update.  I think of all of you so often and continue to pray that your family is recovering & finding joy in each day as it's been given.  So ... Read more

Cindy, Leo, Grayce, & Jessica signed Karina and Elias's Guestbook.

Thank you for sharing this update. Our family prays for your family often. May you continue to experience steady progress to health and wholeness and unexpected joy in the ... Read more

Beth Kerr signed Karina and Elias's Guestbook.

Thank you so much for your encouraging update on your precious family.  I often think of you and the courage, hope, and determination you all have.  Sending love and ... Read more

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