Good news -- Texas teenager Jessica Bunch, after four surgeries and something approaching $1million in hospital bills, seems to be recovering slowly from her horrific injuries.
Jessica was standing at a Redbox machine in front of a CVS store in Canton Texas on 7 July, and was struck down by a driver who accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brake. Neither Redbox nor CVS, despite dozens and dozens of such crashes going back at least five years, cared enough for the safety of customers (or employees) to bother with simple, inexpensive, and effective safety barriers placed between Jessica and oncoming vehicles.
Jessica and her father want to change laws to prevent this sort of accident from ever happening again; such efforts are already underway in California, Georgia, Massachusetts, and Florida.
You can see more of Jessica's story in the previous blog post, but for right now, I will let Jessica's father, Don Bunch, give you an update in his own words. You can see his post online (and donate to her recovery fund) at the GiveForward fundraising page "Jessica Bunch -Extended Hospital Relief" HERE
Posted by Don Bunch on July 25th, 2015
Hopefully all surgeries are done. She has had four of them, the first was to stop the internal bleeding, and the second was to remove her appendix, gall bladder, and part of her bowel, the third was to reconstruct her pelvis and the fourth was to reconstruct her rib cage. She has been put through a living Hell right here on earth.
I felt so sorry for her, she lifted her gown and looked down at her tummy and started crying, I ask what was wrong and she said that my body is so cut up, I will always have these scars. I tried to talk to her to soothe the heart ache, but she is heart broken.
Her attitude is a lot better than I ever expected, for someone who was literally crushed to death, she is taking all of this pretty good. She is very optimistic about the accident. She would like to talk to the elderly women that ran over, Jessica says that it will help with forgiving her. I hope this is true.
All in all I’m glad to have my baby girl back. We still have a long way to go, but with the Grace of GOD we will get there.
Thank you so much for all the donations, but most of all thank you for the prayers.