Julie's Recovery from Violent Crime
Organized by: Chelsea Boen
Making Great Steps Towards Healing
August 03, 2016
Julie was the victim of a violent crime on July 27th, 2016. While cleaning out her car parked in front of her house in a quiet neighborhood, she was accosted by three men who demanded money and her car keys. They then tried to force her into the car, but she refused to go with them and turned to run when they shot her in the back with a shotgun. She was left lying in the street alone, struggling to breathe until the authorities arrived.
Julie was the primary breadwinner for the household and is lucky to be alive. She has suffered through a punctured lung, lost feeling and minimal use of the left side of her body, severe nerve pain due to the shockwave to her spine from the blast, and shrapnel located in her neck ,chest, and back.
She recently had to have surgery to put a stent in her sub-clavian artery because of the trauma. During that surgery, she nearly suffered the loss of her left arm after a blood clot cut off the blood supply and they lost a pulse. Happily, after blood thinners, they were able to establish a pulse in the arm, but it is still weak, as is her left foot and leg. Right now they are working on mobility, and trying to prevent pneumonia, but she is unable to even sit up by herself at this point in time.
Julie is an amazing schoolteacher and a loving mother. She is also the caretaker of her own mother and husband who is a disabled veteran. She has always been someone who takes care of other people whether it be regularly taking food to the homeless, volunteering at the Dream Center in downtown Tulsa, or working with international students offering help, guidance, and tutoring. She is the kind of person who puts the needs of others before herself.
We are not sure what the long term prognosis is, or how long the recovery time may be, but school starts in 3 weeks and it seems unlikely that she will be able to stand 8 hours in a classroom by then. Right now there is talk about the next step being a rehabilitation facility. We do not know exactly what will be needed at this point, nor what kind of financial needs will arise. We just feel it is certain that she is going to need some help during her road to recovery. The goal was set at $5000, but then we found out my mother has to pay a $5000 deductible before insurance will even help. We have raised to goal to $10,000 so that not only can we pay the deductible, but any other expenses and hospital bills we may accrue. If you feel led to help, or even just share and say a prayer for Julie, it is greatly appreciated!!