Rachael is a 21-year old health sciences pre-med student who would have been entering her senior year at St. Louis University. This summer, she was taking a physics class and working a part-time job in St. Louis. While meeting a friend for lunch on July 13th, she was struck by a car while crossing the street. As a result, she suffered a traumatic brain injury and facial fractures from the accident. Rachael was rushed to Barnes-Jewish hospital where the doctors immediately performed surgery to remove part of her skull flap to relieve the pressure from the swelling of the brain which could have led to further brain damage and even death.
Rachael spent the next 3 weeks in the Neuro ICU where they focused on stabilizing her critical condition. They placed her on a vent to facilitate breathing and attended to her other vital conditions. We’re grateful to all of her caregivers for the excellent and personalized care she received while at Barnes. On Thursday, August 3rd, Rachael was stable enough to be air transported to an acute care hospital in the Chicago area.
Today Rachael remains in a coma and is receiving respiratory, physical, occupational, and speech therapy. The respiratory therapists have been working with Rachael to wean her off of the vent. This past week, Rachael achieved a milestone by breathing without the aid of the vent for a full 72 hours. She will remain off of it as long her vitals remain strong.
Rachael has a long road to recovery ahead of her, and we are by her side supporting her every step of the way. While in the hospital, one of the physicians asked me, “what would Rachael want”? The answer, a fighting chance. Rachael didn’t give up on anything she was passionate about, especially life. She loves life and lived it to the fullest.
Thank you for your continued support and prayers that God give Rachael a chance to fight and recover from this horrific accident. I know she will not give up and will fight for her recovery as long as she is given the chance.