Welcome to Josh and Makenzie’s CaringBridge site. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. A relief fund has been setup at https://gofundme.com/f/joshandmackenzie.
We thank you in advance for all your kindness and love! On Saturday, May 15, 2021, siblings Mackenzie Porten and Joshua Jeffreys were involved in a horrific multi-car, head-on collision on Highway 72 and Zehner Road that resulted in multiple medflight transports. Mackenzie was airlifted to Huntsville Main ICU while Joshua was flown to UAB ICU. Mackenzie had a dislocated pelvis, fractured L5 vertebrae, fractured fibula, fractured radius, bruised lung, and severe seatbelt lacerations. Joshua sustained two broken femurs, a broken tibia, collapsed lung, and multiple lacerations. He has endured several surgeries with more to follow to repair the shattered femur. He remained intubated and on a ventilator for three days. Both remain hospitalized 100 miles apart as they begin their healing process.
Mackenzie is a 23 years old type 1 diabetic and was recently selected to attend UAB Medical School in pursuit of a doctorate in endocrinology. Joshua is 15 years old and plays football at James Clemens High School. These beautiful kids are the product of a loving patchwork family that is no stranger to adversity, and whose vocation has been serving their community.