On Wednesday October 25, 2017, Cathy took the day off of work to do some yard and house work. She has been working a lot lately and wanted to get some other things done. She took her car to Discount Tire for a tire rotation, trying to get there when they opened at 8:00am. Instead she "slept in" until 6:30 am and left a little later. My mom always tries to accomplish many things at once. Instead of sitting around waiting for the car to be completed, she went across the street to a small strip mall that has a Hallmark, Caribou, and many other stores. When she was crossing the busy street to go back to Discount Tire a car struck her going approximately 40 mph. The driver stayed with her until help arrived.
At approx. 11:30am I received a life changing phone call while I was at work. A sergeant from the Maplewood Police Department was calling asking if Cathy was my mom. He then went on to state that she was hit by a car while walking across White Bear Ave. When I got to Regions Hospital to see her, we were brought to a family room where they told us that she was going into surgery to release some of the pressure from her brain. They also explained that they inserted a breathing tube to make her more comfortable. At 1:00pm we received an update from the neurologist that she was out of surgery. There was some bleeding on her brain and they inserted a device that would constantly measure the pressure in her brain to make sure they could keep the swelling under control. Thankfully the brain swelling seemed to be under control throughout the afternoon into the evening.
She is being sedated so that she doesn't try pulling out her breathing tube and so she can get some comfort and much needed rest. The doctors also told us that there are some secondary injuries that will be addressed once they are comfortable with the primary concern, her brain. Some of her secondary injuries include a broken leg, broken shoulder, bruised lungs and facial fractures.
Currently my mom's outcome/recovery is in God's hands. We know how strong and amazing of a woman she is. She would give the shirt off her back if it could help someone else. Right now we need prayers more then anything else. We need prayers for her brain to heal, for her lungs and organs to stay healthy and functioning properly like they currently are. We need prayers for her to stay strong and to keep fighting and we need prayers for our family to maintain our patience and strength during this time. Our family is completely heart broken at this horrific accident and are trying our best to maintain our hope.