Lara received the call that every mother dreads. Someone from a hospital far away woke her at 6 a.m. to deliver the news that her daughter, Preslee, had been seriously injured in a car accident while visiting family. Preslee’s injuries were extensive: fractured skull; broken leg, arm and wrist; collapsed lungs; lacerated liver; thoracic vertebra compression fractures; and torn neck ligaments. They had to take it one hour at a time.

Over the next few weeks, Preslee received several more surgeries to repair her broken bones, along with the full care of the Level I Pediatric Trauma Center’s staff for her other injuries. After almost a month in the hospital, Preslee was able to travel home with her mother. Although Preslee and her family had a lot of healing to do, her recovery was stellar and she has even resumed gymnastics!

We can all help save more injured kids by supporting efforts to increase trauma readiness with EMS, nurses, doctors and other care in every state.

Learn more about Preslee’s story.