First I want to thank everyone for their prayers whether they be directed towards Hayley or Kevin we appreciate every single one of them. Please, continue to pray for Hayley. Please find somewhere in your heart whether you are religious or not to stop and say a prayer. Whether or not you despise myself or my family this is much bigger than that, I beg you to just stop for a second and say a prayer.
For those of you who do not know my Brother Kevin was accepted into Northern Michigan University on a USOEC Scholarship to go to school and skate short track ice. He graduated High School on Saturday and set sail Tuesday for Michigan. The woman my brother cares most about, his girlfriend, who also just graduated this weekend decided to ride along with him so he didn't have to drive by himself. He drove about 11 hours Tuesday before he stopped to sleep. He jumped back on the road around 6am Wednesday morning. Somewhere around 7:30 - 8am Kevin fell asleep behind the wheel of our Chevy Trailblazer. He was driving with the vehicle in cruise control set at the speed limit of 70mph. To the right of the road there is a ditch and then a field of grass. The vehicle hit the ditch and rolled multiple times after that. The vehicle behind them was already on the phone with 911 before the vehicle could stop rolling. Kevin and Hayley were both wearing seat belts, and were both asleep at the point of impact. Once the vehicle stopped rolling both were conscious but Hayley was in obvious and serious pain. At the hospital Hayley was diagnosed with a broken neck and taken into surgery immediately, she did not have feeling in her lower extremities.
After a four hour surgery Hayley is in an ICU room and is awake in stable condition. Tonight they have her on a ventilator for safety, they plan to take the ventilator off tomorrow. The only news on the surgery that we have is that it went 'well'. The Doctor who performed the surgery had already left the hospital for the day when Hayley's mother and my father arrived and the nurse's have very little information to give us. We wont know more until we speak to the doctor and until the swelling around the neck goes down which could take a few days. Hayley's injury is one that is commonly associated with the seat belt when it locks up during impact. Hayley has been sedated all day to keep her as immobile and calm as possible, the also have her arms strapped down on the bed so she stays as still as possible. She has been able to say a few words but it is difficult to speak with the ventilator.
Kevin has a bruised long and a lot of cuts and scratches. Physically he is okay but emotionally he isn't taking the situation very well.
I ask you to put yourself in Hayley's position of uncertainty or in Kevin's emotional position of responsibility and guilt. After doing so I hope you will say a prayer for these two young people that they may make a full recovery. Pray to give them the strength and courage to fight threw this physical and emotional battle. And pray that they can keep a good mind set because a strong mind and a strong outlook can go a long way towards a physical recovery.