Teens need help after car wreck | PostIndependent.com

Teens need help after car wreck

Sean Johnson
Post Independent Intern
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Two lives were shattered on Nov. 11, 2008.

Brett and Raynee Hardrick were badly injured in a car accident on Interstate 70. They were air lifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction after their father’s jeep slammed into a semi-truck parked on the side of the road.

Since then the two teens have had numerous visits to the hospital, therapy sessions for their injuries and surgeries. The result is a massive medical bill with co-pays, travel costs, parents missing work, and other expenses that are not being covered by their insurance.

“Lets Talk,” a nonprofit group that puts on fundraisers for different groups and people, has decided to help the Hardricks. A fundraiser in the form of a theater production will take place on Sunday, July 26, at the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue. The performance will take place at 12:30 p.m., and most of the $35 ticket price will go towards the fundraiser.

“They’re both great kids,” said Van Sea, president of Lets Talk and a family friend. “It was shocking to us,” Sea said about finding out how badly they were hurt.

Brett was treated for massive fractures and lacerations on his face located around his right eye. He spent five days in the Intensive Care Unit and underwent surgery to repair his face. The procedure has left him with about 65 titanium pieces in his face.

Since being released home, Brett has been seeing an occupational therapist once a month. His right eye was damaged – he now has double vision in his eye – and is having short-term memory problems.

Raynee was treated for head trauma and two broken bones, requiring surgery in her right arm. She spent four days in ICU before being sent to recovery.

During therapy the doctor noticed that instead of her arm getting stronger as it healed it was not moving. A neurosurgeon diagnosed her with bracchio-plexis, an injury she sustained from the seat belt on impact. Even with two to three days a week of therapy, she cannot lift her right arm because it’s not working from her shoulder to her elbow.

While things with the Brett and Raynee are not back to normal they both returned to school full time in January. Brett and Raynee have since joined their church’s youth group on a mission trip to Mississippi in March.

“I think the whole thing was so traumatic that its been hard for them,” said Sea. Both Sea and their father stated that they have shown an incredible amount of strength and bravery when dealing with all the issues that have arisen from the accident.

Raynee may have surgery on her arm in hopes that she will be able to move it again someday. Brett, who is dealing with the loss of being able to drive because of his eye, is determined to get behind the wheel again and is dealing with his sinus problems due to his damaged face one day at a time. Both are showing determination and bravery and continue to get better.

Tickets for the fundraiser are available at the door and by reservation by calling Eileen at 948-1692. If unable to attend the performance a donation can be made at any Alpine Bank in the name of the Hardrick Children.

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