The Impact…… the sound of screeching tires, the sound of the ambulance on it’s way, the sound of the voices on the other end of the phone when they share their stories, the words in each email I sort through.
Emails of people’s suffering, emails sharing stories of the loss of loved one, emails from people that donate graciously because they want their loved one’s to be remembered.
COFR has opened up to me an entirely new world to me, one that is difficult putting into words, this time, I am sharing Donna’s words with you, from a day that changed her life.
I was struck by an 84 year who turned left into me while I was in Florida. I spent 2 months in the hospital then I was able to come home, I was still on oxygen and have had a total of 14 months of in home care.
I lost my left leg and have very little left of a stump. I suffered congestive heart failure, required total resuscitation and 18 pints of blood in the first 48 hours. A pulmonary embolism, severely fracture right humerus resulting in radial nerve damage. My hand was paralyzed and only thanks to God and therapy I have use of it but still have pain and my fingers are badly crooked.
When they pulled my respirator I suffered a laryngeal spasm which resulted in a bedside trach before they rushed me to the OR to put in a #8 trach. I was speechless for 4 mos and it took 4 surgeries before I got the trach out and could talk. I couldn’t even scream for help when i was in pain. I had to write everything down with my left hand and I’m right handed.
I am learning to walk with a C-Leg now. I was left with $180,000 in medical bills from what my health insurance, bike insurance and the at fault drivers insurance is paying. I don’t get one penny for what I went through because of a careless driver. I can’t even afford to by a motorcycle anymore because now I can only ride a trike and they are a small fortune.
I had a 900 credit score prior to this accident and now my credit is ruined. I was wearing a full face helmet but still suffered moderate brain injury which has been very difficult coping with. My heart goes out to all bikers who have been maimed and murdered by careless automobile drivers. I am 47 now and my life is a daily struggle but I am making it. For those out there like me keep fighting and never give up.
Love Donna Marie
Donna hopes her story can help change the driving habits of one person so that they become aware of motorcycles and save one person from the suffering she has undergone.