Blue's Race to Recovery
Organized by: Gracie Renfro
Brianna Rivera, an eccentric 15 year old girl who loves to sing, dance and just entertain anyone she’s around, she’s vibrant with so much more life to live, her family and friends call her “Blue”. On Sunday, September 13, 2015 at approximately 9:17 a.m., Brianna was attempting to board a Capital Metro Bus in East Austin, Texas. As she was crossing the intersection at Johnny Morris Road and Loyola Lane she was struck by an SUV, the impact hurled her into the air and onto the pavement with great force. Brianna suffered from brain damage along with many fractured bones to include her ribs, leg, and pelvis during the accident.
At approximately 3:00 PM, Christina, Brianna’s mother, received a call from Austin Police Department and is asked go to Brackenridge Hospital to identify who they believe to be her daughter. Christina raced to the hospital that day in complete shock but nothing could prepare her for what she was about to see, her once vibrant and spunky daughter laid on the hospital bed completely lifeless. The next few months would be the most trying months of Christina and Brianna’s lives thus far. After a few weeks, Brianna was sent to a hospital in Houston that provides comatose treatments for trauma patients, unfortunately, she did not meet the criteria for such treatments and was set to travel back home to Austin to continue her recovery. Shortly before her travel date she became very ill which delayed her homecoming. Week after week Brianna’s homecoming was delayed then on February 10th, 2016, nearly five months after the accident, she began her journey back home.
Brianna is now incapable of walking, talking or caring for herself and is fully dependent of her mother. I had opportunity to meet Brianna and her family while donating a Hoyer lift. During my time there, I realized that although there has been so much tragedy in this young girl’s life, love and hope still surrounds her. It is uncertain if she we will walk again or talk, like anything in life nothing is promised. Briana has spoken words clearly but has not repeated them, her recovery will not be easy and she currently works with a speech therapist along with countless doctors. It was C.S. Lewis that said, “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny”, and I truly believe that Brianna has an extraordinary recovery ahead but needs a little help getting there.
Christina is a single mother and pays out of pocket for a great deal of Brianna’s essential needs including but not limited to doctor’s appointments and medications due to limitations on health insurance or companies failing to deliver essential supplies. Your donation will help improve the quality of Brianna’s life with items like but not limited to a shower chair, a hospital bed, linens, hygiene essentials, medications but ultimately we would like to provide Brianna and her family with a wheelchair accessible van, so that she is able to venture out into the world she loves so much.
If you would like to help with non-monetary items such as linens, hygiene essentials or anything else on Brianna’s list: please send an email to Gracie Renfro or Chris Renfro at email@example.com
To learn more about Brianna and view her progress visit her page at: https://www.facebook.com/PrayingforBlue