On August 22, 2016 Diana was in a car wreck in Salina, KS that caused extensive injuries. She was transported to the hospital in Salina where she underwent her first surgeries. She had her spleen removed, diaphragm repaired and open heart surgery and was placed on life support. She was then flown to a level 1 trauma center in Wichita, KS for further treatment.
In the 2 1/2 weeks since the accident she has had 6 surgeries to repair other internal injuries including a collapsed lung, colon repair, pelvic fracture stabilization, wound vac placement on her abdomen, feeding tube and multiple drains.
They were able to wean her ventilator settings and on September 5th attempted extubation. She did ok for about 5 hours then needed extra help with breathing and 24 hours after the extubation needed to be reintubated. Her lungs still aren't quite healed yet and they just need more time. She will need another open heart surgery in 2-3 months to fix her leaking aorta.
At this point we are taking it a day at a time and rejoicing in any progress big or small. There has been no talk about long term effects or length of stay at this point. We do know that she is looking at a long, difficult road ahead of her.
Diana has overcome a lot already and still has a long way to go. She is still critical and at high risk for infection, therefore at this time the team is only allowing immediate family to visit. Once she starts improving than we can lift that restriction. Feel free to write messages to her either here or on Facebook. When she is more alert we will read the messages to her so she knows how loved she is.
We started this site to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support, prayers and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.