Support Helen Andersson

Support Helen Andersson

From Jill Cornillon

So many of you have asked how you can help Helen and NOW is the time. We are raising funds to help cover the crazy amount of medical bills that are adding up. Your generosity is deeply appreciated!

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4 months ago

Hey friends.
Here is a little update on Helen.
First of all, thank you so so much for your donations! Helen would like me to pass along her sincere gratitude. We are both overwhelmed by the outpouring of support. Thank you so very much! And if you can still pass along the link to anyone that you think might know her and would want to help, please do. We are getting close to our goal, but not quite there.

Helen is now in Sweden with her family for a few weeks. Her surgeon gave the okay for her to fly, so last week I took her to the airport and we tearfully said goodbye. We had ordered a wheelchair and some help, and everyone at the airport was fantastic. Her travel day was long and tiring, but worth it. Now she is at her sister’s house and getting lots of rest. Definitely the best place to be to continue her recovery, and her family is so happy to have her there. She will be returning later this month for more scans and doctor appointments, but for now she is enjoying some family time.
-Jill

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Help Helen Recover!

So many of you have asked how you can help, so we are putting this out here.

A lot of you already know (but many don’t) that on the morning of May 17th, my dearest friend Helen suffered a bad fall down a flight of stairs. She was unconscious for several hours, and thankfully she woke up and was able to call me for help. Luckily I could rush right over and take her to the ER, where they discovered she had fractured her neck in four places, had a bad concussion and brain bleed, a couple of broken fingers on her right hand and a pretty banged up face. She was then immediately taken to Vassar hospital ICU. What a crazy scary night for her, and for me!

On the 20th of May she underwent surgery to fuse her neck to stabilize the fractures. At that point her brain bleed had been monitored and thankfully considered to be stable. After 10 days at Vassar, she was transferred to Helen Hayes acute rehabilitation facility, where she slowly learned to walk and do things on her own again. Not an easy time for her. I took her home a few weeks later, so all in all she was in the hospital a little over one month.

Due to COVID, her family in Sweden was not allowed to enter the US, no matter how much they wanted to come see her and help. Because of this, she has had to rely only on friends and she is so grateful to everyone for their help.

The main obstacle has been her TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). She suffers from double and distorted vision and from other related brain issues, making it extremely difficult and unsafe to move about on her own. It is also too hard for her to read, write, watch anything on a screen and sadly, impossible for her to really have visits from friends. 

We had thought that by now the issues from the brain would have been resolved, but it is sinking in that she really has a long road ahead of her. Because the future is uncertain, she will need our help. Like I mentioned, so many of you have asked how you can help, and up until now there has been very little for anyone to do. It will no doubt be a very long time until she will be able to work again, and the last thing that she needs right now is to worry about how she will pay her bills. So let’s help her out!

Thanks in advance.

Jill + friends and family of Helen

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Jill Cornillon posted a new update:
4 months ago

Update #1

Hey friends.
Here is a little update on Helen.
First of all, thank you so so much for your donations! Helen would like me to pass along her sincere gratitude. We are both overwhelmed by the outpouring of support. Thank you so very much! And if you can still pass along the link to anyone that you think might know her and would want to help, please do. We are getting close to our goal, but not quite there.

Helen is now in Sweden with her family for a few weeks. Her surgeon gave the okay for her to fly, so last week I took her to the airport and we tearfully said goodbye. We had ordered a wheelchair and some help, and everyone at the airport was fantastic. Her travel day was long and tiring, but worth it. Now she is at her sister’s house and getting lots of rest. Definitely the best place to be to continue her recovery, and her family is so happy to have her there. She will be returning later this month for more scans and doctor appointments, but for now she is enjoying some family time.
-Jill

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