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This is a video of Kodi's life in 2004 age 7, prior to her accident in 2006. This is the only motion video we have of Kodi & her mother Jackie.
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Hi, I am Kodi's Aunt Myrna, pictured above with my sister Jackie, Kodi's mom.
On July 17, 2006 Jackie went to pick Kodi up from the YMCA about
a block from her house in St. Petersburg Florida. She left her house about 5:15
pm. On the way home she turned to go into her neighborhood and a speeding
driver hit her car. The teen driver is 17 years old. His name is Nicholas
Brunk. His vehicle skidded approximately 105 feet before impacting Jackie's car
on the passenger side. He then knocked her car another 65 feet into someone's
yard into a tree.
Jackie's friend Dale Frankenberg came upon the accident. He was devastated
to say the least. He knew the severity of the injuries. He phoned my brother
Rick and told him. My mom was at my house having dinner when I received the
call from Rick. I told him he should talk to mom because I was not able to tell
her. She has congestive heart failure and I was scared she might not be able to
take the news.
The accident happened at 5:36 pm. The Fire Department was the first to
arrive. They knew how severely Jackie had been injured as the trauma to her
head was very visible. So they took her on to Bay-front Trauma Center. The life
squad took Kodi to Bay-front also. They immediately prepped Jackie for surgery
as she had a punctured lung.
We were not able to get a flight, as the last flight to Tampa was at 7:05 pm
So we opted to drive and try to make it. We stayed in touch with Nikki (my
daughter) as she was our liaison between the hospital. We were in Chattanooga
Tennessee when we received a phone call that Jackie had came through the surgery
however her heart had stopped two times during surgery, but the Dr.s were able
to bring her back. We then received a call from Nikki at about 10:12 pm, only to be
told that Jackie had passed away. We were devastated. They had then taken Kodi
to All Children's Hospital right next door.
Kodi was listed as very critical. She had a broken Pelvis, clavicle, right
femur and severe brain shearing. She lay in a coma from July 17, 2006 until the
end of August. About the last week of August she opened her eyes for the first
time. After a few days they moved her from Picu1 (pediatric ICU) to Picu2
where she was upgraded to stable condition. She remained in the Picu2 unit as we
had to make the decision where she should go from there. While she was in the
Picu1 unit Kodi needed a feeding tube.
About 1 week after they put the tube in, it was time to make arrangements to
bring her home because our entire family lives in the Northern Kentucky area. We
searched the Internet for an Air Ambulance Service only to find out that it was
going to cost us between $13,000.00 and $20,000.00 depending on how many Doctors and
Nurses were needed for the flight.
I stayed in Florida at the Ronald McDonald house while Ashley came home and
went to the Social worker at Children's Hospital in Cincinnati. She told them
our story and God gave us a miracle. Sheila Howard and Susan Bernan with
Children's Hospital made arrangements to Go to Florida and fly Kodi home for us
(FREE OF CHARGE)
Kodi arrived at Children's Hospital in Cincinnati and began her therapy.
She remains there as of the date I am typing this (September 19, 2006). She has therapy about 6 hours each
day. The Dr. says her range of motion with her arms and legs is improving. The
speech therapist is trying to teach her to control her tongue. She still has
not verbally responded to us yet but, any day she could speak. The swelling in
her Brain could take up to a year to subside. They will start her on a drug
called Amentadine (this is to jump start the brain) soon. She must first be
weaned from the Valium which is used to keep her comfortable. She is in Room 77
on the 4th floor in the children's rehabilitation. If there is no more
improvement on or about October 12th, the Hospital will have to release her to
Ashley. Ashley is 21 years old and this is a huge task for her to take on. She
is working with my sister Tina, as Tina has offered to care for Kodi in her
home. I will keep you updated and let you know what happens. Kodi may go to
the Drake Hospital for a few weeks or so after leaving Children's.
We have lost a dear member of our family. Jackie was my youngest sister.
She is one of the kindness people you would ever meet. She did a lot for the
homeless when she was alive. She would go to the local grocery stores and get
items and pass them out. She opened her home with no fear to anyone who needed
a place to rest. She followed Christ's example when it came to feeding the hungry
and taking them in.
She never met a stranger and I really believe her mission on this earth was
to serve others as she did so every day of her adult life.
We must also remember the young man that was in the accident also. He
knows he has killed someone. He has to live with the fact the he left a 10 year
old little girl with no mother. He is also aware of Kodi's condition. We must
remember to pray for him. At this point these are the events that lead to where
we are now with Kodi. Please remember to continue praying for her. I know it's
not the Lord's will for her to remain in the condition she is currently in. We are
praying all the time and just waiting on our miracle.
I will keep you updated.
Love in Jesus
Your friends, Myrna Sherman and Family
Meta, Peggy, Myrna, Tina and Rick
Please Note: Kodi is no longer at Children's Hospital.
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