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Family can use help recovering from horrible car crash

A car crash that caused traumatic injuries tore this local family apart. After several months spent living in separate houses and separate towns, they soon will be reunited, a joy diminished only by their lack of furnishings, household goods and clothing.

The family’s youngest member, a 5-year-old boy, spent several weeks in intensive care after his mother’s vehicle hit a tree and tumbled down a 60-foot embankment near Sutherlin. The violent motion hurled the boy from the vehicle as it repeatedly rolled, crushing him underneath. A snapped axle had sent the family veering off course.

Flown to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, the boy underwent tracheotomy surgery with a voice-box implant. Standing vigil at her son’s bedside, the 32-year-old single mother lost first her job, then her home. Her older children, a 9-year-old girl and 12-year-old boy, went to live temporarily with distant relatives in a new town, where they braved new schools.

Against all odds, the 5-year-old left Doernbecher able to walk, emerging far earlier than doctors expected. He and his mother stayed with another relative until early this month, when their basic needs brought them to Medford’s Maslow Project. The nonprofit assisted the mother in obtaining food, hygiene products, school supplies and clothing, said Kirstin Cronin, Maslow case manager.

A stranger’s intervention helped to reunite the family in Medford, said Cronin. Now they need to restore their possessions, including kitchen items, furniture, lamps, a vacuum, bedding and towels.

Each member needs clothing and shoes. The mother’s sizes are juniors size 11 pants, large shirts and size 8 shoes. The oldest boy, who loves football and wrestling, wears boys size 14-16 and size 9 shoes. His sister, who loves gymnastics and Barbie dolls, wears girls size 7/8 and size 3 shoes.

The youngest wears boys size 6/7 and size 1 shoes. As he spends the next year recuperating, he would enjoy indoor games and toys. A baby monitor would allow his mother to hear when his tracheotomy needs to be suctioned. The cost of frequent trips to Doernbecher would be eased with gas cards and restaurant gift certificates.

To help, call Cronin at 541-200-9403.

Family can use help recovering from horrible car crash