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On New Year's Day, Carol and Roger were driving home from church, when their Honda Civic was struck (T-boned) by a Dodge Durango that ran a red light (according to preliminary investigation) in Fort Collins, Colorado, about a 1/2 mile from their home. Carol was on the passenger side, where the impact occurred. The ambulance arrived within 2-3 minutes and brought her to the Medical Center of the Rockies, in Loveland, Colorado, which has a level II trauma center (regional trauma magnet). Upon arrival, Carol was unconscious with significant internal bleeding. The surgeon was able to operate and sew up a tear in her upper right atrium to stop the bleeding. She was unresponsive until three days after the accident, when she opened her eye briefly, moved her mouth and wiggled her toe when the nurse asked her to.
Roger received a concussion and his right ear was split. After Carol's surgery, Roger's ear was sown up in surgery. On Tuesday, January 3, he was released from the hospital and went home with Diane and Chuck Nielsen, Carol's sister and brother-in-law, who drove in from Iowa on Monday, January 2.
Carol has been on life support at MCR with round the clock care and visits from family and friends.