Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. It was Friday night June 8th, Charlotte, Chopper, and Stephanie were enjoying a nice night outside. Charlotte and Stephanie decided to take the four wheelers for a little ride around the yard. Charlotte took the lead down the driveway and Stephanie followed. The four wheeler Steph was riding was smaller and slower so Charlotte was farther ahead of her but she could see Charlotte's ATV headlights ahead of her. Steph decided to turn back around and head back up the driveway she turned around to look and seen Charlotte turn out of the driveway and than turn back around, Stephanie continued back up to the garage where Chopper was to just wait for her Mom to come back up. After about 5 minutes passed Stephanie thought it was weird that Charlotte had not come back yet, so that's when she decided to go back down the driveway to see if maybe the ATV quit on Charlotte. When Stephanie got to the end of the driveway she could see Charlotte's ATV still running across the gravel in the ditch but no Charlotte. Stephanie immediately started looking for Charlotte and that's when she found her in the ditch unresponsive. Stephanie didn't have her phone on her at this time so she immediately ran up to the house to tell Chopper and call 911. Chopper and Stephanie ran back down to Charlotte and waited for help to arrive. After the help arrived, it was immediately known she needed to be airlifted as she was not conscious and was having trouble breathing. The ambulance drove Charlotte to the Hutchinson Hospital where they met the air ambulance and flew her to HCMC.
Once to HCMC Charlotte was diagnosed with a severe head injury that has affected her speech and left side mobility, road rash, and a contusion on her left hip. She remained in and out of consciousness for the next couple of days. It wasn’t until Sunday, June 10th, that she really woke up and could respond to commands.
She is making phenomenal progress every day, but she is facing a long road of physical therapy and speech therapy.