This month, the center of attention is Melanie, a lovely mother of four who was involved in a terrible accident and is now wheelchair-bound. This is her story.
One fatal evening, Melanie was taking a stroll with her 16-year-old son Aidan when a car with a distracted driver ran fully into her. She suffered severe injuries and will have to spend the next months in a wheelchair, after which she’ll hopefully be able to walk again.
This video introduces Melanie, her family and the accident that changed their lives (warning: it’s not for the faint-hearted).
Are You Prepared for Emergencies?
One moment can change everything. One second can switch life from perfectly normal to near-death.
In the seconds Melanie realized what was happening, she told her son she was dying and started saying her goodbyes to the family. But Aidan reacted quickly by holding her, talking to her, distracting her as much as possible to avoid her going into shock. His actions saved his mother’s life in those critical moments.
How well do you handle emergencies? How shock-proof is your personality?
You can never fully prepare for something as sudden and dramatic as a car accident. But you can think about coping strategies and life-saving actions in a general sense. When someone else suddenly needs you and you need to make split-second decisions, how do you react?
At the very least, you should have a phone at hand to call an ambulance – and not wait for somebody else to do it.
Melanie’s Love Drop: Practical Aid
Melanie is a kind and upbeat spirit, doing pretty much everything in the house for her husband and four kids. They’re adjusting now, helping out as much as they can and realizing how big her role actually was.
Besides caring for her family, Melanie also loves to help out others through blogging, couponing and letting people in need ‘shop’ in her emergency pantry. She’s the kind of person who always takes care of others and now has to accept that others take care of her. Watch the other videos to find out more about Melanie’s resilient and helpful nature.
This month, the guys at Love Drop come together for Melanie and her family to make the recovery more bearable by adapting the house to her reduced mobility. She loves to cook, so Love Drop is raising money for a stove with front controls, as well as a front-loading washer and dryer so she can keep on doing laundry.
The accident has changed the family’s life into a before and an after. Let’s try to make the after as smooth as possible for them.
Will you chip in?
Donate through Love Drop today.