Tammy Andrews Medical Recovery Fund
Organized by: Nancy Bonilla
June 29, 2016
I have been Blessed to have Tammy as my sister in law since 1988.
June 25th was supposed to be one of the happiest days for Tammy. She was so excited about her son Aaron getting married to Connie. A couple days before she had texted me and said, "I just love them both so much." Anyone that knows Tammy is sure to realize how important her kids are to her. Steve (her husband) and Tammy had been very involved in the wedding and contributed to the event more than most grooms parents are willing to do, always putting their kids first. If you know Steve and Tammy they never put themselves first, for they do without to provide their kids of their needs. Friday, Steve and Tammy arrived and we met for lunch. They were both so happy, but especially Tammy. She had a beautiful haircut and shared that at 47, she just had her first manicure and pedicure and how great it was! Now on to the rehearsal for wedding. It was beautiful. Aaron and Connie included both sets of parents in the ceremony as both sets of parents wanted to acknowledge that they blessed the couple and they were willing to help them succeed in their future. Many times it is just the brides parents that give the bride away but Steve and Tammy needed to be included as they are so close to Aaron too. Once all the logistics were figured out, we were off to a nice dinner in preparation for the big day. The day was finally here! June 25th-the day we had all been waiting for. The bridal party went to the brides house where someone was going to fix everyone's hair. It's almost Tammy's turn. A car arrives and they realize it is Connie's grandparents, so Tammy went outiside to grab Max. For those that do not know Max, he is a BIG 100 lb. Weimaraner. Tammy's "grand pup" that she just loves! He is only a year old and a sweet dog but still gets very excited. Tammy grabbed his collar to try to hold him so that he would not jump on the grandparents but Max was too strong. He pulled and she fell from the steps trying to hold onto him. She hit and broke the metal hand railing and fell to the ground. She got up and went inside, sat down and could not get up from there. She was in excruciating pain. Several people carried her to the car and one of the bridesmaids drove her to the ER. One of the groomsmen was off to get Steve to take him to her side. It was time for X-rays. The tragic event unfolded with worse news than any of us could have ever imagined. Her shoulder was broken in 2 places and into 4 pieces. (Whatever that means). In addition she broke her pelvic bone and femur at the hip. An ambulance transported her to a trauma hospital, Tammy still in excruciating pain. Tammy being the selfless person that she is, asked Steve to leave and go to the wedding, for she wanted Aaron to have at least one of his parents there. Steve came back and was simply crushed. He told me that Tammy meant everything to him and he wished it had been him instead of her. He cried as he expressed how much pain she was in and how it just killed him to see her like that. Great friends of Steve and Tammy's were there for the wedding so one of them stayed with Tammy and the other stayed with Steve. God bless them. The ceremony took place and it was a BEAUTIFUL. Next was the reception which was also terrific. The food that Tammy helped picked out was delicious as was the cake. Everyone was having a nice time but there was a sadness that we all felt. Aaron didn't have his Mom there. Tammy was missing one of the highlights of her life. She missed getting her hair done, missed wearing her gorgeous dress, missed seeing the ceremony and being part of it, missed the reception, missed the Son/Mom dance, missed being with Steve and celebrating about how proud they are of the newly wed couple, and then the opening of the gifts and lunch the next day. Tragic. I just don't have any other words to describe it. As a result of the fall Tammy has to have a full hip replacement on June 27th and a shoulder replacement on June 29th. She will have a long road to recovery and will need prayers, love and support from all. Due to the extent of the accident the medical bills will be excessive and we are not sure how long she will be out from work or how long she will be able to be paid. At any age this would be unimaginable to go through, but at 47 it seems even worse. They have Ally graduating next year and will need to go off to college. Please donate to help Steve and Tammy with the expenses ahead. They are very proud people and they do not even know I am setting this up. I just want to be sure they don't incur any additional hardship as a result of this tragic accident. Anything you can spare will be greatly appreciated. God Bless and thank you:)