My daughter, Juliana Medeirus, was in a car accident on November 13, 2010.
After taking the full brunt of a telephone pole on the driver’s side, her three year-old son, Timmy, walked away with barely a scratch thanks to his car seat. Juliana, however, was choppered to Cooper with two collapsed lungs, a broken sternum, broken ribs, a broken lumbar, four breaks in her pelvis and a broken jaw. She was immediately taken to the operating room and had her spleen taken out, a lacerated liver repaired and a leaking vein brought under control thanks to her skilled surgeons.
Within a day of not waking up, Juliana was found to have Diffused Axonal Injury (shearing of the brain) and will have a long recovery ahead of her. Just weeks later, though, we are happy to report that she is now in rehab, awake, recognizing us and ALIVE! COOPER SAVED HER LIFE!
I hope that one day she will be able to walk through the trauma intensive care unit and thank all the nurses, doctors and staff who tended to her needs at the most crucial of hours. Everyone throughout the hospital was polite and caring; answering even the dumbest of questions I had as her mother.
I thank ALL of Cooper for the miracle that Juliana is still here with us and know she will return to her two babies, Timmy and Audrina, again with the love she always shared with them. Cooper should be renamed the “miracle hospital.” I cannot ever thank everyone from the front desk staff to the security staff and, needless to say, the doctors and nurses who cope each day with new situations and people who need and depend on them for their lives.
Thank you all so much. I will keep you updated with Juliana’s progress and hope to see you all as she walks through your door someday!
Lynne D. Medeirus