Kaylee had a horrific car accident around 9:30am on her way to her classes at Patrick Henry Community College. She flipped her car and rolled it on a backroad coming to rest upside down against a tree. A 911 call went out incredibly fast for a back road with no cell signal. We can not even begin to thank whoever made that phone call for her. This summoned police and rescue faster than you could expect in a rural county like ours.
The rescue squad sedated her and put a breathing tube in onsite and a Wake Forest Baptist Hospital helicopter flew her to Roanoke Memorial Hospital. She sustained devastating injuries to her neck and head. She was admitted through the Emergency Room and immediately assessed. She fractured her skull, multiple facial bones and her jaw. She damaged both carotid arteries, which carry blood to the brain. A CT scan showed brain swelling and bleeding, so she was immediately taken into the operating room to remove one side of her skull to allow room for the swelling. Later that evening, she developed a hemorrhage on the opposite side of her brain requiring the surgeons to remove the other side of her skull. They found the hemorrhage and removed the hematoma. This removal gave her more room for swelling.
She was sent to the Neurological Trauma Intensive Care Unit for more evaluations and recuperation.