A Heartbreaking Story Every Family Should Read

We have a colleague in central Georgia whose client wanted to share this story. We are honored to share it with you…

Dear Friends,
Please take a moment to read this message. I want to let you know of a tragic accident involving my niece and her beautiful family.

On Christmas Eve, my niece, Trina Haxton (29), and her husband, Paul (30), were driving with their two daughters, Lyndsey (6) and Hayley (4) to visit Trina’s mother (my sister). Less than a mile from her mother’s house, they lost control of their car. It rolled several times, finally landing upside down in a ditch. Paul was killed instantly and Trina sustained severe spinal chord injuries. Miraculously, the girls survived with only minor bruises. No one witnessed the accident, but a neighbor heard the girls crying for help and was able to get the girls out of the car and save Trina’s life.

Trina was air-lifted to the University of Maryland Medical Center where she underwent emergency surgery on her spine and is currently in critical condition. She suffered such devastating injuries that she will likely be a quadriplegic. We are hopeful that she will be able to breathe on her own. Paul’s New Year’s Eve funeral was attended by hundreds of friends and family members but not by his loving wife. Fortunately, they were able to videotape the funeral so that Trina can watch it when she is conscious and healthy enough. She has not seen her girls since the accident.

The girls are safe and staying with my sister, Trina’s mother, in Delaware. My sister was nearing retirement and will now care full-time for her daughter and two granddaughters.

As you might imagine, Trina is facing a lifetime of devastating medical costs. They are a loving family. Before the accident, Paul was a devoted father who worshiped his girls, and Trina was a dedicated mother who stayed home with them. Now, she faces an unimaginable battle.

I am asking you to consider making a donation to help them care for the girls and provide ongoing care to my niece, who may never be able to hug her children again. For all the fun runs, 5Ks, bake sales, and office pools you’ve ever given to, please consider this request. Perhaps you can make a donation in thanks for your own personal blessings. We are heart-broken and hoping for a miracle.

The family is accepting donations at the following site:

I am also attaching a link to a video with some pictures of my niece and her beautiful family. Please feel free to forward to anyone whom you believe might be moved by this story.

Paul Sponaugle


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Posted on February 25, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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