The first time that we encountered Katie and her family was back on March 18, 2014 for Flight Mission 292. If you recall, Katie and her mother were involved in a motor vehicle accident due to icy conditions on February 12, 2014 . Only on Rehabilitation facility in the United States would accept her as the other facilities declined her because her injuries and probability of rehabilitation was very poor from a prognosis standpoint.
Katie has made some remarkable improvement during her stay at Kennedy Krieger Institute. We when initially transported Katie to Kennedy Krieger she would not move her eyes to follow movement but she would cry and she was paralyzed and in a halo to stabilize her spine in her neck whereas, today she is moving and behaving as a typical 2 year old.
Katie’s mom Kaitlynn stated, “Katie is getting her bone flap put back tomorrow and that surgery is expected to take four hours.” So Katie still has a long road to recovery and Lord willing this will be Katie’s last surgery to work toward a full recovery.
Katie had a large welcoming party when we landed in Chattanooga. She had multiple friends and family. They had multiple large welcome signs. Katie held the cross in her hand that Dr. Milstead has made by Palestine Christians in Jerusalem made of olive wood that we give to every patient that flies with us and she was waving the cross around saying hi to everyone.
We got Katie tucked in at TC Children’s and she waved and said bye, bye and waved. Please keep Katie and her family in your prayers for her to have a continued and powerful miracle of recovery. Please pray for her parents especially since Katelynn’s son has cerebral palsy and having medical issues as well.
Katie’s surgery was a success on Friday, June 13, 2014 to reconstruct her skull!! Praise the Lord Jesus Christ!!