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Share the Season: Woman tries to recover physically, financially after accident

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at 5:26 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at 7:24 a.m.

Share the Season is an annual campaign that offers one-time aid to people affected by unforeseen hardships. The people are not identified to protect their privacy.

A car accident in August left the 42-year-old mother with a broken heel and ankle just as she was to begin a new job.

The family’s only car was totaled.

She has been hospitalized three times since August and has undergone two surgeries. She has not been able to work.

“If I had had a different surgeon, amputation of my foot would have probably been chosen, as my injuries were so severe,” the woman wrote in her application to Share the Season. “Instead I have a wonderful surgeon who is doing everything he can to save my foot. I am in severe pain, (and have) had every complication and infection that one can have with an injury such as mine.”

Her husband has had to take off time from work to take her to the doctor. The couple has teenage daughters.

“I feel like such a burden to both my husband and to our girls, because not only am I able to do almost nothing, but financially, even with me having insurance, the total cost of this accident will probably be in excess of $300,000, of which we will owe 20 percent or $60,000, so filing for medical bankruptcy is a real possibility in the near future.”

So far, Share the Season has raised $115,458.

Send contributions to Share the Season at the Wichita Community Foundation, 301 N. Main, Suite 100, Wichita, KS 67202.

To donate online, go to www.sharetheseason.org. Or use your smartphone to scan the QR code with this story.

Donors will be listed in The Eagle; please note if you prefer to remain anonymous.

To apply for help, fill out an application at www.sharetheseason.org or pick one up at the Salvation Army, 350 N. Market. The application deadline is Dec. 16. For more information, call 316-263-2769.

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