About 48 hours following a critical one-vehicle accident involving Creighton junior Alexa Henery, her family is thankful for the outpouring support they are receiving.
Alexa, daughter of Don and Tammy Henery of Center, was air lifted to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa, after the Jaws of Life was needed to extract Friday morning.
According to Tammy, "October 2, 2015 started as any other Friday for our family. And quickly we were reminded that things change in the blink of an eye! Alexa was involved in a one car accident heading to school. An amazing team of firefighters, ambulance workers and law enforcement used the jaws of life to get her out of her car. She was life flights to Mercy Medical in Sioux City and brought into the trauma unit. We know she has a brain bruise that is a severe head trauma. Her vitals are stable for the most part. She is on a ventilator because she is not able to breath on her own."
On Sunday morning Tammy posted: "It is a baby step but...they took her off the sedation medicine at about 8:10 this morning to see if she will wake up...and she fought them combing her hair and opened her eyes! She looked at me!!! I don't know what she saw but I saw her! They are putting her back on the medicine as she was trying to pull her tubes out...but it is great news!"
Earlier Sunday Don posted, "As I sit here in Alexa's room this morning, 'day three' is starting. Day one was a blur, a nightmare I wouldn't wish on anyone!! Day 'two' had many small victories and one drawback. Over all it went as good as it could. Today started with a chest x-Ray. We're hoping that Al continues to improve, we know this isn't an overnight stay. We'll take the small victories!! I do want to add that the response from everyone who was at the scene, to the thoughts and prayers from not only our community but everywhere, the support of family and friends while here at Mercy, both in person and the phone, on Facebook and texts has been greatly appreciated and without it I don't know how we would have been able to handle this. Times like this show us what the big time cable TV news won't. That there IS good in this world and good, no GREAT people willing to forget their lives and personal differences in someone else's time of need and stepping up. I couldn't even start to list everyone's names who have touched our families lives, you all know who you are. THANK YOU!! I hope I can step up to the plate for each and everyone of you in your time of need. Please continue to keep Alexa in your thoughts and prayers."