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Update: Dawn has left her parents' house which is good but she only has an apartment for 6 weeks. The money that was donated went to co-pays and healthier food. She has developed a bone disorder that is usually caused by anorexia or by not getting enough vitamin D. She has to get that better before she can have any more surgery. Her lawyer has filed a Stafford Complaint to the woman who hit her insurance. He's asking for $850,000 although it probably unlikely she will get that amount.
2 weeks ago, she went to the intersection where she was hit. The walk/don't walk lights and signage were completely changed and were working. An open records request showed that there had been about 74 complaints about that light and over 700 accidents a year. Another open records document showed that 11 people called 911. Guess who wasn't on the list? The driver.
She is still searching for the DART employee who helped her but feels like she won't find him. She is sending a Thank You to DART maintenance department and hopes he sees it.
She is starting a blog with pictures of what happen and what everything looks like now. We will post the link as soon as it up.
This is what we need: money, legal advice,how to do you get cell phone records, affordable housing options, job options, and just letting her know she is not alone. As I said before, call, email or snail mail. It all matters.
Now, if you donate at least $18 you are entered to win a mini ipad and a shower cap. (I don't know why a shower cap but whatever)
If you donated at least $28, you are entered to win a Jawbone Jambox or a Nixon Watch.. $33 dollars gets you entered for 8 pairs of Reef Sandles.
So if any of those things appeal to you. Please donate, But sending her email or card means just as much.
On 11/13/13 at 2:12 PM, Dawn Quiett was attempting to cross the Plano Rd at Spring Valley when a 5000 lb Dodge Durango making an illegal left hand turn hit her. (No, wait that is wrong. According to the driver of the SUV, Dawn hit the hood of her SUV and flew backwards.)
I am a friend of Dawn's and I found this page and thought WTH, let's give it try. If it works, that's great. If it doesn't then she is no worse off then she is now.
You know how they say you should have health insurance because God forbid you get hit by a car? It's true. And Dawn has insurance but there are co-pays, medication, physical therap and counseling. She became the proud owner of a plate and six pins in her shin after tibia plateau surgery which the head of orthopedics at UTSW/Head of Trauma at Parkland said she probably didn't need. Thanks to that plate, she developed a really bad infection which required another surgery. She made them remove all of the metal while they were in there. It also put her back on the walker for six more weeks. She is now probably facing a total knee replacement.
Even though she kept telling the original hospital her wrist hurt, they refused to x-ray it. A month later, another doctor found a scaphoid fracture, a little peanut shaped bone in her wrist. She has spent 6 months in a cast or splint and it is a non-union. (Doctor-speak for it is still broken.) Because the original hospital refused to check for a fracture, the success rate of healing went down from 90% to 50%. So welcome to surgery #3, which requires a bone graft and screw or a wire which if she doesn't have it, it could lead to arthritis and at worse the lost of the use of her left hand, The doctor at UTSW/Parkland told her she was looking at total knee replacement. Which equals 4 surgeries for one accident.
The worst part about all of this, is she had partial knee replacement 4 years ago which left her completely pain free after 20 years of chronic pain. Her biggest fear is that she's going to end up where she was 4 years ago-not being able to walk very much, laying on the couch icing her knee and generally feeling bad. The partial knee replacement changed her life.
Then, there's emotional fallout. She has been seeing a counselor and taking medication for anxiety and PTSD. She's still not fond about crossing the street.
And her home life which has always been a minefield has just gotten worse. So there's that added anxiety.
Actually, she says the worse part of the accident was that no one offered to help her after she had been hit and flung four feet back-not the driver, who not only didn't ask if she was OK; she didn't even call 911. The officer when he arrived at the scene didn't help. The 11 people who called 911 and the 3 witnesses didn't help either.
Until one person did. She turned her head to the left and saw a white pick-up truck with a DART logo on it pull over. The driver walked over four lanes of traffic to where she was screaming for help and just sat with her until EMT's showed up. He calmed her down allowing her to be able to speak clearly to the EMT's. The trauma doctor said he probably saved her life by keeping her from going in to shock. (Did you know that shock could kill you even if your injuries aren't fatal? It can.) That has been one of her big projects, trying to find him so that she can thank him. She hasn't had any luck. She really wants to find him and thank him.
Maybe the question isn't why none of those other people helped? Maybe the question is what made that one person stop his truck and comfort a total stranger?
Dawn is living with her parents during her recovery and it is not going well. It is not the best environment for healing physically or emotionally. She has been looking for freelance work. She is finally out of a cast so hopefully some will come her way. Her energy level is finally getting back to normal. She wants to work. She is bored out of her mind. She has been trying to set up a business. which would sell vintage everything, jewelry and things made from found objects on line and via pop-up shops throughout Dallas. She also wants to provide personal shopping for people who have collections but no time to find new additions or a bride looking for the perfect vintage veil. She has always been good at research and finding the unfindable but now she's scary good. She says searching and finding the history of everyday items, calms her so she does it all of the time. So if you know of any jobs, PR, research, writing, etc., please send them her way.
She has a lawyer but he is not optimistic since the driver has such low limits. But, he is working at it.
She needs help with day to day costs, finding a better environment to heal, getting better food to eat and maybe let her know she is not alone in all this. You don't have to donate money to help. Send her an email, give her a call or go all old-school and send a card. Or bring her a coffee. She's dying for a latte. Anything you can do. It all matters.
And if you have any ideas on how she can find her DART guy, send that too. She is obsessed with it.
Oh, she is completely mortified I did this but she needs the help.
UPDATE: With the money, we have already raised, she has been able to eat better and pay some of her bills. THANK YOU!