Nearly a month after an accident, a woman and her young son are doing much better after suffering major injuries.
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On Sept. 4, Hannah Hastings of Placerville had been in a car, driven by a co-worker, getting on to Highway 99 from Highway 50 at about 8:45 a.m. Hastings’ son, Eli, then only 15 months old, was in a forward-facing carseat behind Hastings.
Hastings believes they came to a complete stop, but her coworker said they didn’t quite fully stop. In either case, “some lady just smacked into us,” she said. “We got hit pretty hard.”
She doesn’t entirely remember what happened, but her first thought was of her son. His seat had gone forward while hers went back — hitting young Eli square on the head.
“I can’t get the picture of his face bleeding out of my head,” she said.
As she was screaming for help she noticed an ambulance nearby. “It was a miracle it was there,” she said. She ran to it and there was no current patient. It was their ride to the hospital.
There, she learned that Eli had multiple fractures — his upper and lower orbital, cheek and nose. He had lost full hearing in his left ear, likely permanently. A nerve in the left side of his face was thought to be severed, but was not. Instead, it had been peppered with bone fragments. Doctors hoped he would have full use of his left side of his face in six to nine months. He also had spinal fluid leaks, coming out his ear and nose, Hastings said.
But, four weeks later, he is healing, she said. “He is doing absolutely wonderful.” He is almost walking on his own, but still falls down. Despite this, “It’s a miracle my son is alive.” He remains in the hospital, with Hastings, who works at a medical center, at his side.
She has put aside her own problems to help her son. “Right now, I’m out of work,” she said, as she has to stay with Eli. The crash also hurt her back, and though her son wants her to “carry him, hold him, stand with him,” she finds it hard to stay up for long due to the pain. “Otherwise, I’m good, I have to be strong for him.”
Overall, she wanted to thank everyone who has helped Eli and herself recover so far, especially Alpha One Ambulance Medical Services, whose personnel and ambulance allowed her son to quickly get the treatment he needed for the accident.