“Both lungs filled with blood and her femur was broken in half”
Bailey was the passenger on the back of a motorcycle when it was broadsided by a car. She was wearing her helmet, but it could not protect the rest of her body from traumatic injury. Bailey spent 11 days in the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit following the accident. She had 4 broken ribs, 2 broken vertebrae, 2 spinal fractures, a bruised spinal cord, a collapsed right lung, and a laceration on her liver. Both of Bailey’s lungs were filled with blood and her left femur was broken in half, requiring doctors to place rods and screws in her leg to stabilize it. Bailey underwent 3 surgeries during her hospitalization and is now on a long road to recovery.
In immense pain as a result of her extensive injuries, Bailey said that she still “managed to hold [her] head up with everything [she] had.” She lost complete sensation in her legs and is currently attending physical therapy to regain it with the help of a walker. According to Bailey, “it was a lot of hard work” to even get to where she is today, and it will continue to be a journey of strength and determination in order to make a full recovery.
We are proud to recognize Bailey as Kids Wish Network’s and the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Hero of the Month! Congratulations, Bailey!