Last Thursday (December 15) evening, Mari had a car accident at home. She spent the last few days in hospital and was able to return home yesterday afternoon. Praise the Lord that she has only one small bone break and a mass of bruises, but no major injuries.
Thursday evening, she stopped in our driveway to pick up something she left behind on the way to her Bible study group Christmas party. She got out of the minivan to open the gate but apparently our minivan was still in gear. It started to move forward slowly and bumped the gate open but unfortunately was still turning slightly and crushed Mari between the concrete gatepost and steel gate, and the side of the minivan. Mari stayed upright but the van rotated her at least once around, crushing her from all sides. The van then rolled up into our carport where is stopped.
Mari was taken to hospital by ambulance. After some examination, she was kept at the hospital for observation and pain management. She has one small broken bone they found only two days later when the x-rays were reviewed, a “process” which is one of seven small bone protrusions on each spinal vertebra. The doctors here decided it does not need surgery. Mari may also have some cracked ribs but we are told those do not always show up on initial x-rays, only later when they start healing and the new bone growth becomes evident.
However, Mari has massive bruising from her knees all the way up through her rib cage. Her right thigh is especially bad. There is also a lot of internal organ bruising as she was pretty much compressed down to about a 3-4” thickness as the van squeezed her against the concrete fence post. She is a lot of pain and taking a lot of pain medication. We anticipate it her recuperation will take several months.
I’m taking the minivan in for repair estimates this afternoon to see if the doors can be repaired or if it better to just get two good salvaged doors shipped down from the US.
Please lift Mari up in your prayers, thinking the Lord her injuries were not any more severe, and that she will heal quickly and well, and for her pain to go down.
Joshua is adapting to life in his own apartment downtown, an experience in Tiny House living. Lydia and Rachel are holding up well through the events of the last few days.
Have a great Christmas and new year. Thank you all for your prayers of encouragement and support.