Two-year-old girl left paralyzed after falling on drinking glass while playing at grandparents' house
A freak accident left a 2-year-old girl paralyzed after she fell on a drinking glass and had shards of glass in her neck
A single mother-of-two from Calgary, Canada is now urging parents everywhere to keep a close eye on their children after her daughter got paralyzed following a freak accident. The two-year-old fell on a drinking glass and was severely injured.
Little Jaclyn Derks was playing in a fort that she had built while she was at her grandparents' house. She fell on an object placed in between the couch and the bed and as a result, was left with shards in her neck. The freak accident took place on July 22 and sent glass piercing through her spinal cord resulting in her being partially unable to move the left side of her body.
Her 25-year-old mother Kayla Rudichuk shared that this was one of her scariest incidents. As reported by CTV News, Kayla said, "I've never seen so much blood, so much pain," before sharing that she received the call of her daughter's accident while she was grocery shopping. The injury was so bad that for a while Kayla thought that she was going to lose her child, but she is now recovering after the emergency surgery.
"I could just hear the panic in her voice. She told me Jaclyn was being rushed to the hospital," Kayla recalled. According to the doctors who treated Jaclyn, there had only been one such other case of a freak accident in Turkey. Kayla wants other parents to be more careful and not have to experience such a thing and said, "Pay as close attention as you can to your babies and keep them close because you never know what can happen."
Her daughter is very lucky to be alive, and now medical experts are hopeful that the child will make a recovery and be able to walk again. Her GoFundMe page states that she "can't stand without being supported but she now has braces that help with teaching her to walk and build those muscles back up." Kayla wrote on the page: "I now understand why there are so many great things to say about this place. Jackie is one resilient little angel, and the progress is better and better every day."
Jaclyn's family is amazed at her progress, but it is not easy on Kayla who has to watch her daughter recover and learn things all over again. "The hardest part is honestly physio. That's when I get the most emotional because even though it's so positive and so good, it's a realization that this is what the rest of my life is going to be like," she shared. Rudichuk has had to take leave from her two jobs to care for Jaclyn.
Her friends have been trying to help her out and have been able to raise $10,800 (at the last count), exceeding the initial $1,000 goal. One of Kayla's friend, Amanda Lane (her friend of 10 years) shared, "She's been always there for us so we just did what we do and we come together and help Kayla out."