“Sarah had to relive the pain all over again”
You wouldn’t know it from looking at her now, but 14 year old Sarah was recently in a horrific head on collision. As this is the second car accident that she has experienced in her young life, Sarah was forced to relive the painful trauma and emotional turmoil that accompanied her first MVA. To make it worse, this time her brother was also injured. He was transferred to a different hospital for treatment, and their separation during recovery was particularly hard on Sarah.
Her doctors found that she had a broken leg and clavicle, a fractured leg, and internal injuries as a result of the accident. Sarah underwent two surgeries during her lengthy hospital stay. The first surgery focused on repairing the damage she sustained to her intestines. Her doctors had to remove a portion of her bowels due to the extent of her injuries. For her second surgery, Sommer needed a rod implanted into her leg bone due to the severity of the break in order to maintain proper alignment during the healing process. The goal is to avoid complications like compartment syndrome, a neuromuscular condition commonly associated with high-impact injuries that causes pain, swelling, and disability in muscles near the broken bone.
Sarah maintained a positive attitude despite the distressing nature of the ordeal that she suffered. She drew on her own inner strength as well as the love and encouragement that she received from her plentiful visitors during her stay in order to manage the significant pain. She is devoted to making a full recovery, consulting with her medical team about her injuries in order to do everything in her power to make that happen. The strength of her determination and resilience are what make Sarah stand out as a Hero.
We are pleased to honor Sarah as Kid’s Wish Network’s along with Kosair Children’s Hospital’s Hero of the Month. Congratulations, Sarah!