Hi, this is Billy Campbell. My sister has set up this website in order to keep friends and family informed about my wife Cathi's condition. For those of you who do not know what happened or only know part, I'll go through last week's events...
On Tuesday May 29th as Cathi and I went about our pasture rotation for the cows, we noticed a new calf born the previous night and went to investigate and possibly tag the calf's ear. Everything seemed normal as we walked up to the mother and baby but as I put my hand on the calf and instructed Cathi to get my tag tool, the mother cow knocked me down first and then knocked down Cathi and went into attack mode like I've never seen. In just 30 seconds, the cow stepped on Cathi and then I jumped on the cow to get her off of Cathi. Once I got the cow to run off, I saw Cathi was unconscious on the ground with a cut on her head. At this point the herd was coming towards us and seemed agitated so I grabbed Cathi's arms and dragged her outside the pasture for safety. I wrapped her head and called 911. When I heard the sirens nearing, I went up to the top of the driveway to flag them down and show them where she was lying. She was transported by ambulance to the trauma center at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina where she was treated for her brain injury, internal bleeding caused by a torn artery in her abdomen, a large cut on her back, and several broken ribs. She underwent surgery that day to repair the torn artery in her abdomen and stop the internal bleeding. She then remained sedated and unconscious until she awoke on Thursday night. On Sunday night, she was finally moved from critical care in the trauma ICU to a regular hospital room.
Cathi suffered bruising on her brain as well as a minor brain bleed which takes time to heal, but she can now speak, listen, and move everything like she should though most of her time is spent sleeping and resting so her body can recover. She still has some confusion but with time and some therapy, I expect the best. In fact yesterday she was able to stand with assistance for the first time, so she is making more and more progress each day.
As more news comes about, look for this website to keep you updated on her condition. We have so many friends and family to thank for support and I could fill 100 pages listing each and every one of you. Thank you all so much - we are so blessed to be a part of your lives and to have you in ours.
With love and thanks to all, Billy Campbell
From Tracey Campbell: Please note that Cathi has minimal health coverage, and we expect there to be a lot of out-of-pocket health expenses to be incurred after her surgery, week in the ICU, and physical therapy. On behalf of my brother and Cathi, I am setting up a GoFundMe website on their behalf for those of you that are able and want to donate to help cover those expenses. The GoFundMe site will be linked to this website in the very near future. I will put an update here when the GoFundMe website is up and running. For those of you who are unable to donate, please know that they understand and appreciate all your prayers and support. NOTE THAT WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL FOR THIS WEBSITE BUT IF YOU DONATE TO CARING BRIDGE BY CLICKING ANY OF THE "Donate to CaringBridge" LINKS ON THIS PAGE, THAT MONEY DOES NOT GO TO CATHI OR BILLY.