Erin Nielsen

First post: Jul 9, 2021 Latest post: Oct 13, 2021
Erin, Jason and Taylor were involved in a terrible head on collision on July 7, 2021 near Durango, CO.  A driver swerved into their lane.  Jason, unfortunately, did not survive and our hearts are broken grieving that loss.  Taylor miraculously was assessed in the ER and discharged with only abrasions (thank goodness for car seats).  Erin survived but has a long road ahead of her.  Erin was airlifted from Durango to the UC Aurora Hospital ICU,  just outside of Denver.  Erin has multiple injuries, but fortunately is stable.  She has an unstable pelvis with multiple fractures and will need surgery, which is planned for 7/9.  She also has a broken scaphoid bone so her right hand will be splinted for about 8 weeks, but hopefully will not need surgery.  She has broken bones in her neck, broken toes, broken ribs, broken sternum, bruised lungs, a bruise on her heart, but fortunately all these injuries seem they will heal without major issue.  

Being admitted in Denver, especially during COVID, is challenging, and visitors are limited.  Taylor, Jason’s parents, Erin’s parents, Erin’s sister and baby niece are all here now, and we’re very fortunate that Erin has an aunt, uncle and cousin that live in Denver and could be here with her immediately and have helped us immensely.  

We wanted to create one site to update everyone.  We so greatly appreciate all the prayers, support, and love, it’s just so hard to respond to everyone individually.  We’re so grateful that Erin is alive, but our hearts have a huge hole grieving the loss of Jason.  We know Erin will have a long recovery ahead of her.  They anticipate she will be in a wheelchair for about 3 months, with the full recovery from surgery taking 12-16 months.  Unfortunately having a splint on her dominant hand will make this more difficult as well.

We also wanted to share that we started a gofundme for Erin as well since many have asked about this.  We know that she’ll have lots of expenses in the short and longer term.  Many have been asking about this, and if you feel compelled and able to, I’ll share the link for this as well.  Erin, of course, wants everyone to know they should not feel obligated in any way.  Donations made in the caring bridge site go to caring bridge, not to Erin ❤️

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