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Laura Lee’s Story

This page has been started to keep family and friends updated on Laura's condition and recovery from the injuries she sustained during an explosion of her home in Harrison, Labor Day weekend.

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****FUNDRAISERS ARE NOTED UNDER THE JOURNAL ENTRY 9/8/2012 BY KELLY WILLIAMS*****

In the morning of Sunday September 2, 2012. Laura was severely injured in an explosion of her home in Harrison, MT. The information that was given to the family regarding the accident, is from the first people on the scene and those involved in Laura's rescue. The explosion is believed to be caused by a propane leak in the home. Laura was in the shower at the time of the explosion and that may have saved her from having more injuries.

The most current reports of Laura's injuries are burns covering approximately 70% of her body, broken ribs (all 12 on right and 5 on left) in multiple places, collapsed lung, broken pelvis in multiple places, broken wrist and damage to her kidneys and pancreas. Laura spent the afternoon at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital until she was stable enough to be life flighted to Salt Lake City. Once she is situated in Salt Lake there will be more testing and procedures that will be done to determine that actual severity of her injuries. Her mom Lisa is by her side.

Laura is the oldest of 6 with 2 sisters and 3 brothers. She also has nieces and nephews that are truly the light of her life! Those that know her well, know that she is the most generous person that is so caring for others, strong and brave and even a little stubborn. :) Laura has an amazing amount of ambition and drive. Her laughter is contagious and fills a room. She can play any hand of cards that she is dealt. Please post words of encouragement, memories and thoughts that can help Laura Lee overcome this battle that lies ahead.

Latest Journal Update

April 1, 2013

Tomorrow will be 7th months since the accident.  At times it seems like it was just yesterday and then at other times it seems like it was a life time ago.

We are adjusting to life at home, the reality of living without the burn unit there to meet your every need.  I don't think there was anyway to prepare us for the shock and awe of re-entry into the real world.  Even after several months Laura still text or calls her burn nurses to get answers to questions that we feel only burn personnel will know.  Our Bozeman medical folks are great and helping all they can.  They continue to be impressed with Laura Lee's ability to heal.  Her right leg surgery is healing very well.  Probably one more bone graft to that leg to fill in some more spots where she needs bone.

Laura has not lost her sense of humor about any of this, she named her right leg "Lucky".  That is the leg that has been through so many obstacles -- being crushed, vascular surgery, many different skin grafts, orthopedic surgeries and staph infections of the bone.  The leg is looking better all of the time.  She as named her left leg "Mr. T".  That leg has to take on every transfer into and out of her wheelchair because she is not allowed to put any weight on "Lucky".  That leg is really getting muscular which is where it gets it's name.

Still many milestones to go...but I'm sure that Laura Lee will continue to face them with the same strength and courage she has exhibited for the last 7 months.