Help Sweet Brenda Save Her Sight!

For: Brenda Gordon
Panama City, Panama, Panama
Organizer: David Gordon
Help Sweet Brenda Save Her Sight! (Brenda Gordon)
$15,120
of $20,000 goal.
Raised by 113 donors
75% Complete

The Story

On Monday, January 29th Brenda Gordon was in a freak accident while on a Sport X Change Men's softball ministry to Panama. While spectating at a game she was hit in the face by a pitch that went straight through a tiny hole in the fence. The softball was going approximately 65mph when it struck her left eye and caused multiple fractures. She is undergoing surgery soon after the swelling comes down. They are going to rebuild her eye wall and socket and repair  the fractures in her cheek bone with titanium mesh and screws. 

Full story below...

The game was in a small town in the mountains so she was taken by ambulance to a small hospital in the nearby city of David Chiriqui. There they were able to find a Neurologist who came and determined that there was no life threatening trauma to the brain. Tuesday she was taken by plane to Panama city where a specialist was found who could perform surgery on the broken bones in her face. Before the surgery can be performed the swelling has to reduce and they had to determine how bad her eye was . She was admitted to Santa Fe Hospital in Panama City on Tuesday evening and began treatment to reduce swelling in her head. With further CT scans of her skull it was determined that she has 3 major fractures on the front of her face (near her eye) and multiple fractures in the walls of her eye socket. On Thursday the Ophthalmologist was called in to determine if her eye will survive the surgery. Because of the broken bones her eyeball is falling and her vision is threatened. The Ophthalmologist did give good news that her eyeball does look strong right now as far as what can be seen. After surgery she will have a long follow up with care of her eye and vision. 

On Saturday, February 3rd Brenda will have extensive surgery on the bones around her eye. Titanium mesh and plates will be attached to hold her bones in place. Please be in prayer as this is a very specialized surgery with a tough recovery expected.

Although Brenda has medical travel insurance there have already been many outside expenses to get her to proper care. In Panama everything, including the surgery, must be paid in full in advance. This is customary in many countries but makes it difficult up front. Because of the nature of the accident and the urgency to get the needed care Brenda will be going through all treatment here in Panama city and will be here for at least 3 weeks if not longer. 

Please consider giving any small donation to help cover the many expenses that will not be reimbursed by insurance. We trust that God will meet all of these unexpected needs and we know that through all of this He has a plan. 

"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28 

Brenda is in good spirits and feels held up in prayer by those who have already been praying for her. She is peaceful as she prepares for surgery in the morning. She has many family members near her and much love surrounding her. We expect her to be back to her amazing sweet self soon after this is all over. 

Thank you from the entire Gordon family.

We will keep posting updates as things progress.




Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 16, 2018

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Posted on February 16, 2018

Praise the Lord!! Everything thus far has  turned out great with Brenda's  eye. She finally had her ophthalmologist visit and everything is great. Your prayers were heard and God in His great mercy and grace showed us His power and control in our lives by not only a good report on the eye that was hit,  but we found out the vision in this eye was better than the vision in the other eye. Amazing!!! We can’t believe it. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

She will still have some follow up visits in a month and then another one in a couple months after that with the eye doctor. 

Brenda is still in Panama and will not be able to leave until her surgeon releases her to travel. We are praying this will happen in the upcoming week. God has answered so many prayers and we are so grateful for His mercies. 

Thanks again to everyone for your prayers and support of our entire family!


Posted on February 11, 2018

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Posted on February 11, 2018

Brenda is continuing to heal. She got a good report from her doctor at her recent visit and they also took the stitches out from after the surgery. She still has not been to the Opthamologist but that appointment will be soon and then we will know if her eye has interior damage from the impact. 

At his point we do not know when she will be able to return to the U.S. The doctor said at least 2 weeks. Everything depends on her healing. 

Brenda is very tired but in good spirits. Thank you so much for your prayers. Our entire family is overwhelmed with thankfulness for all of the love we have felt and support we have received. We are so grateful to you. God is so good. 



Posted on February 6, 2018

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Posted on February 6, 2018

The swelling is down. The bandages came off and all is looking great! There are 3 titanium plates and 5 screws holding the bones in her face together. She has 13 stitches that will be removed on Thursday. All is looking so much better!

Brenda was seen by two of her doctors and deemed able to leave the hospital! Praise the Lord! It is all because of prayer that she is healing so well. She is very delicate and has much resting and healing ahead but the doctor thinks she will do better at home (which is her son John's home) in Panama. 

She will not be able to leave Panama for a few weeks at least. Meanwhile we will be keeping her comfortable and will be taking her to appointments nearby with her surgeon and the opthomologist. 

Brenda is a little emotional at this point as the gravity of this last week truly is hitting her. She still needs prayer...not only for her physical recovery but also that her spirits will stay positive and strong. God's peace is with all of us. Day by day, minute by minute we push forward in faith.

May God get all the glory in everything. We are truly grateful for your support and prayers. 

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